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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)

TITLE: QUIET WATERS
By Amy Nicholson
06/04/06


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QUIET WATERS

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (NIV Ps. 23:1-3)

I was slightly embarrassed. This was a new experience for me.

“I’ve never done this before,” I said, blushing.

“Don’t worry. You’ll do fine,” she assured me as she gently laid her hand on my shoulder.

As we walked in silence around the pond behind her house, I searched for the most beautiful, most romantic location. Once I had decided on a spot, she left me to do what I had come there to do.

I was already leaving the busyness of home behind me, but it was not until I began to sketch the scene before me that I really let my mind drift. I drew a simple outline of the pond’s edge and the trees. Then my friend came back over to me.

Since I would be using a “wet on wet” method for painting my watercolor, she showed me how to get the entire paper wet in preparation for the paint. She immersed the paper in the pond! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! What fun! She even used the glass table top beside me as a palette! How could I worry about bills and kids and broken windshield wipers when I was painting on tables and dipping my paper into the pond?

So I sat for 2 ½ hours considering light and form. I chatted with a frog. I listened to the birds. At the end of my open art class, my friend asked me if I had thought of any negative stuff the whole time that I was there. I had to think…No! Not at all! For 2 ½ hours I had not had a single negative thought. I had even welcomed the sprinkling rain.

I had want for nothing. I had just delighted in the creation and, in so doing, I had delighted in the Creator. He had led me beside those quiet waters. He had restored my soul.


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Janice Giesbrecht06/09/06
I love the peace and freedom in this scene contrasted to the ugly situations of life. Your line "I chatted with a frog" really brought it home for me. Thanks.
Alfreda Byars06/10/06
What a beautiful piece, I enjoyed reading it, As I thought on the things you wrote, I could feel the peace myself.
dub W06/10/06
Beautiful, soft piece. A pleasant experience in reading. Thank you.
Julia May06/13/06
Very good. I too felt the peaceful setting you descrbed. In Christ's Love,

Julia
Valerie Routhieaux06/14/06
Thank you. This is a beautiful picture of peace. Keep writing.
Virginia Gorg06/14/06
Ah, to chat with a frog.... Very well done. Peaceful and tranquil. Easy to read, flows well, and just makes a picture of peace. Thanks.
Shari Armstrong 06/14/06
How cool -and what an interseting wet-on-wet technique, they never showed that on "The Joy of Painting!" one note - write the numbers out as words :) Very nicely done.
Jan Ackerson 06/14/06
Very lovely indeed. You had more words; I would have loved to have read more, to have had you really bring us into the setting with you. You definitely have the writing ability to do this! Well done.
Edy T Johnson 06/14/06
Another artist-writer! You have my attention. After that lovely introduction, I wouldn't mind more. How about an illustrated storybook, so we can watch the action you so well describe? I bet it would be fun to see the effects of the raindrops on the watercolor painting. God bless your writing!
Jen Davis06/14/06
Sounds absolutely lovely. A great reminder: "How could I worry about..." I feel more peaceful just having read this article. Good job!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/15/06
I loved everything about it. Excellent writing, message, and flow. It was the epitome of peace.