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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: Show, Not Tell
By Constance Gilbert
01/23/07


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Flying from Portland to Central Oregon, the lush green of the coast faded into the mountains. They looked more like stepping stones heading north than a chain of mountains over 3,000 feet high. On the other side of the Cascade mountain range, everything turned brown; looking like a faded, old tweed coat. The subtle variations of brown were dotted with deep, forest green patches where evergreens stood. On the surface it appeared to be a drab scene that was to be my home.

But thanks to my son’s education in illustration and computer designing, I have learned a lot about colors.

During his four years of college, he seemed to need new colored pencils or paint every week. I remember asking how could he possibly need another color when he had a desk full already.

That began my education about the color wheel and the various hues of each primary, secondary and tertiary color. Then there were neutral, warm, rich, deep, vivid, intense, prismatic, fugitive, pastel and chromatic colors and hues. Shades of color, tone, stippling, hatching and blending were explained. Much more information than I ever wanted, and yet, I have never seen a rainbow the same since.

On this, my homeward flight, I saw wonders not visible from high in the sky- a beautiful land of contrasts, gorgeous wildflowers of every hue, neutral tones of desert sand, black lava rocks, forests of deep green mixed with the brown of dried out branches, red dirt, shades of black and gray topped with the pure white snow of the mountains, magnificent waterfalls, and the red trunks of junipers with their grayish-green berries. My new home was teeming with color; even the faded browns, I saw from the air, were in various hues and shades.

Now, as I write word pictures, I am reminded of those lessons; and I attempt to visualize scenes with an artist's perception. My son's creativity, as he designs Christian book covers, inspires me to express God’s truth via pen and paper. I hope that I do as well in words as he does through his designs. I think he has an advantage though. While I can write only in English, his designs can be "read" in all languages.

What a privilege God has given us “to show, not tell” through written words and through our lives.


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Esther Phillips01/25/07
I love this. It is not possible to improve on the ART that God has already given us. Your submission is full of His art. Thanks for writing and submitting a grand article.
Julie Arduini01/25/07
Looks like there are two incredible talents in your family because you captured the son's gift through yours, giving all credit to the Master. Well done!
Donna Emery01/31/07
Very good mixture of personal relationship and God's creation. You showed how the two interact. Nice work.