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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)

TITLE: Brushstrokes
By Rachel Burkum


An artist picks up his brush, the soft bristles hovering over the untouched canvas. Images form in his mindís eye - a preview of what was to come. He moves his tool to the waiting palette, gently introducing the brush to vivid pigment. The bristles are immersed in a deep shade of blue before traveling to the abyss of black. The color of night is born.

The paintbrush embarks on a journey across the textured surface, spreading night from east to west. Back to the paint and again to the canvas, it is at its masterís mercy.

Caught in a swift but brief storm, the brush transforms water into a murky pool. But its bristles will not stay clean for long. It is returned to the palette to join with a different color...a shade diverse and fresh.

Yellow and white create the essence of light, shattering the night so recently brought into existence. A shimmering sign of hope, the newly presented strokes cast the darkness aside. It is daylight bringing on the dawn.

The artist is far from done as he mixes the colors with a creative eye. The brush is but an extension of his hand, without mistake, without guilt of blemishing his work.

Greens, browns, golds and reds are spread upon the scene. With each new touch comes new life and new birth - images hidden in the vastness of space are now revealed. Depth is mastered with shadows and hues. Figures take shape with highlights and curves.

Each detail is precisely positioned - each expression captured within the strokes. It is real. It is life.

And when the paintbrush is finally set aside, the artist wipes his hands. He looks upon his masterpiece, approval in his gaze. Every feature of every part is held in balance by a love for this creation.

A smile creases his lips and his nod is one of satisfaction. It was very good.

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Lynda Schultz 05/28/09
Lovely descriptions, and you can feel the pleasure and pride of the artist throughout.
Catrina Bradley 05/28/09
As I was reading this, I kept feeling that the true MC was the paint brush, so I saw great meaning from "the brush became an extension." The last line is a kicker. Very nice.
Joanne Sher 06/01/09
Just beautiful, and an incredible take on the topic and subject matter. Lovely.
Myrna Noyes06/01/09
You describe the birth of Creation so well in this lovely, poetic piece! Your images are clear and colorful, and my favorite section is this:

"Yellow and white create the essence of light, shattering the night so recently brought into existence. A shimmering sign of hope, the newly presented strokes cast the darkness aside. It is daylight bringing on the dawn."

Nice writing! :)
Jan Ackerson 06/03/09
Love the little hints at Genesis! Gorgeous writing.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/03/09
Oh how artistic are your words-lovely hon, just lovely!Beautifully described piece.
Sara Harricharan 06/03/09
Simply beautiful! Had to read it slow to enjoy all the different descriptions, so well done!
Rachel Rudd 06/03/09
I like the use of colors that describe so well this beautiful world. This piece also reveals how much delight God took in creation. Beautifully written!
Carol Slider 06/03/09
Beautiful and vivid use of colors and imagery! Very well done!
Lollie Hofer06/03/09
I had to reread your story after seeing Jan's remarks. Sure enough, there is a hint of Genesis. Love it! I could visualize the brush flowing across the canvas as you described the scene. Richly done!
Patricia Herchenroether06/03/09
What a beautiful picture you've painted of the Master Painter's picture-does that make sense? Anyway, I love it.
Colin Swann06/03/09
Very colourful - being a amateur artist I enjoyed this well written piece. Thanks so much - Colin