I do not do writings, especially Scriptural ones, as much as I use to in the past. If I had the time tonight I would write a great deal. In one of Tozer's editorial publications, he writes that each person has a "secret garden" in which only the Spirit of God may dwell. Only God is allowed there to commune with the individual and it can be God and no other. If a person rejects Christ in their life, then this garden remains empty. And too often a person will spend their whole life chasing after the things of the world to try to fill this void that is felt deep within.
As I look back...the happiest, most joyful, most contented times in my life have been in those quiet moments when I felt the Holy Presence of the Lord. When I was able to just sit for hours and read Scripture, pray, and commune with Him. I could gain all the world tomorrow and I would gladly give it back to experience more of those little moments with Christ. He is my portion and my treasure.
I hope I am able to have more and more of those moments with Him in the days ahead. And I can only hope I bear witness to Him in a manner worthy of His character. He is amazing.
Below are 3 pictures taken over the last 2 weeks of my newest figure study. I am re-posting the picture of the initial drawing stage simply for reference. This drawing has been a challenge for me in many ways and honestly I am really unhappy with the progress I have made so far. I feel that it should have been kept (still needs to be kept) more unified and that it has become rather messy as far as charcoal technique is concerned. Thankfully a dear friend encouraged me. As we grow in all areas, in this case my drawing ability, we are able to see more easily the areas that need further growth. This is my case with this figure study. I have been told it is a good drawing and I am doing well with it, yet all I can see is how much better it needs to be. I guess this is good in that it always keeps us setting the bar higher and higher for ourselves. Thankfully, God sends us people to encourage us on our journey, as we make our way to the next marker on the horizon. :)
Here are 4 pictures taken over the last week to show the progress of my Brutus cast. This cast is coming along much faster than any I have done before, for which I am very happy and thankful. :D Praise the Lord!
The final picture shown below was taken yesterday, after only 5 days (1 week) of work done to the cast. I did not get to this stage on my last cast (girl with tilted head) until the end of week 3. If I am able to keep going at this rate, I should be able to complete this cast in as little as 4-5 weeks. This leaves more time before the summer to complete my final charcoal cast which will be done on toned paper with white chalk.
Time has gotten away from me. I am now in my 6th week of school. Last week I finished my 2nd Cast study and my 5 week drawing of Jasmine. Both are shown below. I also began a new cast study and a new 5 week figure drawing, which are shown below as well. I was also able to do well on the most recent Monday night drawing session (roughly a 2 hour sketch in graphite), for the first time in months! :) I am posting it as well. Sorry for the massive upload, but glad to finally have a few free minutes to post all these.