I have always wanted to be able to paint-to create images in my head and transfer them to a visual. I never learned to paint. I don’t even sketch well–I am always drawn to people who have that ability. It is elusive to me. I create in words and I have just recently discovered that there is nothing new under the sun. What is in one persons head–has been in another’s–it is just whether they are able to communicate that idea into something visual-or something audible-or even words that paint the picture in the mind. Using abilities and talent to create and creating is used to communicate. What you communicate comes from what is in your head-words-audio–visual.
I discovered a way to communicate visually. I am new at this whole visual communication. Beauty communicates the creation of God to me. Not made by hands-but a world filled with the beauty of and the glory of God Himself–how can I not communicate! I see the beauty around me-use my camera, copy that beauty onto a file as an image. Take that image and add depth-light-change colors-texture–I become the painter. I don’t delude myself into thinking that I can pick up a brush and create beauty–copy what the eye sees–communicate what the heart beholds–but I can create and communicate using images and textures and Photoshop. Sounds so pathetic to the purist–I am sure–but give me that joy that you have in creating–only I cheat–I use Photoshop instead of a brush.
My saving solace is the textures I use. I am a purist in my choice of what I add to my photos. I choose Kim Klassen’s textures. Why? There are so many out there–I could even make my own–but she is an Artist. She is a painter. She is that one I admire. The painter. She using her brush and paint and whatever medium she chooses to communicate and she creates textures–to add to my image–to help me create beauty–to communicate the wonder and the glory of all creation–because even I–who couldn’t communicate visually–am making baby steps into a world of new-and challenging. I am still only speaking in one word syllables, but to change a drab dry winter flower into a hope of spring–that is communication.
Go visit Kim Klassen. She has an amazing video of how she creates textures–hand made–not created with a tool in Photoshop (see-I am a purist). Every Tuesday, she is challenging her readers to use one of her textures and link back to her. You may just get inspired to communicate yourself.