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“Consuming”

Consuming, by Misty Bedwell, feeling paint

This painting was an 18-month-long process that took on many different colours and sizes after the flicker of inspiration first gripped me.  Had I known it would need so much time and uncertainty to become fully alive, I probably would have asked myself different questions along the way.

However, “not knowing” caused me to learn more about these things:

  • I don’t have to know what it is going to look like before I start.
  • The first time likely isn’t going to be the best time.
  • Unfinished is beautiful too.
  • Mistakes are opportunities to be creative.

I have felt so thankful for those who have displayed copious amounts of patience with my process (longest painting EVER!)  In this case, time was a necessary key to inspiration.  If I were brave, I would show you all the “FAILed” prior attempts, but I hesitate simply because I cannot yet describe WHY they didn’t meet the expression I was looking for.  It is the indescribable knowing that it’s not right that draws me back to the drawing board time and again, not with discouragement (as some would suppose), but with time-taught determination.

“Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame.”

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why I give things away all year round [not just at Christmas]

There is a story behind every painting I create. Some stories are full of symbolism, emotional and prophetic, while others bring healing, and still others will hang on walls as daily reminders of love.

I have created a simple [yet personal] philosophy that works for me:  I do not sell my paintings; I give them.

Please don’t judge me harshly. I do not do this out of fear or insecurity or to spite an entire genre of talent, I simply do it because it is what I want to do. I do not sit in judgment of artists who sell their paintings…I believe there is enough room in this world for ALL of us with ALL our different thoughts and feelings and talents to be fully vulnerable and fully alive and fully ourselves. Selling or showing or not, we can each do our own thing and still be following our unique calling.

And this, my friends, is mine. It is important for me to do this and to do it this way!

Having said that, it doesn’t mean I’m not looking for someone to sponsor my journey.  Supplies are expensive, and I don’t currently have a job that pays (volunteer only).

However, it really doesn’t matter in the long run, I will still do what I have to do. For me, my life is fulfilling when it is freely given. It’s who I want to be when I grow up.

So…perhaps now you are wondering…

how do I get me one of those paintings?!

Well, I don’t have it all figured out, my friends. Up to this point there have been paintings I have created with someone already in mind and some that were created only with the “Message” in mind.  All I know is that when you show interest through comments or likes, it matters to me. It helps me decide.  Yet, I’m not looking for attention or a following… so I refuse to stifle inspiration by making lists and having contests. And it’s new, so I am open to change. I just have to stay true to what I feel called to do and figure the rest out.

So basically, I don’t know.  I pray for inspiration.  I pray when I am painting.  And I pray when I give.  When the timing is right, it could be you.

Don’t let that stop you from being inspired and generous in your life.

“freely you have received, freely give”

With all my bristles,
Misty Bedwell

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“Breakthrough”

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Five years ago this canvas looked very different.  It was filled with circles and outlines of intersecting pieces, and lacked as much inspiration as you can imagine.

But…I needed a new canvas, and my husband didn’t like it anyway, so it got covered up.  I am not too sentimental about most of my old work, and feel, to a certain degree that all work is in process anyway, so I didn’t shed a tear about covering it over.

I was initially going to make the entire background with the dark color, but I was so smitten with the way it looked like rain, that I kept playing with it.

Now it shows beautifully how the rain and the sun fall down on us, and we become a part of the results of both.  The flowers are covered in a pearlescent paint, which can only be viewed in certain light.  The presence of the rain is also captured in gloss, so it looks like it is currently falling.

Acrylic on Canvas
by Misty Bedwell

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