Other than that, I had no lessons or experience painting and I can’t even tell you what prompted me to do the painting and I’m not sure where I got the canvas, brushes, paint, or easel from!
What I do remember was that I was trying to make a painting of the Grand Canyon using a photograph from an “Arizona Highway” magazine. And the paint brushes were not following my direction as the brilliant red and brown paint seemed to take on a mind of their own.
I remember that their criticism really hurt me one day when relatives were gathering at our family home following a funeral. They used the opportunity to show my painting and freely and unreservedly give their critique as they gave a guide tour to all that they could persuade to join them.
And then, in the middle of their show, one of my aunts interrupted the brutality by exclaiming; “Personally I like it and think that it is quite good!” which closed their mouths. You see, this aunt had a reputation in the family as an artist; a very good artist and her comments stopped words from critics who couldn’t have painted any better than I had done.
And yes, I went on to produce many paintings; perhaps hundreds. And, I have even worked fulltime as an artist. All because of an aunt who took time to encourage me with her words.
In the Bible there was a man named Barnabas (translated “Son of Encouragement” see Acts 4:36) who was known for his encouraging words. His encouragement gave life to men like John Mark to press into his calling and eventually became the great apostle Mark
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13 NIV)
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*** The Louvre Museum (or The Louvre) is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. It is located in Paris, France.