We have a flock of wild turkeys that grace our yard every day. They seem to be a good security system for us as they tend to scare people away. Haha! They peek in on me from time to time through my bedroom window, but more often, they keep an eye on me out in my studio. Ever wonder where the term “Peeping Tom” comes from? Haha!! Well, the day before Thanksgiving a turkey was having what seemed like an anxiety attack outside my large studio window. He was feverishly pacing back and forth, looking in the entire time as he knocked with his beak and clucked away. This went on for at least 15 minutes! I am pretty sure he was begging for a place to hide until Thanksgiving had passed.
I thought about painting him for this week’s challenge, but a lack of time and a renewed determination to simplify, I ended up ‘dumbing down’ my plan to simply painting a turkey feather that I had found outside the studio. I want to finish this challenge in 4 weeks STRONG. I know very well how much looser my work is than before I started this challenge, but I am still missing the mark for the vision that is in this head of mine. I just desperately want to prove to myself that I CAN do this, despite 11 months of work that says differently. Please don’t give up on me, because I’m not giving up!!
If you missed my post which explains this year-long challenge, please read You’re Invited To The Unveilings.
Aunt cookie says
I love the thought peeping Tom. Clever. I thing you have accomplished a lot this past year. With your postings. Some great words to think about. And your sketchings. I say magnificent. Love aunt cookie
Thank you, Aunt Cookie, for ALL your support!!
Wendy Taylor says
My sister is a friend of yours from college, Kimberly (Miller) Romero. Of course I am familiar with your work all around her home!! I’ve been following your painting ALL YEAR!!! I LOVE IT. I look forward to it each week. I love what God reveals about Himself through it. So, I am wondering….will you do something for the next calendar year? 🙂 . I hope so. This past years work should be made into a book…the original you worked from and then your art with what you’ve learned each week! I would buy it!!! Blessings to you this holiday season and hope you continue your journey allowing us to peek in. THANKs! Wendy
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, Wendy!! As far as next year, unfortunately, I will not be continuing this challenge. It was a very big commitment and I need to make room for other things that God has for me. I am certain though that I will continue to invite/ask you to come alongside me! I’m not sure about a book (but who knows…it sounds really good and several have suggested it!), but I do hope to have a gallery show in the spring to showcase this ‘journey to freedom’. 🙂 Until then, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season!!
Barbara Behnke says
I could never lose confidence in one of the strongest woman I know! Carry on warrior sister! Barbara
Wow. Thank you, Barbara. 🙂
Joann Logue says
agree with your Aunt Cookie. Your work is excellent in my eyes!! I look in my email daily and wait patiently for your email. I view your work faithfully. I love your inspirational words along with the beautiful paintings!! Keep up the good work!!! God bless you my friend!!!
Thank you so much, Joann for your extremely kind words!! I really appreciate you walking along side me as I’ve taken this year-long journey! Thank you for your company and support!!
Uncle Allan says
It’s amazing the beauty and intricacy in one turkey feather! How great is our Creator God! You’ve magnified him again. Love you, Uncle Allan
Wow. Thank you, Uncle Allan, for saying that. Love you too!
Christine Peterson says
Incredible! Michele I agree with the comment above.. It is time for a book. Your gifting lies not only in the brush but in your candid expression of thought and feeling, humbly circling us back to Him. Thank you for the beautiful gift of the Unveilings!
I love your words, Christine…thank you for helping me to see things from a different perspective! And thank you for all your support throughout this year!!
As usual, I love your work. I have to say that your humorous comments add to the enjoyment of each piece. I can understand that you will be happy when your challenge is completed. I pray that you are ready now to launch out into a new God given direction.
Thank you so much Colleen for all your support and understanding throughout this challenge. From one artist to another, your feedback along the way has been so appreciated!!
It’s amazing how much detail is in everything that surrounds us. Even something as “simple” as a turkey feather–there are hundreds of details. It shows me how intricately God has designed his creation (and his creation’s creations), and reminds me that the same God who put so much detail into our design is also intricately aware of all the details of our lives and somehow has a plan to work it all out for His glory.
I like it!! Thank you for the encouraging reminder, Christie!