• Meg posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for this delightful introduction. This conveys such a wonderful way to approach the world with appreciation. It was an encouragement and inspiration to me.

  • Meg posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    How did you comment on my introduction? I can’t seem to figure out how to respond to people’s introductions individually. Haha, I love painting the cactus needles as they are illuminated by our sunrises and sunsets, but I have never considered them to be leaves. We have some maple up on the mountain and painting fall leaves is one of my fav…[Read more]

  • I read this story years ago and the phrase, “still, a leaf by Niggle has a charm of it’s own”, has stuck with me as one of my favorite expressions of what I do. As a painter, I take a lot of joy in engaging with the beauty of this world for it’s own sake. Taking time over one little leaf seems to be exactly God’s heart in taking time over each of…[Read more]

  • Absolutely. My house is always fairly cluttered and my wardrobe is hopeless. Any mundane tasks of management feel like pulling teeth. I’ve found a lot of peace though by becoming a minimalist in every area that I can. I honor my art enough to not squeeze it in as a guilty or indulgent pleasure.  At the same time, knowing it will have it’s place…[Read more]

  • I deeply resonate with the pain of things inside us left unexpressed or expressed imperfectly. For God to know this, and see it and make it right would be an amazing gift. I read an essay that connected this story with a quote by Tozer. <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: AvenirLTStd-Book, sans-serif; font-size: 20.8px;”>Life is a short and…[Read more]

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  • My name is Meg Newberg. I am a landscape painter and I live in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ. Painting a beautiful leaf does indeed bring a unique and exquisite joy.

    • I had a few year of visiting Tucson each March, and it is a lovely area. I imagine as a landscape painter there, you do not lack for inspiration. I loved the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

      Though I would not want to paint landscapes in the summer. In Vermont (where early October is the time visual artists flock to the state) people get seasonal…[Read more]

    • How did you comment on my introduction? I can’t seem to figure out how to respond to people’s introductions individually. Haha, I love painting the cactus needles as they are illuminated by our sunrises and sunsets, but I have never considered them to be leaves. We have some maple up on the mountain and painting fall leaves is one of my fav…[Read more]

  • I really love the way this is a deep hope. The kind of hope that cost everything we once built our kingdoms on. Each verse seems to weave in the upside-down nature of this unexpected-expected joy.

  • “They reject the serpent’s suggestion – for a heartbeat, for a decade – but it the end there seems no other answer.”  This is exactly how I’ve been feeling. What a relief to even dare to believe that the answer isn’t in schooling myself into a small contentment. That God himself has more to show me. That God himself understands.

     

  • This post describes my heart and longings exactly. I’m contending with both and I refuse to let a mythology or morality around staying or adventuring to define my experience. That’s why I love your conclusion about trusting Jesus and following Him. Thank you.

     

     

  • Haha, I ment Rich Mullins. Can I blame autocorrect on that one? The problem with leaving comments on a forum with real writers is that I’m always afraid my grammar and spelling will be wrong. Oh well.

  • “From any perspective, art and beauty can give us a glimpse past the windows of our lives…” I love it. Reminds me of Rich mullion’s lyrics… “there’s more that rises in the morning than the sun / more that shines in the night than just the moon” or, of course, Andrew’s words: “like a golden sky on a summer’s eve your heart is tugging at your…[Read more]

  • I’m intrigued. So much so that I am willing to overcome my pride, admit my ignorance and beg for a few more clues as to the meaning. Art and theology. Perfect art and perfect theology can’t be combined? We have to preserve the purity of our art and theology against anything from outside?

  • Hahaha of course! I’ve been trying to find ways to remember who I am and what I love. What better way than to re-read the books that spoke to my heart in my formative years?

  • Thank you Jennifer. I really appreciate your words. They are empowering and hopeful. I certainly see the movie differently now. The fact that I had a strong emotional reaction and lots to think about speaks well for the movie. The other movie that has made me think about this theme for years is Mr. Holland’s Opus. Was that a gut-wrencher for…[Read more]

  • I’m like Seb and this movie just hurts too much. My dreams have come true. I am a successful artist and I follow my passion with freedom. But “freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to loose”. I can’t help but fear that I’ve chosen art over love. Maybe it’s a false dichotomy, but that’s how it feels.

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