Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Three weeks in and BOY, have things changed!

So, here it is, the 22nd of January, and things are waaaay different than I thought they would be in my last post.  So here is the deal:
The first week of the New Year was amazing! Work was good, church was good, the painting was good...all was good.  Then we had our Week of Worship at church.  MAN!!! What a beautiful, anointed, blessed time we got to spend in the Lord's presence.  Every one of the worship leaders that came out was so amazing.  The Spirit fell heavy in that place every night.!! I couldn't wait to get there each day, and set up my paints and easel.  I painted every night except Wednesday, and pretty much finished 2 paintings during the week.
Photo by Adrianna Serrano
The first one was named "Love all Over the World" by my very dear friend Richard Andrew, after he saw the painting.  Then, unknown to me, what I painted during that time, corresponded to the vision Pastor Gary had for our church and our community  I don't know exactly how it will be used, but I gifted it to him to do with it as he feels the Spirit would lead him.  Here is that piece.  It's 24"x24" acrylic on plywood.

The second piece that I painted on Thursday and Friday, just may be one of my favorites ever.  It is titled "Freedom" and it is 24"x36" acrylic and ink on canvas.  I love the movement, the spirit and the colors.

I also found out that first week that I was invited to show my work at "Art in the Alley" in Redlands.  It is an art show put on by fellow artist Aeron Brown, who also happens to be one of the worship leaders from the area, and I am really excited!!!  check it out!

Art in the Alley-Augies Coffee House- 113 N 5th St. Redlands Ca
So things were jamming right along!! The church started the Daniel Fast, and as hard as the first few several upon several, days were, I was spending time with the Lord and feeling connected.  The boy and I went skating after church that next Sunday and we were having a blast.  And then......it happened......the thing that had never happened before in my life:  THIS:

Yep, that's right: broken ankle, broken fibula and crutches.  For 6-8 weeks, and I am d-e-v-a-s-t-a-t-e-d!  I have spent the entire last week, on the couch, leg elevated, can't walk, trying not to feel sorry for myself and thinking of all of the things in the next two months I am going to miss. Devastated.  But God always has a plan.  And while I don't exactly know what it is...I do know that I spent more time with Him in the last week, than I have in awhile.  I do know that my family has been amazing, helping me do everything, laundry, car pool, Connor to tae kwon do (oooohhhh so sad about not being able to go to TKD) and cooking for me.  Now remember I am still fasting, so I am the only one in the house that is eating a completely different diet.  While I could walk, I could do all my own cooking....not any more.  But I WILL finish strong, and I have my mom and hubby to thank for that!

So while sitting on the couch cruising through emails, I also was invited to show at a local coffee house in Rancho Cucamonga, Coffee Klatch, for the month of May, and I just emailed an article off for the the April issue of Art Journaling magazine.  I am really excited about it as the title is "Praying in Color" I am anxious to see what journal pages they used for the article.  Since I sent the journals off 6 months ago, I really can't remember which ones they will be choosing from.  We'll see!!  

So this has been the first 3 weeks of the New Year.  I can only imagine where it will go from here :)


Journal Artista said...

Oh Carrie! As you know Ive went through the exact same thing. Let me know if I can help. Big hugs!

Art After Midnight said...

It can only go up from here. You are strong and will use the "down" time wisely. I look forward to your article. Your paintings rock. All your showings are awesome! Take care, you are in my prayers for a fast recovery!

Valerie Sjodin said...

I am so sorry about your ankle! Bummer! I had surgery on my foot in September and am walking but not like I used to. May God bring speedy healing and recovery and revelation during recovery! Your blog has blessed me and your artwork inspires me! Thank you!

Aundria B. said...

So sorry to hear about your broken ankle. I busted my right one a few years back and had to rely on friends and buses to get around and help with housework/cooking. I still remember how painful those crutches were. Will be praying for a full and speedy recovery.

Love your paintings and will try to come by your show in Redlands.