it begins…


26/06/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

Well, I have done it…the horse has bolted…Elvis has truly left the building…it’s out there…my first “canvas” has gone public. I have so many butterflies in my stomach I could start up a competitor business for Butterfly Creek! By the way I didn’t paint a butterfly with my stomach in mind…it just worked out that way!

A huge part of my fear has been to initially pick up the brush, and make that first stroke on the canvas. The crazy thing is that, once I have started the process, I LOVE it! I love the smell of the paint and the amazing colours. I love the way the colours blend on the mixing palette before they even reach the canvas. I love to look at the finished painting and marvel that 1) it actually got finished; and 2) it doesn’t look too bad!

It makes me so annoyed to think that I have allowed fear to hold me back from doing something I love so much…what a wicked state to be in.


5 thoughts on “it begins…

  1. Tracy says:

    You are truly gifted and I’m so pleased that you are facing your fear – an inspiration to us all.

  2. Jeanette says:

    You are sooo gifted. Good on you using the gifts God has given you. It makes me think about the gifts He has given me that I am not using. Sometimes I don’t know what they are!! Thanks for your inspiration 🙂

  3. canvassingmyfriends says:

    “Life” tends to get in the way of our gifts sometimes, doesn’t it?! Sometimes it is life. Sometimes it is fear. Sometimes other people tell us we can’t. If God tells us we can…then we should…in fact, it is probably wrong not to!

  4. bidou says:


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    May I use some of the information from your post right above if I provide a backlink back to this website?


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