Title: The Woodland Brush : My Favourite Quotes
Materials: Watercolor, pen, ink, paper
Watercolor & Ink
This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, The Secret Garden. Whether the author intended this sentence to be spiritual or not, I took it as such. To me it illustrates how our faith can grow apathetic if we do not “tend” to it. A thistle (sin) has no business in a rose garden, but they will grow if we are not vigilant.
Artist Feature | Emily Barnett
Emily Barnett. Full-time photographer and painter, part-time writer.
I love fairy tales and they inspire me, and so I paint about them or write new ones. Even in my photography I am drawn to the magical atmosphere that a session can have. I struggle with the idea that I want my work to be raw and brutally honest. There are some amazing artists out there that can bring you to tears with work that is graphic or depressing. And we probably need that to awaken us when we become lethargic.
However, I don’t paint or write like that. And I realized whether it is painting or writing, I can’t force myself to be like another artist. I love that I write about beauty and hope, we need that in this day. I can’t change who God created me to be, even if some may think my style isn’t edgy enough.
I am an extrovert and I found early on that being an artist means being alone for much of your time. Depression and doubts can definitely creep in when you are so wrapped up in your own mind for too long. I realized how important it is to be in community with my church family weekly. Whether that is discipleship meeting or small group, I crave that. It fuels me enough to be on my own again. Another challenge is the comparison game. I think everyone deals with it in any career. But being an artist, your soul is kind of laid out on the table and if no one stops to look at it, you begin to wonder why. And then you notice other artists who are being noticed, and then you become obsessed with being more like them.
Thankfully, this only brings me back to God on my knees, asking Him to save me from vanity. And to not fear man, but to work to honor God. I have to remind myself of this over and over again, it is so easy to compare yourself this day and age with all of the social media beautiful images in your head. I think what God wanted for inspiration and encouragement from other artists, the enemy can warp into jealousy. It is good to be mindful of this every day.