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  • Writer's pictureLisa DuBois

Trying a New Old Thing

Life is about growth. In my art journey, I am constantly evolving, trying new things. The feeling of discovery can be exhilarating. But growing means work.

profile of a woman with grey curly hair and glasses looking at a blank canvas on her easel.
The blank canvas... what possibilities!

Lately, I've "rediscovered" oil paints. It's been a minute since I had painted in oils. Okay, 35 years.

The smell of linseed oil takes me back to a time of my first discovery of oil painting, on the third floor of a stone building in the heart of campus at Baker University. It was a time of new things in an old building. A lot of life has happened between then and now. I have the grey hairs to prove it.

Today I am doing a study of a portrait in oil.

portrait underpainting of a man with a large mustache
No longer a blank canvas: a new portrait underpainting

I love taking vintage photos and breathing new life into them on canvas. I think God loves doing that in us too. He takes old things and makes them new. He inspires. The word inspire means:

"to infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence."

When we are inspired, the Spirit of God is whispering to our spirit, saying:

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

Oil painting portrait of a man's face placed near a vintage reference photo
You are a work in progress

Is today’s painting a masterpiece? No. It’s a work in progress, a step of faith. It’s practice. It’s a journey of inspiration into something new.

The journey is up to you. You must decide. Will you respond to the inspiration? Will you explore new possibilities? Will you take the risk? And do the work?

Will you say yes?

I’d love to hear about your journey. Please come visit me at Lincoln Gallery. While you’re there, you can see the artwork journeys of 55 local artists. Maybe you'll find the inspiration to get you started.

If you’re in Loveland August 13-14, come shop artwork, jewelry and more at Art in the Park. Grab a bite and a glass of wine. Visit me at the Membership booth. For the best access to Art in the Park, take the shuttle.

And you can always visit my latest artwork here, 24 hours a day at Lisa DuBois Art.

See you soon :)

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