As only God can, He influenced and orchestrated many circumstances, events and people in order for Faithfull Calligraphy to be established. The biggest "orchestration" was within me - to convince me to walk in His plan... over 15 years! He began with my questionable drawing skill.
In the early stages of my drawing, God gave me different devices to build my courage to draw and illustrate His Word. One of my first pieces was the CORD OF THREE ("Two are better than one, because the reward is great when they toil together. If they fall, one can lift up the other; and if it is cold they can warm each other. One alone is easily cast down, but two standing together will withstand. And a cord of three braided strands is not easily broken." Ecc 4:9-12 RSV; Other text: "We are strongest when we are bound together with Him and through Him… into a beautiful cord of three braided strands"). I saw the illustration of a braided cross in my mind's eye, but it was a stretch for me to draw it! It was finally accomplished by taping three pieces of yarn to a piece of paper, braiding the strands and then tracing them. At that time I also used very simple line drawings of ferns and flowers to add color to the calligraphy.
The next step in the progression was using dots to create more elaborate vignettes, as in the LIGHTHOUSE ("The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." Jn 1:5 RSV; "God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all" 1 Jn 1:5 RSV). Dots were much less threatening to me than "real" drawing. It was easy to add or remove dots to shape and shade, over many days. I did several pieces using this pointillism or stippling - before actually attempting to draw and paint using depth and shading.
Up to this point, I used only 2D reference for my illustrations. Real artists can create from visuals in their heads or from 3D reality. If God put something on my heart to do, I had to find a concrete, 2D reference on which to base my drawing. My first attempt to draw from reality was the TREE STUMP piece. After that, I used 3D objects or settings for other pieces. If you were to visit my house, you would find many of the objects in my pieces!
As I moved forward in this process, I was introduced to different medium as well. I started with pen and ink, and watercolor paints for color. Then I learned about acrylics and watercolor pencils, watercolor batik and alcohol inks. Now, I use a combination of all of the above techniques, references and medium to create the pieces... from simple to elaborate.
During a study of the tabernacle, we learned of BEZALEL ("I have chosen Bezalel… and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge to make everything I have commanded" Ex 31:2,3; Added text: "God provides all you need to follow His plan for you!"). For whatever reason, God chose Bezalel and gave him all the knowledge, skills and abilities as God described. That is exactly what God has done for me! For whatever reason, He has provided all that I need to create calligraphy and paintings of His Word. Every bit of it truly comes from God. I am blessed to be a mere vessel for this work, because there is no way I could ever do any of this on my own. It is only by His grace that I can do anything at all! This piece was for me - to remember how God has provided and how He can use me when I am obedient!
So this is what God has done with willing but not very skilled hands. He has surely directed me step by step from tracing braided yarn to complete paintings, as in HEAVENS PRAISE ("The heavens praise Your wonders, O Lord!" Ps 89:5 NIV). Every painting came to be, by His Grace alone.