I was listening to “Real Artists Don’t Starve”, by Jeff Goins. When he said the words, “Practice in public”, something hit me. I knew I would need to start sharing my fledgling art skills in order to grow.
My husband already has a blog, medicineandfaith.com, so he helped me get my site going here on wordpress.
What to call it? Someone else already held the domains I wanted about practicing or painting in public. While reading scriptures that night I kept coming across phrases that were poetic, beautiful and meaningful.
How about, Yeshallbehold, or Shineindarkness? Thedayshallcome is good too. Each of those means something about Jesus and his work in the world. Then we came to verse 45 of Doctrine and Covenants section 88.
“The earth rolls upon her wings, and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God.
46 Unto what shall I liken these kingdoms, that ye may understand?
47 Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power.
48 I say unto you, he hath seen him; nevertheless, he who came unto his own was not comprehended.
49 The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not; nevertheless, the day shall come when you shall comprehend even God, being quickened in him and by him.
50 Then shall ye know that ye have seen me, that I am, and that I am the true light that is in you, and that you are in me; otherwise ye could not abound.”
These are profound descriptions of how the works of God are there for us to see, but we may not see them.
So I discarded “Movinginhismajesty” and chose “Rolluponwings.”
This phrase reminds me to witness the creations of God around me, as well as to bear witness of them. That is what true art is for- to direct our attention to seeing the beauty of God’s work and to feel that movement of his Spirit in our souls.