Most of us have been spending a lot of time indoors lately, staring at the same four walls everyday can get boring. I have been focusing now more than ever on making my home a haven for my family and all who enter through the door.
That is why I was thrilled when Havenlight asked if we could pick a piece from one of my favorite artists and share what it means to me.
I love the work of Jenedy Paige who tells stories of truth through expressive backgrounds and details. I fell in love with this piece “Room To Grow.” I shared it on my instagram stories recently and shared what it meant to me and was so inspired what others shared with me what it meant to them.
This piece of art represents growth after experiencing something that breaks you. It reminds me that sometimes when we feel deep in the depths of it all we are actually being planted to grow something new. This can come through periods of hardship, it can also come from times when we let go of control and turn things over to our Heavenly Father.
These last couple of years have been especially difficult for all of us. Isolation, confusion, divisiveness, and set backs of every kind. I want you to know that things will get better, there is growth in the pain, and salvation that comes from turning our heavy load over to our savior, Jesus Christ.
Some of the thoughts that came in from you on instagram were:
“It reminds me that I am strong”
“It makes me think of generations before me and those who will come after me”
“It makes me feel strong”
I put this beautiful painting in a high traffic area right next to my kids rooms to remind them that we area all growing and starting anew every single day. That beautiful things come from hardship and that we can get through anything together.
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Jenedy Paige Bio:
I am a realist in every sense of the word. I paint things as they exist, in the representational tradition, but also in the concepts behind my work. I am a truth teller. I love the classical approach to painting and its ability to so easily invite the viewer in. However, I also know the value abstraction, and the power it has to express things that realism cannot, and so I try to include both in my paintings. There is nothing I love more than a delicate and detailed figure on an expressive background.
My paintings begin in a journal. I record my frustrations, sorrows, joys, ambitions, hopes and then I transform those words into images. I guess you could say I very literally draw from life experience. I try to be as honest as I can in the telling, I don’t mince words. I then release the story to the canvas, and as I paint I am enabled to process the experience in a new way and to learn from it. I’m not fast, I take my time with the painting, and the lesson in it. Layer by layer I work, carefully revealing the wisdom inside.
When it comes to creating images I believe that simplicity is key. The more concise you can say something, the more powerful it is. So although my writing is usually lengthy, I look for symbols I can use, and try to condense my thoughts into a concise visual statement. I strive to find a shortcut right to the heart of the viewer, something that will strike them at first glance.
When I have taken the painting as far as I can, I return to writing. And just when I think I have dissected a particular idea, when I have learned all I could, writing usually takes it one step further. Words then become the final layer to the piece. The work and the text are then offered up together to others. I then find my experiences are not all that original, as the work strikes a familiar cord in the viewer. People often place themselves inside my work, and add their story to mine, and thus my heart and the heart of my audience connect over the canvas.
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Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and reality optimist. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, and I hope while you’re here you’ll find something that makes your #momlife easier!