there’s this adorable little family that i know and miss dearly… “Family O”. :)

they are beyond cute. :) i love love love these peeps!

unfortunately they live in Idaho and we live in Jersey….way too far away! so… i haven’t even met the newest little member of “family O”!

when the littlest O was born in October, I offered to give them a painting of their sweet little family… and, i promise, i started it right away!

then all of a sudden it was Christmas and I was so busy that I never had a chance to finish it. I finally got my act in gear this last weekend to finish it! o, what a terrible friend i am to take so long! { and i think i started it a couple of times… then i painted over it two or three times to make sure it was perfect}

So here’s what it looked like when i started over the final time:

first i layered some pages from a bible. i thought this was a good background because it is fundamental in our lives and it’s a good foundation for a family to live by :)

Then i wrote a poem over the text that i like:

God is in every Tomorrow,

Therefore I live for Today,

Certain of finding at Sunrise

Guidance and Strength for my way.

Power for each moment of weakness,

Hope for each moment of Pain,

Comfort for every sorrow

Sunshine and joy after Rain

-LB Cowman.

Isn‘t it a beautiful poem? Husbuddy thought it was a little too serious for my painting… but i thought it’d be good to be in the background there.

Then, this is how it sat for a few weeks:

the floating heads are little weird, i admit….

and i couldn’t figure out how to calm down the background, get the words that i wanted on there, get the family word to look right…

really, i was just so scared of messing it up for my dear friends! i didn’t think i would do a good job.

it seemed like voices kept telling me that i wasn’t a good enough artist to do this for them. they needed a professional. i had offered to give them this out of my own vanity {what had i been thinking?} and i wasn’t good enough!

this weekend i realized that i just needed to face my fears.

i needed to finish it!

if it wasn’t good enough for them, they could just stick it in the back of a closet…

but i needed to just let it all out… do my best … i needed to  be free from the fear… then it would come alive…

and it would be good enough.

 

so… freedom was finally found :)

{sorry the picture’s seem just a little blurry}

The background finally calmed down, but i still have the pretty texture… and i added a little bit of randomness to  bring it all together… makes perfect sense, right?!  yup. thought so. There’s even a little map behind the butterfly of the state of Oklahoma… where they’ll be moving to in the summer! :) what an adorable little family.

The words around their heads read:

*hold each other always*

*may you always speak with love and grace

& always see the best in each other in hope and truth*

*God bless this family*

 

i hope “family O” likes it  as much as i do! :) love you guys!

now off to package it all up and put it in the mailbox. :)

xo-kimberly renee

 

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