Guest Post: My First Stirring
Ed. Note: Continuing in October's month of firsts, I'm happy to share this guest post from artist Richard Fudge on his first time painting live on stage.
The first time I attended The Stirring at Hope Church, I really felt as if I had come home. Never before had I been in a church that had made art so welcome and a part of the worship experience. As an artist, I felt energized to see an artist painting on stage with the band.
I continued to attend, and it didn’t take long for me to volunteer as a guest artist. It was a very unique experience.
The idea of painting on stage in front of hundreds of people is intimidating. I kept imagining all those eyes looking over my shoulder while I worked on a piece. They could see every stroke and every mistake. I wanted to get involved anyway.
The first time I painted at The Stirring, I found that once I got started on my painting, the audience just faded away. It was just me and the painting with the band playing in the background. There are still times when I get nervous up there, but usually, I tap my foot and paint away.
I believe that life and art require faith, stepping out of your comfort zone, trusting the process, and having faith in the big picture. In both you must free yourself from worrying about details, let go of control and follow the spirit.