Messy watercolor squiggles in black and gray

Refrigerator Art

At the beginning of the year, I wrote about my plan to share my thoughts tied to the days of Creation, along with my wild goal to begin watercolor painting. Well, I’ve got some refrigerator art to share with you, and I hope you can see a little improvement!

Here’s the back story. I thought I would try to paint water. It couldn’t be that difficult, right? I mean seriously. It’s just water.

But just to be sure, I searched “how to paint water.” The tutorial I read (that should have been my first clue) said something about making shaky motions with your hand while painting. I chose to only use blacks and grays, because I was thinking about “the deep” before first light hit the scene.

Messy watercolor squiggles in black and gray

I don’t know what that is, but it’s not water!!

I figured maybe a video tutorial would be better, so I found one that slowed down the process and explained each step carefully. I watched the whole thing, then started painting in blacks and grays again. Halfway through the painting, I decided to add a blue tinge to try to make it look like the light had dawned on the water.

Blue and gray lines in watercolor

A tiny bit better, but again, what is that supposed to be??

My third attempt brought much more improvement. I stopped the video after each step, and then tried to do what I’d just seen.

Watercolor waves in blue

Wait, I think I can almost tell what that’s a picture of! Third time’s almost the charm, but obviously I need to keep working on my technique. Who would have guessed that I would pick one of the most difficult things to try to paint in the beginning of my watercolor journey?

First Light on the Water

What does all of this have to do with the first day of Creation? Well, here’s a review:

“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night.’ And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day” (Genesis 1:2-5 NLT).

He said, and there was. There was no second, third, or even fourth attempt. Light was good the first time!

God doesn’t have to try. He just does.

For most of us creating requires a learning curve undergirded with tons of practice. God needs no rehearsal. He just does. Not only that, but what he does is good.

What has God done in your life lately that is good and worth thanking him for? Now’s a great time to do just that!


As a thank you for reading and appreciating my refrigerator art, here’s a free printable to help you celebrate January, National Soup Month!

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