Friday, April 11, 2014

when you paint a color wheel

Today I'm linking up over at Lisa Jo Baker's for Five Minute Friday. Today, the prompt is "paint". This is the time where we write for five minutes straight without worrying about perfection or editing. Won't you come on over and join in?

I walked in my usual five minutes late to class. 

She said, “Tonight we’re going to paint a color wheel.”

I had been warned about this the week before. Not warned in the sense that it was going to be a bad thing. But, reminded.

She handed out a photocopied blank color wheel. 

We all stared at them.

Then, she had us start mixing colors. That’s the idea behind the color wheel right? To learn the true primary colors, the secondary colors, tint and tone, and then the other ones that I forgot the name for.

my unfinished color wheel

As I got to work, the primary colors were easy because they were squeezed out of the tube. But, then the mixing of the colors with water on my pallet.

Orange wasn’t too tricky, but red orange and yellow orange? And then tints and tones of each?

Our teacher was so patient and forgiving. We whined that our colors were not like our neighbor's. 

She said, “All I want you to see is that each section is different. Otherwise yours will be different than the person sitting next to you."

For two hours I concentrated.

I struggled a little.

I am a perfectionist so I wanted to get it right the first time. like always.

As I came home and had a cup of tea after class, I was thinking how much I struggled to make all the colors on my color wheel and how God, in his infinite Creatorship and artistic ability, threw all the colors on His canvas with just His Word for us to enjoy.

God's color wheel

I never realized how painting a color wheel would make me think of God.

Thanks for stopping by!

Five Minute Friday


  1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my place and leading me to yours today. This -- "God, in his infinite Creatorship and artistic ability, threw all the colors on His canvas with just His Word for us to enjoy." It made my heart skip. The thought that God, Who painted that beautiful sunset for your gorgeous picture, uses words to create. Wow! Also, you painted a color wheel!! Very, very cool! So glad I came by today.

    1. Thank you so much, Brianna! Blessings. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I loved your color wheel and I bet God does too. I often feel like I need to be perfect and the results of my work had better be too, but if I was, I wouldn't have the dependence on God that I do. I'll keep my imperfection. :) Thank you for sharing your words. They were absolutely beautiful. Dropping by today from FMF.

    1. Thank you, Kelly, for your kind words! Blessings to you!


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