You may have spied this little lass in my photos of the Shades of Brown show– she was one of the new pieces I just recently finished and she’s called “The Maid with the Nut Brown Hair.” When I was finishing her up and trying to come up with a name for her, I heard this rendition of an Irish folk song done by Loreena McKennitt (I’ve added it below), and on of the lines stuck in my head– the Maid with the Nut Brown Hair. And so, she was named!
When I was finishing her up, I was looking this pretty maid over and wondering what I could do to add a little ‘something extra’, something to make her unique and beautiful. And so I decided to highlight her complexion with a spray of brown freckles, and I loved it.
As I tend to do when I’m sitting alone with only some snoring dogs for company (they really are the laziest of employees!) this act made me stop and go off on a tangent of thoughts. I’ve known so many girls and women who had similar complexions and hated it. I myself have a healthy supply of freckles, although they’ve never particularly bothered me. And as I get older and see little sprinkles of them develop on my little one’s nose, I can see their cuteness and youthfulness. I hope as she gets older, she will see it to.
And at the risk of getting a little on a tangent here, it made me consider myself and all of as sort of ‘art projects.’ Whether you are more comfortable with the idea of God as creative artist or the intricate dance of DNA, each of us is created uniquely and, I believe, lovingly. It makes me smile to think of a creator looking me over and thinking “Know what would just make her sparkle? A nice helping of freckles.” Perhaps it’s the same for you? Freckles. Or green eyes. Or curly hair. Or beautiful hands. Or a laugh that is unique and merry. I think we all have something about us or in is that is that ‘finishing touch’ of uniqueness and beauty.
What do you think your finishing touch is? Whatever it is, embrace it. It makes you special 🙂