I like to be elaborate with my artwork, hiding detail in every square inch of my piece. But occasionally I enjoy taking a break to try something simple. This helps me relax and appreciate the breathtaking complexity of a single object of God’s creation.


How can a creature as petite as this bird contain so much beauty? Simplicity can hold a deep sense of wisdom, and we must remember this in our art and writing. A short, simple story can encompass as much knowledge as a 90,000-word book. A single sentence can be as powerful as a whole page. A quick sketch can be as lovely as a mural.


I could’ve added trees and sky to this piece, but I decided not to, because that would have detracted from the bird’s bold colors. Sometimes you can use simplicity in a story or painting to highlight the true meaning and beauty.

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