I’ve been fascinated by Paris for many years—probably due to having a little French blood running in my veins, or perhaps because I studied French in my last two years of high school. Either way, the architecture in the city of Paris begs to be captured in a photo or sketch. France is the ideal place to see a blend of God’s workmanship and humankind’s artistry, reminding us that God is the bestower of creative genius.
But sometimes that creative genius doesn’t come easy. This acrylic painting took me nearly three days to finish, when normally it would have taken one or two. No matter how hard I tried, the buildings just wouldn’t look right. I had to repaint them several times before they were satisfactory. I was aiming for a realistic look, but that wasn’t working, so I experimented with a slightly cartoonish and impressionist style.
Even though this painting caused me a lot of labor, I’m glad for it, because the style change helped lend to the Parisian feel. The struggle also reminded me that I’m not perfect and that my best-laid plans are not always good. My mistakes are an opportunity to become a better artist and lean on the One who never makes errors.
Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. She is a graphic designer and the Instagram manager here at Story Embers and desires to encourage other storytellers in crafting novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.
If you ask her what her favorite things are, she would probably say nothing, since she scores a staggering 88 percent on introversion. However, if you ask her to write about it, she’ll give a five-page treatise on palm trees, chocolate-covered pineapple, and plumerias. Her favorite pastimes include card-making, baking, hiding Easter eggs in her art, exploring Disney World, burning spiders at the stake, perusing the works of John MacArthur and Charles Spurgeon, and reading every dinosaur book she can get her hands on. Her assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosaurus (an ink-drinking, book-eating dinosaur), helps supply her with ideas, taste-test her pages, and get her back to writing by threatening to sit on her. If you want to read about his exploits in her office, writerly dinosaurian advice, or nonsensical sense, please visit: DinosDigest.com.