Painting the World Beautiful

Painting the World Beautiful

From Joanne Chun

Art has always been my passion & love but I've only now realized it is the thing God is calling me to so that I can bring light and love into the world through it. I am asking for help with great art supplies! Thank you.

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over 2 years ago

My friend Patricia just sponsored me- thanks Patricia!! :D
And just a couple of weeks ago I bumped into a veteran (2nd time) with his dog. After he found out I was an artist he asked me to paint his precious dog, Moose. Also, last week at the cafe I saw the executive director of the Littleton Chamber of Commerce who asked if I'd like to have a table out for the art festival coming up and/or do an interactive painting on a huge canvas. What fun! What a journey!

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Who would have thought that white hot chocolate mugs on a blue background would make such an impact? Everyone pointed to a winter collage I made in 1st grade, asking "who made that one?" That's when the little itty bitty seed of delight in the arts was sparked. When I was in 4th grade I went to a summer school in the Bronx and one day told my friend that I was going to make a card for the ice cream truck guy because he gave us that delicious, sweet glory every day. So I did. And with tears in his eyes he gave me free ice cream. 

Years later in my adulthood I went to Bethel- a creativity breeding ground. And something came alive in me- to fully taste every possible form of creativity- dance, art, music, cooking, anything where you could put your flavor to it. And that buzz in my spirit became a fire. And I learned that we were created BY THE CREATOR TO CREATE. I was finally able to think about it as a possible course of life when my friend Jackie did a small group based on the book "The Artist Way." In it Julia Cameron gives us the freedom that for so many was stolen in childhood- to create as the thing we do- not just to put food on the table but so that we can come FULLY ALIVE. 

I grew up in a culture where you weren't just required to have a regular paying job but one that was considered prestigious- like being a doctor or lawyer. I chose a very different path and became a missionary for close to 20 years. At the end of that season my body was spent. And after endless hours alone with God, I knew what I was to do. Jesus told me one thing: TRUST ME. I NEED YOU TO STEP INTO THE THING THAT GIVES YOU LIFE. DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR THINK. I AM A GOOD FATHER AND A GOOD LEADER AND I'M LEADING YOU INTO GREEN PASTURES CALLED: GOING AFTER YOUR DREAMS AND WHAT YOU WERE MADE FOR. 

Yet I continued to walk in what was expected of me- until I landed in Island Pond, VT.  This is where, at the height of my isolation and sickness I painted that lion that you see on the cover. It was like Jesus was roaring over me as I painted it, reminding me that I was made to set the world ablaze with my gifts. 

Then He led me to Littleton, NH. One of the things they celebrate here? The arts. My first assignment was to decorate the window of the Pollyanna store (that's the theme of Littleton: "the Glad Town"). How so like Jesus that He would send me to paint a picture of "Pollyanna" in this little removed town in the mountains of New Hampshire. And that's when I realized I really was meant to do this not just for my own happiness but for the impact it will make. And not just to sell it for my livelihood, but to make it available to people at every level of life- maybe even the darkest areas where Jesus often calls me. So I am starting to teach the first Taste and Sip this August 10 here at the Littleton Studio and I want people to be encouraged in their creativity, and for others to see the joy and glory that comes from one person doing something beautiful and meaningful, in their own unique way. 

All this to say, here we go!! Time to light the world with color and life and make it beautiful not just through my paintings but by bringing creativity- and the permission to create- to places that need His light and love and joy. What better way to transform than through the most powerful transforming agent- creativity? The $1000 will be used for art supplies like paint brushes, canvases, and acrylic and oil paints as well as for bracelet materials- another area that I'd like to delve into. 

LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND BE WHO YOU WERE CREATED TO BE. Thanks for listening to my story. :)

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Joanne Chun posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #3

My friend Patricia just sponsored me- thanks Patricia!! :D
And just a couple of weeks ago I bumped into a veteran (2nd time) with his dog. After he found out I was an artist he asked me to paint his precious dog, Moose. Also, last week at the cafe I saw the executive director of the Littleton Chamber of Commerce who asked if I'd like to have a table out for the art festival coming up and/or do an interactive painting on a huge canvas. What fun! What a journey!

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Update #2

Woohoo! My friend Kate from my Texas days just supported me! Thanks so much Kate. :) I'm listening to Joyce Meyer & she just said, "Would you just be happy doing what God created you to do?!" Man, how spot on. Truly since I took the leap my heart feels so full and my spirit so light- like God really wants us to fully step into the shoes HE gave us, not the one the world or our parents want to give us. What a relief! What freedom!!!

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Joanne Chun posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #1

Today I made it to 10% of my goal! And a friend commissioned me to paint two butterfly paintings for her bedroom! To top it off, I met a potter who came used to be a part of the gangs. It planted a seed in me to think about taking this stuff to the inner city..especially when he mentioned possibly collaborating in the future..

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