Posts Tagged ‘lettering’


cantyalwaysdowhatyouwantAs most of you can imagine, I love to paint, but right now I am working on something I don’t particularly enjoy. If you’ve ever looked at my paintings you may have noticed they’re almost entirely devoid of lettering. The reason for this is simple. I’m not very good at it. It started in elementary school when I pulled A’s and B’s in all subjects but one, penmanship. My handwriting is barely legible and beyond my signature, cursive is pretty much non existent. (That last part has become much more pronounced with the advent of the computer). I’m just not a great letterer. The staccato strokes of oil and acrylic painting suit me better, my hand is just not that steady to drag those beautiful flowing lines associated with lettering. To be honest, for the most part, I avoid lettering like the plague.

So why do I currently have 40 sign boards in my studio waiting to be lettered? Because you can’t always do what you want. You see my church has an awesome outreach every year on 4th of July and they need signs and those signs needed to be painted by someone, so I volunteered. Lettering is not my strong suit, and I can’t do it as beautifully as I would like to, but I do have the ability to do it, so while the signs won’t be immaculate, I can give my best to the work at hand. That is what I will do. Now if a professional letterer were to walk into the church and volunteer, I would gladly abdicate, but for now, I’m the guy.

Sometimes life is like this. We end up working in an area that is not our strongest suit simply because something needs to be done. If you find yourself in that place, seek out the more gifted and talented, but if you don’t find anyone, give it your all and give God your best.

You can’t always do what you want, but you can serve God by doing what needs to be done, the best that you can.

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