I created this piece after a workshop, “Accidents Will Happen,” with Yves Leterme. The text is the 1868 hymn, “How Can I Keep from Singing?”. Rather than planning it all out before ever touching the paper, I added layer after layer of lettering, washes, and gesso, reacting to each one in faith that it would come together eventually. It was exciting to work this way. I used gouache, watercolor, acrylic ink, gesso, chalk pastel, and 23k gold leaf.