Dark Night of the Soul Watercolor Sketch


Have you ever gone through a dark time? Maybe you know why you are feeling down, because there is a specific problem in your life, or maybe, you have absolutely no clue why you are feeling down. Day after day, something just isn’t right. It hurts and you can’t fix it.

If I asked you, where is that feeling located? Can you put your finger on it?  You might say…No, it’s too deep.

The deep can be a scary place, but see there’s hope. God’s Spirit reaches your spirit in the deep.

Look what David wrote when he was really depressed and filled with anxiety:

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.    Ps 42:7-8

He opened up. Distressed but still… by day love and at night, song. There is no hurt too far out of God’s reach, for He loves you. Let your profound rooted feelings speak from your deep to the deep of the One who cares. If you don’t know how to start, try this: “God, please help me.” He can take over from there.

I painted this watercolor sketch without the intention of a message. It’s funny how they just come out like that. Hopefully it has helped you, wherever you are.


  1. God’s, and your, timing is amazing. A yr. ago I had a lumpectomy and went thru those dark times. Your painting and message address my feelings so well, and so, I thank you and hope they help someone else who might be in the dark now.

  2. Your Deep And Your Deeper is always hard to keep in the depths of our minds. Your painting is a great way to release that deep filling of hurt but we as painters will over come, because we express our deep feelings when we express it in our art. I feel that Art allows us to show the true colors, that we want to express to the world about our feelings. What we feel when we paint, or how we express the feelings to others that we hold down deep in the depths of our hurting souls is a blessing from god, so use it to the highest degree of your paintings and express it to all and you will over come the hurt . I hope that this helps to sing or songs have a great day .

    1. Yes, perfect! You are correct. When we paint, it reaches a depth we normally cannot reach. And heals too. I am thankful to be able to paint. Thank you John, for your kind comment! 🙂

  3. When I feel like that and am in one of my dark nights, I have learned to say this: “I trust you with this, Father, and I know that this dark place I am in, is there for a reason, and that You are closer than my breath, loving me unconditonally, guiding me to where I need to be to feel you Light again. Help me open my soul to know what it is I am i this dark place to learn about You and me.”

    This is a beautiful painting, Chris – as all of your prayers are — those paintings on LPN are prayers from you to God and I love that you share these with all of us. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement.

    1. Beautiful prayer, Alanna! And thank you for putting it up here so that others can pray this way if they can’t find the words to do so themselves. The Father is in control and has His children’s best interest, even when we can’t see it.

  4. Again, beautiful thoughts and painting. A painting with primarily dark values is difficult to make, but you pulled it off ! Big time! I really like the way you feathered out the edges of the border.

  5. Yes, indeed, it’ll be our secret, just we two. The rest of the world will never be able to know our special secret, will they? Ha ha ha!!!!! 😀

  6. Good to see you again! 🙂 Yes Chris, you are so right on. So nice that you share things as such because it is hard to share especially if you are an artistic type. We have to praise God the Father as he is so compassionate and loving! If you like and get a chance open the Word to 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7. It gives me peace in the mist of my everyday storms. 🙂 Blessings to you my friend!

  7. Might I have permission to use this image for a retreat I am leading on Dark Night of the Soul, featuring St. John of the Cross’s writings and poetry? It will be shared in the form of a handout for the participants?

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