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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Journal Page - Fly Again

Hello Friends,

Does God ever speak to you through movies? Last night I watched a movie on Netflix called, "Coffee Shop". The main character was going through a stormy season of life and everything looked pretty hopeless. An older man gave her a note that said, "Don't get lost in the temporary." That really spoke to both my husband and me.

Sometimes when the wind is whipping your hair over your face and rain is pelting your eyes, it is impossible to see that there even is an end to the road you are on. That is when you have to believe that God has a hold of your hand and His vision is never obstructed.

Last week I started an art journal page after watching a Mixed Media Monthly challenge from Lisa on PraiseHeart. The challenge was to use nature in your page. Lisa pounded flowers and leaves onto her pages with a hammer. My wild flowers were less vibrant and juicy than her garden variety blossoms, so the process was not very satisfying for me. Still, I think it illustrates what my life has been like lately. It takes a lot of pounding to get any colour out of me and it doesn't look very impressive for all the effort.
I threw down some crushed chalk pastels to perk up my background. Eventually I started to see the form of a bird so I penciled it lightly in before the colours dried and faded. (I forgot to take a pic of the background. Sorry)

Today I finished off my pages with a black paint pen for the words and some white gouache on the bird. I included a quote from the movie.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope something I have said, or just the art itself, has inspired you in some way.

Blessing hugs,

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Little Treasures

Hello Friends,

I started making small mixed media pieces a couple of years ago. I am now selling them in a friend's gallery gift shop. Each piece has several layers of collage, paint, ink, etc. As I work on each layer, I play worship music and pray for those who will receive them.

Here is a piece I completed today. It is 3x4.5 inches. (Many more are in various stages of development.)

Front - Before
After I let this sit for a while, I felt it was a bit lack-luster. I spritzed on some gold shimmer and added a thin layer of pouring medium. Then I felt it was really done. Can you see the difference?
Front - After

Back - Before
Back - After

I am thinking about calling these small works of art "Little Treasures", but I would love to hear your suggestions, if you have any.

Blessing hugs,

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Paint a Prayer

Dear Friends,
Have you ever grieved over the suffering of a loved one? Has that cherished one rejected any help from you or from God?

I have been praying Isaiah 41:9-10 over a family situation the last few days. Speaking the words gave me courage and strength, but I wanted something visual to go with the scriptures and my prayers.

So I drew a likeness of my loved one on that page in my bible. I painted it with water colours, adding tear tracks and red, swollen eyes. It is my heartfelt prayer, my plea for mercy and my declaration that God has chosen this dear one and will not throw him away.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Blessing hugs,