Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"You Stand" - a Commission for Angela

 My friend Angela asked me to do 2 paintings.

 One with Ecclesiastes 3 and another 
with her standing, being supported by two angels
and one angel behind her.
That was a bit of a challenge. 
Then she decided they should be combined.
* a little note - I made then video then added 
the music. I didn't adjust it so that the angels 
would appear during the angel part of the song. 
Pretty cool, don't you think?
At first I dreaded conveying all of the “there is a time” 
images but as I began, I got so excited with the images the 
Lord showed me. Most of the images are straightforward 
and don’t need an explanation. 
Here are some stills of the work in progress

 I actually started backwards and started with war.   
The images of the twin towers seemed so personal,
 an attack on our land. Wars sometimes are so
 distant but this hit us to our core. The dove is for peace.

The torn and mended fabric is the same piece of fabric.
 I chose pink to red for the color of our heart and
 our relationships. Some relationships are torn away from us 
and some just need to be mended. 
The mending thread is red for the scarlet thread of redemption.

The Angel behind is bigger and brighter.
More like a warrior angel. The 2 angels 
supporting Angela are transparent, unseen ministers.  

 I told Angela, "You are just you. In your bright running shoes,
 you are ready to run the race that God as set before you". 
I thought, “I wish we had been inside where the lights 
and shadows were not so vivid”. 
But that is life. Seasons of light when God is obviously present 
and seasons of shadows and darkness when you wonder 
“God, where are you?”

I told her, "Your hair was the last thing I painted. 
The wind was blowing your hair and I thought,
 this is perfect. The winds of adversity, 
the winds of change, and the wind of the Spirit. 

To sum it all up: 
Whether tall and straight, 
 Bent and broken, 
In the midst of the wind, 
In the middle of all that life brings, 
In the middle of time, 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
 …Stand and see the salvation that I bring!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Embellishing Edges Art Journal with Valerie

Shame on me for not posting this sooner.
I signed up for this class as soon as Valerie launched it. 
That was May 26th.
*This is mine - not Valerie's*
I immediately watched the videos. 
It was a few days before I made my book (June). 

Then, I had to figure out what I was going to
put in my beautiful little journal. 
I know! I will use my personal prayer and goal for 2013. 
 *Note - my prayer was not just "Create" *

I cut my edges (July). And then started my pen work. 
That was the beginning of August. 

 I had to coat my pages with gel medium 
and then let them dry.
Then decide the colors!!!

I finally started getting some color on the pages.

*There's the first part of the prayer*

Sometimes the washing is a gentle little bubble bath 
and sometimes it is rub-a-dub-dub you're in for a scrub!!!

I used the colors of the rainbow as a reminder of his promises!
They are Yes and Amen!

 Just a glimpse at my heart (the page on the left). 
By this time I was getting ready to be finished.
Seriously, almost 3 months. 
So, I used 2 of my gelli prints. One on the inside
of the front cover and the one with the daisies.

And this promise from Him from Ezekiel, I love!!! 
Yes, He will!

So when I feel all wormy and in a dark place 
and... well, you know! I have to remind myself...

Trust Him! He wants me to have a clean heart, too.
So I do my part and repent. 
And He gets busy washing, renewing and restoring.

Here's the outside

Has a bit of 60's and 70's influence on it.
That's groovy cause I gave my heart to Jesus 41 years ago
during the Jesus Movement!

Thank you, Valerie for this outstanding mini-workshop!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
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