Browsing Archive: December, 2011

Annunciation Collage

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, December 31, 2011,


Then the angel told Mary, "Don't be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end."
 
Luke 1:30-33

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(Sequin) Waste; Is it?

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, December 30, 2011,
   

Pushing through chemo lethargy and killer headaches, I've been preparing painted papers for my next piece, The Annunciation, during the past two days. I use watercolor paper and paint with acrylic paints. Additionally, using found objects, I add layers of texture to these painted papers. One "found object" I use is something called "sequin waste." Seen above as the aqua strip with cut out stars, it is the waste after star sequins are cut and collected for sale. Thus, it gets its catchy nam...

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Love Come Down At Christmas

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, December 27, 2011,

This morning, I felt well enough to start work on a series of collages on the birth of Jesus. Here is the first one. I know, I know. I am behind; it's almost New Year's Eve for heaven's sake, but that happens when one is on chemo. Chemo kind of has the opposite effect of high test coffee. They could call chemo "Slo-mo."
I could go on. However, today is a good morning full of art and creating. 

I am amazed at all the decisions I made this morning in order to put this piece together. Hour after h...

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Christmas 2011

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, December 25, 2011,
 Merry Christmas 2011! I began work on this piece after a very dark night when I asked Nancy for help to make it through the night. I had to put it aside because I had a second very difficult night with the following day filled with much rest. However, the concept of finding "treasure in the darkness" was the beginning idea/scripture of this piece. I want to express my belief that Jesus meets us in our darkness and brings us out of it. 

I decided to use a house, a house that reminds me of hous...

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I Was The Jerk In That Conversation

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, December 23, 2011,
 Today, as I scratch the back of my head innocently enough, my hand pulls away lightly with a small pile of hair. I knew this day was coming, I remind myself as I run both hands through my hair. I stare at the handfuls of light, limp blonde hair in front of me thinking this is my reward for the battle the night before. 

It's funny what people say when they find out you have cancer. One group, and I'm the one grouping them, have said to me, "What's the big deal about loosing your hair? It grows...

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Treasure in the Darkness/ The Chemo Kick

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, December 23, 2011,
 Last night, after my third round of chemotherapy for cancer, the newly arrived chemo kicked it up a notch in the war raging in my body. My friend, Nancy, was on hand to help in any way she could. After going to sleep, with her prayers, and many others, covering me, I fitfully shivered in my multiple-layered pajamas under a mound of blankets and quilts, I woke at 1:30 a.m. to tingling, oppressive heat internally and breathing problems due to gasping dry heat in the room externally. Additional...
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A Journey of Giving Up

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, December 18, 2011,
I've been thinking about the concept of a journey of "giving up" a lot lately. Not the giving up on being delivered from cancer through prayer, chemo, rest and good diet (almost dizzying activity for a cancer patient), but the giving up of life as it has been in sharing Jesus and His amazing love and grace out and about. I'm giving up the journey I have been on for the past couple of years in different parts of the world sharing art, faith and story. No more planes for quite a while. There ...
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Turtles and Finger Clamps

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, December 17, 2011,
 Some of my cancer recovery is slow and steady, like the travel of a turtle. Information gathering is huge among the medical community, so one has to slowly, consistently gather information for them. Last night, I had the "pleasure" of sleeping with a finger clamp that was connected to a machine which read my oxygen intake and my heart rate. Fairly amazing, actually. Every second, it flashed the numbers of my oxygen intake and heart rate, as well as flashing a green light (the machine is happ...
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A Vein on the First Try, and Virginia Arrives

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, December 15, 2011,

 Today, after a week of drinking water non-stop, lots of rest, Bible study with Dad, praying, headaches, aches, tingles, numbing toes and art making, I headed to my second chemo appointment. Many were praying that the nurse would find a vein more easily this go round, as last time was rather difficult.  What relief it was when she found a vein easily and quickly. A vein on the first try!

Virginia, my youngest daughter, sat with me as the chemo dripped in via the IV. She spent time to pray as...


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Breathing

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, December 12, 2011,
I'm thinking about breathing today, because last night, my lungs worked better than they have in a long time. They are back to laboring a bit more awkwardly this morning, but the gift of my lungs moving up and down without much effort was sweet last night. Miraculous, really. An answer to much prayer, for which I am very thankful. 

If you have been following, my nights are not pleasant at all. I haven't been able to catch my breath well for quite some time, so when my breathing was "normal" as...

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Cancer, Chemo and the Night

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, December 11, 2011,
I imagine my body is very busy cleaning at night, or the night hours would not be so awful as chemo works its way through my body. As I crawled into bed, literally, last night, I was overwhelmed with gravity and the weight of my body - a body that seems strangely foreign to me these days. Is my headache from lack of oxygen? I plug into the oxygen, whirring tank beside my bed. (Think hospital like sounds.) Three hours later, my headache deepens. I turn off the oxygen and down an Excedrin. Try ...
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The Sower, The Seed and the Soils Part II

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, December 10, 2011,
I have continued collage making for the children's book for this parable. I am excited to see how it is developing, and as I create, I am thinking about the character of Jesus, how initial consideration in Him can be snatched, not take root or choked - meditation on the Word while I make the 3 poor soil pages. I am also thinking He took our hard hearts on the cross, defeated Satan (the birds), wore the thorns on His head, and was put in a tomb with a rock sealing it on our behalf. Here we see...
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Chemotherapy and the Parable of the Sower

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, December 9, 2011,
 I have begun a weekly regimen of chemotherapy for breast cancer. As the chemo goes in, it doesn't really feel badly at all, especially after the nurse is finally able to find a vein. It is several hours later that the real work, war, seemingly chaotic events seem to go on in my body. Beginning with total exhaustion, escalating to fever, sweats, headache, numbness of feet, and general feeling of fullness, I ponder eating in a new, non-interested way. Dry toast looks really amazing.

My dear fri...

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PET Scan Today

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, December 2, 2011,
I'll be lying down for a couple of hours, perfectly still. I am hoping I can nap a bit, but I imagine this is just wishful thinking. Today, I am having a PET scan that is supposed to show where cancer may be throughout my body. It is a total exposure of sorts. Funny. God has used me in my transparency in sharing my life stories; now every square cell in my physical story will become visible for all to see. On the cellular level, anyway.

God has said, He has searched me and knows me, yet loves ...

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About Me


Marcia Carole It is my pleasure to help many to process their stories by using a variety of art forms. The art reaches non-verbal parts of the brain, where trauma is stored. Healing may take place through the art-making. By sharing our stories, we become known. Instead of running from our stories, we embrace them and see how God can redeem them and use them.
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