Browsing Archive: April, 2012

Praying In Color

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, April 29, 2012,

Prayer, Marker and Watercolor, Marcia Carole

Another gray Seattle morning has arrived. I put on Mozart and open up a new book entitled, Praying In Color. Mozart is supposed to make you smarter and kill cancer cells, in case you hadn't heard. However, I digress. My new book about praying in color is a nice read. The basic idea is something like this: use markers to make shapes, add colors with your prayer words on a piece of paper to help speak them out and internalize them. I skim through the ...

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Cancer Vacation

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, April 27, 2012,

Tulip Study, in progress, Marcia Carole

How nice it would be if I woke up and found I was on a cancer vacation in bella Italia or tucked away at a sunny beach house - totally cancer free. I wouldn't have to reach for my daily pills or down my spinach smoothies. I wouldn't have to look in the mirror and see my buzz cut hairdo before popping on my wig. I wonder if everyone else who has an ongoing illness wakes up thinking, maybe today I am not sick. Then reality sets in.

I woke up today looking o...

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Discipline?

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, April 26, 2012,

Spring Sunshine, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

The prints of the daffodils are here, fresh from the printer! These are 11x14 giclees(inks) on German archival etching paper. They are $40 dollars including shipping. The size is so you can place the print right into a readymade mat and frame. I suggest a white mat and white frame. Please order via the art store on this website. Just in time for Mother's Day! 

Daffodils brighten my day as the rain continues to drizzle down in Seattle. My tulip...

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To Finish Is To Win

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, April 24, 2012,

Watercolor in Process, Marcia Carole

I have a dear friend, fellow teacher, named Eileen who always cheers me on, whether in life, teaching or exercise, by saying, "To finish is to win." She and I were running in some 5Ks during one particular season of teaching, and we'd laugh at all our efforts to stay in shape, running near the back of the pack of runners. We'd make it over the finish line, gasping for air like star olympians, and she'd joyfully say her "finishing is to win" one liner. Exerc...

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Looking Ahead, Giving Away

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, April 23, 2012,

Madonna and Child, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole


Today, one of my friends, Lani, with whom I walk, brought over one of my original watercolors which I had given her. It was nice to see this work once again; I am hoping to make prints to sell for upcoming trips. We both had a nice time discussing what we saw in Mary's expression. There she is, innocent, serious, yet motherly and kind. I was remembering I wanted her eyes to be looking ahead and up to God. Lani sensed strongly the idea of  "...

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Spring Sunshine

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, April 20, 2012,

Spring Sunshine, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole


It is cool, gray and rainy again in Seattle. My sunshine today, comes with these cheery daffodils. I've finished them, and will bring them to the printer soon. I really enjoyed the challenge of keeping them fresh and keeping the gray away from colors mixing on the paper. There is enough gray around here!

Here is the song I have been enjoying while painting. Between the birds chirping in spite of the rain, and the lovely music I enjoy, I have m...

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Back To Spring In Seattle

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, April 19, 2012,

Spring Sunshine, Watercolor in process, Marcia Carole

I've left China, in my painting world, and I have returned to Seattle in the springtime. It is another gray morning, so I am focusing on my sunny daffodils once again. I am slowly adding more detail while trying to maintain the white areas and sharp contrasts. I don't want it to go "gray" on me, so less is more.

I am excited about today because it is piano lesson day. Music, like art, nurtures my soul and brings healing to my heart. Some wou...

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A Trip To China

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, April 18, 2012,

Bamboo Study, Watercolor, Marcia Carole

With art making, one can always take a trip somewhere. Today I am in China. When Alice came to care for me for a month; and it was one of my hardest months on chemo, she brought some beautiful Chinese painting brushes. They come beautifully wrapped in a delicate bamboo cover. How fitting it is that my students will be painting bamboo with these brushes today.

I have two outstanding home schooled students whom I teach. They are always eager to try any new ...

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Seattle Story Ropes II

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, April 17, 2012,

Making a Story Rope

An evening of making art, sharing our stories and praying.





But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.  I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.                          Psalm 3: 3,4


The evening was helpful is sharing our stories and bringing hope to the hearts of the women as we prayed through their stories. Then, they all prayed for healing for me. That was quite a gift!...
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Seattle Story Ropes

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, April 14, 2012,


Today, I am preparing for tomorrow. I will be teaching story ropes to a group who have been studying prayer right here in Seattle. The participants will be sharing their stories and praying through their stories using a story rope.(See "story rope" tab above for more details about making story ropes.) I am ironing and folding different fabrics for the ropes, so that the participants will have a wide array of colors to use for telling their stories.

Each ribbon or strip of fabric tied along the...

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Seen and Unseen

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, April 13, 2012,

Sky Like A Canopy, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

Lately, I have been experiencing tiny rashes that seem to linger, then eventually heal, only to find new rashes on my torso in slightly different places. Sometimes, these rashes are accompanied by feelings of fatigue, fever, chills and achiness. Supposedly, other cancer patients experience this. The naturapathic gurus say I am de-toxing; my body is flushing out the cancer because of my diet, the Arimidex, and the supplements.

I have to trust...

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Hope

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, April 11, 2012,

Daffodils .....in process, Watercolor, Marcia Carole

The joyous celebration of Easter Sunday has begun to fade; family and friends who had gathered together, have gone home. Most have gone back to work or school. The last of the hard boiled eggs are being eaten by all, except by the vegans. The green or pink plastic grass from the baskets is being swept up. (I successfully had no candy; take that cancer cells!) This artist has gone back to painting and preparing for new projects. 

I have starte...

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Compassion

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, April 7, 2012,

Compassion, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

This cross page is from my series of "archway" pages I created in response to my time in Morocco. The book was completed in Nicaragua in 90 degree heat. Amazingly, the gluesticks worked, and I was able to come home with a completed accordion book. The vibrant colors I chose to use can also be found in Nicaragua!

This is the last page of the book, and it ties all the archways together. Because of the compassionate sacrifice Jesus gave us on the cross, we ar...

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Good Friday 2012

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, April 6, 2012,

In The Garden, Charcoal Sketch, Marcia Carole

My day just wasn't complete without making some art. I ran around acting like a normal, healthy person much of the day. However, I missed making art, and so, I came up with this sketch this evening. I worked off a painting. I know it represents Jesus praying in the Garden before His crucifixion, but I like to look at it to remind myself of something very important. Jesus is in heaven praying for me. It is a very great comfort, especially during the...
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The Greatest Love

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, April 4, 2012,

Holy Week- Way To Heaven, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
   a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
   nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
   a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
   We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
   our disfigurements, all the things wrong with ...

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A Voice For The Voiceless

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, April 2, 2012,

Do You Hear Them? Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Making visual art is a powerful, life-giving gift. Just to be able to sit down and draw something or place colored shapes next to each other to express an idea, a feeling or part of one's story, is really miraculous. When I think of all the tasks I perform within any given day, from washing the dishes, taking out the trash to sorting through the mail, reading bank statements, swallowing a zillion supplements with carrot juice to stop cancer, waterin...

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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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