Browsing Archive: June, 2012

Choose What To Leave Out

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, June 30, 2012,

Lively Blossoms, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

While painting my red tulips, I have been reading a book entitled, Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. I'll let you in on a secret. Artists take breaks from making art to read, eat, get snacks, walk, doodle, dream, pray, wash dishes and laundry, procrastinate, fume, and then get back to making their art. It is all part of the process. So, yes, I was reading the above mentioned book about making art while making my art.

The book is not really...

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Transparency, Depth and Life

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, June 29, 2012,

Tulip watercolor in progress.

As a visual artist, I often learn much about life when I practice my craft. Today, I pulled out an older watercolor to see if I could pump the colors and make something better, more readable, of it. Structurally, it is a solid piece. The leaves are strong, but the blossoms seem faded and uninteresting. They don't grab me with a sense of life. 

However, when I add bright reds on top of the transparent pinks and purples, the reds stand up well on the paper and sing. ...

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Card Sets Are Ready

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, June 26, 2012,

Card Sets for sale....printed from my original watercolors. 


 
 
Sunflower Cards for sale. 6 with envelopes for $10, 8 with envelopes for $12  
These cards are 5 and 3/4" x 4 and 1/2. You may order a variety or single type of floral.

Every purchase helps me go far and wide to make art, share story and faith in Jesus.

Check out the art store for my new cards right here: Art Store



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Who Wants To Go To Mongolia?

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, June 26, 2012,

A beginning sketch for dalia watercolor...to be continued.

As I was chatting with a new friend, Laurie, about going on the trip to Thailand, I happened to mention I have stage 4 breast cancer. Being a nurse's aide, Laurie recounted patients of hers who had cancer. They weren't nice stories. I sat listening carefully. I like listening carefully these days. 

 "How am I going to explain, I feel fine?" I thought to myself as Laurie chatted. Laurie may be one of many who can't quite understand how I...

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Sugar and Cancer, Rain and Seattle

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, June 22, 2012,

The collage I started this morning.
 

What I found when I returned.

It's been raining hard much of the day; I began a "sunny in my imagination" collage for my sanity. Yes, it is late June and the heavy, steel gray seems locked in here once again. Fortunately, I am a visual artist, a type of person that is scary to some people, but I digress. Being a visual artist, I can create all sorts of lovely, sunny places on the canvas or paper. When that rain hovers and lands, I relax and go to my happy, "...
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When A Community Is Against You

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, June 19, 2012,



You Are Not Welcome, Collaged Papers, Marcia Carole

I have added a page to my Prodigal Son collaged cards. This is a page I have wanted to add for a while, now. I had some further study on this portion of the passage with a friend named Chris. She really brought the passage alive for me. She explained the cultural practices of a Jewish community during the time period in which Jesus is teaching. 

The community members would have brought a clay vessel out to the wayward person, filled with lenti...

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Nine Squares of Faithfulness

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, June 15, 2012,

Nine Squares of Faithfulness, Painted papers, Marcia Carole

My grandchildren are visiting right now, so I am having all kinds of opportunities to give unconditional love. Even when melt downs occur. Don't get me wrong; we have loving and kind relationships, but occassionally, little ones can get crabby. Sometimes, this happens right before bedtime. Makes sense, right? (I can be crabby right before bedtime, too, come to think of it.)

What struck me again tonight is the following. One grandson tu...

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What Is It You Want Me To Do?

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, June 14, 2012,


Tonight was a lovely teaching night for me; I really enjoy passing along story collage - especially with my daughter, Katie, one on one. She has been carrying, in her heart, ideas to make art in response to the account in the Bible where Jesus is heading off to Jerusalem to die, but stops for one particular amazing encounter. Katie wants to contrast the disciples' request of Jesus, with blind Bartimaeus' request.

Making this type of art begins with studying the Scriptures to get at the essence...

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Affliction Brings?

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, June 11, 2012,

Hibiscus Watercolor Sketch, Marcia Carole

I am preparing to draw a sketch for a mural on a church wall in Nicaragua. The hibiscus flowers should be in the mural. They are lush and plentiful down there. I am excited to collaborate with local artists and work in the style of the culture. What I need to work on is embracing the painterly style found in Nicaragua. I am studying their murals so I can learn how they express creation in their artwork. I am really enjoying the learning process.

Today, ...

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Seattle Sunshine

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, June 8, 2012,

Sunny Tulips, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

If you live in Seattle, you have to find sunshine in your imagination, in bright yellow flowers or in warm cups of coffee or tea. During an unusual downpour today, I thought of this watercolor. I had not finished it, many artists have several pieces going at once, and I decided to use as many bright colors on this as I could to cheer myself and complete it.

The sun eventually came out, and I dashed outside for my 3.76 mile walk. Bathed in tempora...

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"Come Forth as Gold" Book

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, June 6, 2012,

I chose a dark brown mix of colors for the base of the accordion book.


Even when I cannot see God, cannot sense His presence, He is there. This feels like I am in a dark hole. He may be veiled or be mysterious, but he is God and I am not. I can't possibly know everything about Him or His "why."



"But He knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold." Job 23:10

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In The Italian Garden

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, June 5, 2012,

Another watercolor begun in my friend's garden.......

To be continued in the morning.....

He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. —Proverbs 17:27

Nearing completion.... I have had fun painting in my friend's garden. How wonderful to hear the birds singing, the sun shining and the sound of the paintbrush being rinsed in water when changing colors. Painting time is really quiet, restorative, creative, loose track of time, time.



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Cancer Focus/God Focus

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, June 2, 2012,

Watercolor continues....
 
I woke up today thinking about my cancer, first thing. Check the lump. Is it smaller? What will the doctor say next week? Is there lots more cancer under that small lump? Is the doctor not telling me how severe my case is; maybe I really only have a few months to live??? "You've just been fooling yourself." a wicked voice in my head snickers and laughs.

Then a fresh voice, a beautiful voice breaks in: "You are healing. You walk about 4 miles a day, your breathing is ex...

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Watercolor, Photography and Focus

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, June 2, 2012,

Beginning a new watercolor...focus on the brush.


Working with new watercolors, new paper and new brush....focus on the paper.


Choosing a focal point.....

A young photographer gave me an extended lesson with my camera today. He carefully explained "iso" and "F". I'm not quite sure what they stand for, but he tirelesslessly had me practice over and over to see what different numbers of these would do in a photo with regard to lighting and clarity. 

He helped me to pick a focal point, and let other ...

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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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