Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Buffalo?

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, March 29, 2012,

The Good News, Mixed Media Collage, Marcia Carole

After a lengthy visit to a very nice naturapathic oncologist, I am taking a bit of time to process his particular way of tackling cancer. He is from the school of thought which uses one's blood type as one of the most important components in determining diet. This was a new angle for me. I hadn't come upon it in all my reading, nor was it in any of the ideas given to me by concerned friends. He said I need to eat like a caveman.

Fortunately, muc...

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Art And Truth

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, March 28, 2012,


When I was a very new follower of Jesus, in my early twenties, I had a sign like this on my refridgerator. I was brimming with excitement to know that Jesus really lived, died and rose from the dead on your and my behalf. I was certain everyone would want to know this wonderful, good news. I assumed, once they had heard that Jesus died for their wrongs, but rose again and is alive today, they'd be so happy and thankful. 

I thought I might prompt a massive art-making by others, of these signs, ...

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The M In COMFORT

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, March 26, 2012,

Meals, Money, Mobility, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Today, I have finished a third card for my set of "COMFORT" cards. I have been making these cards as a way of internalizing what might be most helpful in caring for a person with cancer or, really, any difficult illness or crisis. 

The "M" in COMFORT stands for meals, money and mobility. When a person is seriously ill, they may need ongoing help with meals, either for themselves and or their family. They also may need financial help to tackle m...

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Walk Humbly

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, March 25, 2012,

Walk Humbly, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

As a newer Jesus follower, I once asked someone how Jesus first showed us humility. He said, "The Creator of the universe chose to become a helpless baby, totally dependent on two mere human beings for His care." I'd always thought the Christmas story a profoundly powerful one, brimming with Good News for all mankind. However, when one really thinks about it, Jesus humbly, sacrificially came, not as a hot shot king, but as a financially poor, tiny baby. ...

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Do Justice, Love Mercy....

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, March 23, 2012,

Do Justice, Acrylic on paper, Marcia Carole

Today, late in the day, I finally began painting my hands. Since I have cancer, no one really checks up on me to see if I have a real job. I can just hear it if they did, "Hi Marcia, How is it going over there with your cancer?' "Oh, fine. I'm just painting my hands." "Well, Good. Have fun! Be in touch." 

As I add layers of color to my hands, I remember when I painted children's hands for special Mother's Day projects. It is fun, and I highly recommen...

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Waiting

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, March 21, 2012,

Original Watercolor, in process, Marcia Carole

A lone thrush is singing a single, long note in the fir tree just beside my house. It is early morning gray in Seattle. Little Pine Siskins, a lovely family of them, chirp quietly in their own little green spot out back. Here I am Lord, waiting on you. He and I talk, as I imagine a happily married couple would, save my notched-up reverence for Him. Thank you for the solid night of sleep, I mention cheerfully. Big gift these days. I guess I'll take...

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Hats, Caps, Wigs, Buzz Cuts

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, March 20, 2012,

Marcia Carole, pre-chemo, with hair. Painting along the Danube in Hungary.

My hair has begun to grow back; it is shockingly platinum blonde. I look at myself in the mirror, blonde buzz cut topping my frame, and say, "Who IS that?" Then, I pop on my favorite wig, chuckle and say, "So, that's how movie stars do it." 

I need a tan to go with my newer blonde color, but Seattle is completely lacking in consistent sunlight. It is a slightly hopeless place for vitamen D and rosey cheeks. This Seattle,...

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For Eternity

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, March 19, 2012,

Return of the Leperous Man, Pancil Sketch, Marcia Carole

I am looking at parallels in the parable of the Prodigal Son and the healing of ten leperous men. Just like the return of the Prodigal son, as told by Jesus, a leperous man, cured by Jesus, returns. He was one of ten lepers healed by Jesus. His return, with thanksgiving, is heartfelt; the Bible says he thanked Jesus very loudly. This lone man is back because he wants more than just was Jesus can do. He wants a relationship with Jesus - t...

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Let There Be Light And COLOR!

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, March 17, 2012,

Let There Be Light and Color, Acrylic on Paper, Marcia Carole 

Yesterday, I had some flat out fun with light and color on my well lit, kitchen floor. I had to paint in the brightest room in the house because the Seattle grey creeps in every other room. This piece is large - thus - I sat on my floor. I turned up my music loudly, and enjoyed creating something on that blank page of my story with the light streaming from above. Since I am enjoying my birds so much these days, a colorful bird emer...

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Cancer Cures

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, March 15, 2012,

Who Is The Neighbor?, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Here is the final card in the Good Samaritan set of cards for a children's book and to share with whomever God puts in my path. I hope you have enjoyed these cards and they have encouraged you to see how much God loves you.

I've been wanting to write a blog on home remedies to "cure" cancer or slow it a bit. I have stumbled upon some of this information, some has been shared with me, and some I may have dreamed up while on chemo. So, here we go: ...

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Real Christianity

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, March 14, 2012,

Real Christianity, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole


Sacrificial Giving, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole


Restoration, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Real Christianity means sharing in each other's pain. (Bonhoeffer, Agent of Grace)

Jesus continues the story we have been looking at with a Samaritan having compassion in his heart for the dying man. 
Extending true compassion to another with no strings attached, always begins in the heart. Now, the man who was left for dead was rescued, surprisingly, by someone who ...
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Left For Dead 2

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, March 13, 2012,

Religious Forms Don't Save, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Yesterday, I had a fairly good report while at the doctor's office. My white blood cell count was way up, as was my red blood cell count. My immune system seems to be back up and running, like the electrical equipment being restored after a black-out. Chemo given to me intravenously, may have stopped the cancer from spreading, but it almost left me for dead like the above man heading to Jerico. Maybe, that's why I like to think about this ...

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Left For Dead

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, March 12, 2012,

Jerusalem To Jerico, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Yesterday, my pastor taught on the story of the Good Samaritan, so I pulled out my collaged cards to look over how I had visualized the story back when I had made them in Nicaragua.

While on the road to the cross, suffering and death, Jesus was "put to a test" by a passing, questioning lawyer of the Jewish law. I've been listening to the Gospel of John recently, and it has struck me, fairly clearly, that the teachers and lawyers of the Jewish law,...

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Snailing

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, March 10, 2012,

Morrocan Doorway, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

When one is waiting, there is bound to be a part two in the waiting process of cancer care. That's what makes it an even better "wait." I am actually starting to like waiting a little bit, now that I am "snailing" about. (I am trying to birth a new verb, snailing, used for describing moving at a snail's pace. Please join me in its use.) Snailing about is highly under-rated; most people living in the Northwest only do it if they go off to Haw...

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Waiting

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, March 8, 2012,

Evening Pears, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

There is lots of waiting in this life. As a cancer patient, that is certainly the case. I'm waiting to see if the Lord heals me or takes me home. Right now, I am waiting to see if the new medication will actually starve the cancer cells. I'm waiting to see if the plant-based, vegan diet is helpful in "turning off" the initiation of cancer cells. Are the vast amounts of kale, wheat berries and carrots doing anything? 

While rubbing my hand over m...

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Open Hands

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, March 6, 2012,

Open Hands
, Painted Papers, Collaged Card, Marcia Carole

I have returned my attention to mixed media, or collage, in order to continue to make the comfort cards. I think the process of making the cards will be helpful for internalizing some concepts when considering how we should care for those we know in crisis, or dark or difficult situations. Collage is a medium that young and old can enjoy. Artists create using collage to share a personal story or idea, so there is no right or wrong way of...

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Not A Tourist Destination

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, March 4, 2012,

"Not a Tourist Destination", acrylic, Marcia Carole, for missions conference

Completing an assignment to help raise awareness for human trafficking, has been daunting, especially while having less energy than I'd like to have. I chose to work with acrylic, a medium I have not used as often as watercolor or oils. Acrylic is water base and dries fast. I've learned much during the rendering of this one, and I hope it sparks some thoughts and a heart response to human trafficking for each viewer.

H...

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Wigs and Hope

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, March 3, 2012,

"Nectar," Watercolor by Marcia Carole, owned by Annie Snider

"Your hair looks so nice! I love your hair. Did you color it or add highlights? " asks a friend I have not seen in months. I am mingling, around nine p.m. at a church missions dessert, knowing I should be in my pajamas and cap all tucked in bed. It is late for this cancer patient, and I wonder if I have made a mistake by being a regular person out for the evening with my church family. I look at my friend and begin a quick wrap-up of...

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Honoring With Thanks

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, March 1, 2012,

"Thankfulness" pencil study from photograph. Marcia Carole (Photograph not mine)

God is patient with me. I imagine He is with you as well. I was laughing with my friend Judy, who lives in Escondido, last night.  Whenever I think I am about to get going on some self-prescribed adventure or work, God calmly says, "Take a seat, Marcia." He does this sort of speaking by: having people ignore me when I volunteer for work, or by causing me to sleep for seventeen hours or by the sheer weight of His g...

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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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