Browsing Archive: November, 2012

Breaking In

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, November 30, 2012,

God Comes Near, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole


In contrast to my pencil drawing, this watercolor is full of strong color and rich juxtaposition of light and dark. I had painted Mary and Jesus a while back, but the piece was incomplete. In time, I realized I wanted to add the concept of the Master Artist, God, breaking into our world. So, I have painted the drapery that suggests two worlds along with the dove breaking through a dark blue part of the sky. 

This is a piece made for a call for ...
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The Word Made Flesh

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

The Word Made Flesh, Marcia Carole, Original Pencil Drawing

This drawing is for a specific call for artwork at my church. I've studied the birth of Jesus through a Bible study, and by reading the four Gospels which recount His birth. I have also listened to several sermons on God's Son, Jesus, coming, as a baby, to earth to glorify His Father. I have soaked in the Word as I have drawn. 

The humility of Jesus grips my heart as I add layers of graphite. In time, I add hints of the essence of His ...

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The Tears We Don't Cry

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

Redemption, Pencil Sketch, Marcia Carole

"Just because her eyes don't tear doesn't mean her heart doesn't cry." - Former Prostitute in Pattaya, Thailand

It has been three weeks since I returned from the women who are coming out of prostitution, and the ugliness of the brothel-lined streets of Pattaya, Thailand. I keep in touch with some of the women, and heard from one today. She sent the above quote which reminded me of why I went. By using art and sharing our own stories, the American team fo...
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The Courage To Hope During Infertility

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

Having the Courage To Hope, Painted Papers Collage, Marcia Carole

Today, at a church in Bellevue, I met with a group of young mothers, nursing babies in tow. I just loved it; each precious mom reminded me of the season when I was raising my own four daughters, and reminded me of my dear grandsons, so far away in Alaska. These moms are truly heroes in the trenches of family love and care, and I was blessed with a morning of their limited time. 

I shared my story and faith journey with them, usin...

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Farmhouse Lemons of Italia

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

Farmhouse Lemons, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

The sun is trying to peek through the Seattle Gray. Whether we will really have any sunshine remains to be seen. On these gray days, I try to lift my spirits by painting with yellow. I painted these lemons quite a while ago, now. They were actually begun in Italia.  However, the piece was never finished. After a week at the farmhouse, I had to head home. I'd been in Italy a month, and my "real" life was calling me back.

So, this piece has lin...

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Story Necklaces in Thailand

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

Each bead represents a different part of a woman's story.


Enjoying room on the floor to spread out supplies.

By using story necklaces, instead of story ropes, each team member and each woman at the center in Pattaya, shared important parts of their stories. There was laughter and tears as we shared, and compassionately listened to each other's life stories. The beads are a bridge to make visible that which is invisible. My hope is that each woman felt important to their Maker, and know, more de...
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Sharing Our Stories Through Art Making

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, November 10, 2012,
One Woman's Story.
 
Colors, shapes, painted papers and simple words to tell our stories.     

 What a wonderful time of sharing after the art was completed.

Once again, I was undone with the transparency of the women who eagerly wanted to share their stories. We are all walking miracles, and I pray, we are more compassionate because of knowing each other's stories a little better. So many have been through loss, violation, abuse, sorrow, poor choices as well as wonderful experiences. We are walk...
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Worth So Much More

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, November 9, 2012,

Sewing a purse in response to "What is in your heart?"

Through the teachings on Jesus' love and compassion for the woman at the well, and by making art, sewing, jewelry and baking projects connected with the Bible passage, Mali* was understanding, more deeply, her worth and value as a woman who is loved by Jesus. During one workshop, Mali received a call from a client asking her "to lunch" for $10,000 baht($300) in Bangkok. This is a huge sum for any woman coming out of prostitution; she could...
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Now I Have A Father

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, November 9, 2012,

"I used to not have a father, but now I have a Father."

(The woman's name has been changed in this story to protect her.)

Tola phoned the Happy At Home center on the Saturday before the Northshore Thailand team arrived. Tola had not eaten for three days because she had not been "bought" at her bar during that time. She was hungry and asked for a meal. Tola was warmly welcomed at the center, given good food and a clean bed for the night. The next day, the ladies at the Happy At Home center took ...

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Story Collage in Thailand

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, November 5, 2012,

This is work created by survivors of Trafficking, Domestic Abuse and Abandonment - made during my trip to Thailand. The young women are in a safe place and healing. Each collage did express the concept of hope in a portion of the piece. 

A few were able to share their stories by explaining their work.
For the sake of their safety, no photos were taken of the women.
It is helpful to use art as a bridge for sharing our stories to bring healing to our hearts, minds and souls.


"To the righteous a L...
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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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