Browsing Archive: June, 2013

Joseph's Story Begins

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, June 30, 2013,

Joseph's Coat, Acrylic painted papers, Marcia Carole

I am beginning a collaged Bible story book on the life of Joseph to bring with me to India and beyond. I finished the above idea for the cover, but it is larger than the book will be. I'll make a smaller version for the book cover. I think I can tell much of Joseph's story just from this one collage piece. 

There is one of his dreams behind prison bars, his black hole his brothers dragged him into, the blood on his coat to indicate to his fat...

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Awards Night

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, June 27, 2013,

Restoration, Acrylic on canvas, Marcia Carole

My recently painted piece recounting the reunion of Joseph and Jacob won the "sacred theme" award at the Kenmore Arts Show. So, my first attempt at art shows, in a very long time, went well. It was a really nice evening at Bastyr University. What a great spot for an art show. You may see the exhibit throughout the weekend HERE. All work is for sale.

I'm in the midst of collaging the full story of Joseph's life to bring with me on some art outreaches...

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Our Hearts, His Sanctuary

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, June 25, 2013,
"The Almighty asks for nothing but ourselves. Our beautiful church buildings, our slick professionalism, all are peripheral to the vision of God. He does not want what we have; He wants who we are. He seeks to create in our hearts a sanctuary for Himself, a place where He may rest." – Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God, Francis Frangipane

 
Marge placing things from our hearts at the foot of the cross.*      
Marcia Carole, teaching in Cameroon, "What's In Your Heart?"

When I saw the above...

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Painting Ethiopian Coffee, Collage Style

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, June 24, 2013,

Thinking of Ethiopian coffee! Painted Papers, Marcia Carole

I began painting papers today by dipping the base of a bowl in white and brown paint, then went to bubble wrap and, finally, just used my finger tip to suggest a tray of coffee cups -  looking down upon them. I will frame these colorful dots with black to indicate the trays in which the cups of steaming coffee sat.


The Bubble Wrap Idea....

  
The cups of coffee via my finger tip....stay tuned for the final collage!

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Restoration

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, June 22, 2013,

Restoration, Acrylic on canvas, Marcia Carole

Today, I bring two or three pieces of art to an art show. I haven't submitted work for a show in years. It costs money to even try, and then there is the rejection to deal with if they say, "Come pick up your piece; it has not been selected for the current show." Artists take risks to put their art out there. We all want to be liked and appreciated, and our work is really an extension of each of us.

This piece is about the reunion of Joseph and his ...

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Woodinville Lavender Prints And Cards

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, June 20, 2013,

Original art of Marcia Carole at Woodinville Lavender Farm in Woodinville, Washington

Check out some of my artwork, giclee prints and lavender cards at Woodinville Lavender Farm. Bring your summer guests! It is truly a restful, beautiful place. Here are directions to the farm: The Lavender Farm. Thanks for supporting local farms and local artists!




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Small Art/Faith/Story Workshop Tomorrow

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, June 20, 2013,


In the days ahead, I have a few small, local workshops lined up. Most are one on one times with a woman who wants to learn how to tell her story using the art. I love helping others paint papers, collage their stories and share each other's lives through the art. Tomorrow, I'll lead a small group in collaging their stories, well, part of their stories, using collage. I am looking forward to our time together, and plan on not taking any photos during our workshop, so I can focus on helping the...

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Finishing Well

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, June 18, 2013,

Mourning Into Dancing, Acrylic on Canvas, Marcia Carole

Allergies have a way of keeping me up, so lots of detail painting continued late into the night on these two pieces. I hope to submit these for consideration for a show. I'll know in about a week as to whether they have been accepted. Either way, I have learned a lot with both of these, and I have learned a lot about acrylic paint as well! It moves very differently than watercolor.

Rain is forecast in the next day or so, just maybe, the po...

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The Dance Winds Down

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, June 16, 2013,

Mourning Into Dancing, Acrylic on Canvas, Marcia Carole

It's been fun and exciting to, just about, complete this piece. I've worked almost around the clock going over every area, then sitting back, looking to see how the colors are moving around the canvas. I think I'll put a final, clear layer on the entire piece to preserve it a bit more. I like the movement. It reminds me of Africa.

Part of the reason for working around the clock is because I am allergic to Seattle fir trees and grasses, so ...

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Vivid Dance In Cameroon

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, June 12, 2013,


While in Cameroon, I saw some amazing colorful dancing centered around worship for our God. So, I have returned home hoping to capture some of the movement, color and joy of the memories I have in my heart from all I experienced. This piece is acrylic on a large wrapped canvas. I've spent hours and hours on it, with many more to go. I hope to submit it for an art show that has JOY for its theme!


You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clo...

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Story Ropes in Cameroon and Ethiopia

Posted by Marcia Carole on Tuesday, June 11, 2013,

Photo by team member, Charise.

Sometimes, it is hard for people to understand the types of art projects I use both globally and locally. It's better if you actually do one or two of the projects. The process of making a story rope is very therapeutic because it often lifts trauma as it is being made. One can actually feel the trauma, with the ribbons and fabric, as the rope is being made. It really is a bridge to release trauma.

At the conference in Cameroon, all the women made story ropes. One...

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You Cannot Change The World, but...

Posted by Marcia Carole on Sunday, June 9, 2013,
"You cannot change the world, but you can change someone's world" Mother Teresa

Here, you can watch a 2 minute video about the women we met and made story ropes with in Addis Ababa. You will meet the counselors and director we worked with during 2 outreaches. We have no photos from those two outreaches, out of respect for the women's privacy, so it was so nice to find some YouTube videos.

Also, I am heading out again, prayerfully, in August. If you would like to donate to an upcoming trip, I am...

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The Dance

Posted by Marcia Carole on Friday, June 7, 2013,


Painting in process, acrylic on canvas, Marcia Carole

While juggling meetings, walking, planning, praying, getting a visa for India(hours and hours of work) and trying to eat well to keep fighting the cancer, I have been working on a painting that represents the colors and the dancing I saw in Cameroon. I am hoping to carve out time this afternoon for more painting. The chance of sunshine is good, so I may take this huge, and hopefully colorful, canvas outside!

..........as the day has continue...

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Cameroon Update

Posted by Marcia Carole on Thursday, June 6, 2013,
In case you'd like to read about our use of a heart shaped pillow while teaching in Cameroon, a pillow that was hollow and filled with different objects, you can check it out on Marge's blog. She has done a great job of remembering!

We hold onto: trauma, unforgiveness, obsessions and addictions deep in our hearts. We often build thick walls around these in our hearts. Making the art can help lift these. Sharing the teaching of the heart pillow may spark: a desire for healing, release of unforg...

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Struggles

Posted by Marcia Carole on Wednesday, June 5, 2013,
I was talking with a friend yesterday, recounting how my "job" is so off the normal track. I got "derailed" during my years of recovery, counseling and my start in making art again, late at night, after coming home from teaching first grade. I wanted to be the artist I am, with a voice, through my art, to share God's love with others. (Crazy idea.) Each night, I'd draw or paint something and post it on my little blog. I was determined, I'll give myself that much.



People tell artists not to be ...

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Can We Listen?

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, June 3, 2013,
"If more men would listen to stories within the hearts and souls of women, there would be a lot fewer women dropped on the doorstep of adulthood neglected, discarded and damaged by the men who are supposed to guide them there." - Kevin Renner


A rescued girl in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia tells her story using the cross page and fabric squares. She is sharing: her beginnings, what she celebrates in her story, what's hard about her story and what she hopes for the future of her story.

"There is no grea...

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Fear Of Color

Posted by Marcia Carole on Monday, June 3, 2013,

Painting in my outdoor "studio." I am working on the reconciliation piece.

I used to be afraid of using color in my work. I think it was all a part of my notion that I did not want to make a mistake. If I made a mistake IN COLOR, surely someone would notice more easily. This was all subconscious, and I could not have explained it years ago. Eventually, I had to get past the I don't want to make a mistake idea, and embrace the fact that I will always make mistakes. However, some mistakes, might...

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My Artistic Response To Cameroon

Posted by Marcia Carole on Saturday, June 1, 2013,

Reconciliation, Acrylic on canvas, Marcia Carole

While processing my recent trip to Cameroon and Ethiopia, I painted my way out of my gray, Seattle blues by using rich, deep colors in this piece like I saw in Cameroon. I was meditating on the story of Joseph's reunion with Jacob. I was also thinking how I am the one being held in reconciliation with God through Jesus. It became a deeply personal piece as I added layers and lines.

I have a second painting on the theme of The Dance on deck and re...

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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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