Sunday, January 30, 2011

Beauty In Ashes, A Reposting of Arts Healing Power

Fire in the Valley
Healing with Gods Words and
the gift of my art.
24.Acts 20:24
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me;
 my only aim is to finish the race
 and complete the task the
 Lord Jesus has given me—
the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."
Via
http://www.biblegateway.com/

"The Valley" 2006
I painted this in 2006 with acrylic and glazing medium.
During a time I was living in depth of one of life's valleys.
5 years ago we had a house fire
and lost everything.
But, according to the insurance company the
old foundation was solid.
So we built a new house on the old foundation.

The cowboy and I were in the heart of the valley....
Our marriage was changed,
my children were changed,
our family dynamic was changed and
my faith was changed
Forever.

As I look back at this piece of artwork. I see
now there must have been light in my spirit even in
the darkness life sometimes dishes out.
The light color palette in the midst of
the dark greens at the top center appears
to me (now) 
to be a reflection of
  the light of God which resides
within us...
even in the valley.
I believe God allows these valleys to accomplish
his purpose within us.
"Waves of Color and Light" 2006
As I clung to this scripture,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
 ~ Philippians 4:13
My paintings would begin to reflect the colors I
needed to heal.

The road out of the valley can be
a long difficult one.
I had many days where I felt like a big black
cloud was hanging over my family and
troubles on top of trouble was all
there was for us.
I felt undeserving...
unworthy...
and I was asking,
where is God in all this?

"Valley of Darkness 2006


Which leads me to this question?
Does
God who has given His
only Son to show us His love,
grace and mercy consider it defiance,
 that I would question or
consider even for a moment that what
God created (Me) is unworthy and undeserving?
I have always told my kids
 God doesn't make mistakes or
garbage...
That is why GRACE is
my word this year.
Because, I have been allowing this unworthy
undeserving perception hold me
back from all the blessings
 God has in store
for me and my family.
I can not tell you how hard it is to rebuild
after a trauma like that.
It affected each of my family members differently and
the healing process is and was different for each one of us.

Out of the ashes of fire was heart ache and loss.
My healing process included counseling,
bible studies and  working on my art.
I could momentarily escape the valley
 and find peace in my studio.
A respite from the rebuilding process
of our home and family.
We did a lot of the rebuilding work ourselves to save
money. This process consumed our lives from sun up to
sun down for 9 long months.

Then from out of the ashes I began to look
for the blessings and the lessons.
Changing my perspective.
My soul needed healing...
I found healing through Gods words.
My Spirit needed rest,
which I found through creating
 art...
My heart needed GRACE.
Something I did not have to work for or
earn... because,
in the valley I felt like just getting up
in the morning was work,
being a wife...work,
being a mother...work....
work.work.work

ANOTHER STROKE FO THE BRUSH

BEAUTY IN THE ASHES...
Because of the fire I was able to
have a new studio,
hence the name:
Art and Soul.

Because of the fire...
We went from a one bathroom for 6 people
to two! (a real miracle)

Because of the fire I found
out what I am made of...
Strength...
Courage...
Compassion...
AND
Who I am in Christ alone.

Because of the fire I now believe more
than every God has a purpose for my
life.

1 Corinthians 15:10
(New International Version, ©2011)
10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me was not without effect. 
No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I,
but the grace of God that was with me."

God is with us in the midst of the
darkest valley.
Trust me I found him there....
Although I am unworthy of the gifts of God,
He does not ask us to be worthy, He
accepts us just the way we are.
That MY friends is the good news of Gods
GRACE.

Grace is unmerited favor that is God-given,
 made possible only by Jesus Christ and none other.
 It is God's gift of salvation granted to sinners for their salvation.

Many Blessings, Deborah












Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Giveaway at Only a Breath, Bliss Watercolor Fiber Art Pendant

Mel's Coffee Break
My new friend Melanie
at Only A Breath

She is a Women of faith and here is
how she 
 describes her self
"as a simple,
 ordinary girl who loves to laugh
 and is in love with an awesome God.
 Psalm 39 is one of my favorite Psalms
 and has become my ‘motto’
 for living each day to the fullest to
 appreciate each step of my journey.
I am only a breath… and so are you, sweet friend."

And that my friends is one of things I
LOVE about blogging.
Meeting wonderful,
Creative...
Faithful...
Inspirational...
Simple ordinary people
who are quick to share
and promote others.
 Melanie has blessed me
with a request to do a giveaway
on her blog with
one of my pendants.
"Rays of Bliss"




How could I say no???
She is not ordinary, she is
extraordinarily sweet and adorable.

So I hope you will stop by
and enter to win.
(details on her blog)
I am sure you will be delighted,
 inspired and encouraged
by her and her blog.

May YOUR day be filled
with a renewed Faith, Grace and
the Everlasting Love
from a God who will
cherish you no matter
where your at....
In Him alone you will find your Bliss!

"I know that whatever God does,
IT SHALL BE FOREVER.
Nothing can be added to it,
and nothing taken from it."
Ecclesiastes 4:14


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Updated Painting Renewed, Chyenne & More on GRACE

"CHYENNE"
Watercolor and Watercolor Pencil
2007


This is Cheyenne, she was born right
here in our barn...I love babies!
All Babies...
New life is such a miracle...
I did this painting in 2007 from a 
photo I took in our pasture.
Cheyenne is a very curious horse and
acts more like a big dog.
So... I staged this photo shoot, I first set the
hat down by her and she proceeded to 
 studied it for a minute.
I picked the cowboys hat up and held it out to her and she 
proceeded to eat it. That my friends
is how this painting was inspired, using
the inspiration that surrounds my daily life.

ANOTHER STROKE OF THE BRUSH.... 

 So....I was looking through my older artwork
and I decided this painting needed
another stroke of the brush.
More Color...
More Energy...
More Attention...
So..How do you know when
a painting is finished?
Or is a painting ever finished?
What are your thoughts?

 Here she is....
Cheyenne Refreshed...2011 


 I think I am finished....???
I am hoping to get some prints made
to sell in my ETSY shop and for the
stores I have my art in.
I really haven't found my balance and
 rhythm for this year.
But I am working on it....

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through him we have also obtained
 access by faith into this grace in
which we stand, and we
rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
—Romans 5:1-2

I am standing in God's GRACE
Until I find the...
 RHYTHM...
BALANCE...
&
DIRECTION
I seek to make
the dreams God has
placed on my heart
come to fruition...

The seeds have been planted.
I Am Believing his word.
I will rejoice in the hope
the Lord has placed on my Heart.

Sharing...
This photo is the view
in the pasture this winter at sunset. 



Embrace the Grace God offers
through his Son Jesus Christ.
He Loves YOU...
“My grace is sufficient for you,
 for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9



Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Always learning & growing as an artist and christian

 Happy New Year All!
  I love learning new things.
So......
I have taken up
journaling and doodling...
And I am starting with
Birdies and Words...
I am doing a Journal workshop over at

Workshop 1 by Pam Carriker
Recycled Journal Page

The best thing about this is
it is FREE!
It is a video class
Short and Sweet...
Just right for my attention span! LOL
So take a minute to stop
by and check it out!

I really enjoy doing watercolor
and ink.  I used a new Pigma Micron
.05 Archival ink in the color Sepia.
LOV IT!

This is one of my first attempts in my journal.
I titled it,
"Winters Shadow"

Two of my favorite colors
are periwinkle blue & lavender purple.

The Journal Sketchbook I purchased is
from Hobby Lobby
http://www.hobbylobby.com/

Great Price!
Natures Sketch
it is 25% cotton and 130lb paper weight
It takes watercolor paint great &
acyrlic too!
Next...
Titled, "Whisper of Love"

I am considering printing some cards
with these.
What do you think?
Hear is a picture of my first doodle in
the journal.
My word of the year is
 Grace

Titled, "Grace"
 Hearts and Love
in the anticipation of Valentines Day.
Grace:
“unmerited favor” or “the free gift only from God"
Blessings bestowed as a gift, freely
 and never as a merit for work
we have performed. Grace = Peace...
 Grace = Forgiving even when it is unmerited.
 GRACE IS THE PERFECTION
 OF GODS LOVE. GRACE AND PEACE for
YOU ALL
 This Year!



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