Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WOYWW: Watch out for the Locusts!

It's hard to put anything on my desk
these days!

Lots of things going on and piling up!

I discovered from Traci Bautista's class
for Strathmore, that you can mix
gesso with acrylic so that
the background won't show through.
In my case I mixed wall putty
with flesh acrylic,
and as you can see I've been making
lots of faces on bodies on different backgrounds.
A closer look.
Here's a finished canvas.
It's entitled, "My Times are in Your Hands".
On my journal yesterday:
from James 4:8, "Draw near to God,
and He will draw near to you."
 Today is Ash Wednesday.
The reading is from the prophet Joel.
I was wondering why the prophet was advising
the bride and bridegroom to stop their honeymoon!

It so happens that a plague of locusts
were destroying the land of Israel,
and Joel was calling on everyone to join the priests
in prayers and fasting for repentance
and intercession.

Locusts have been called
"formidable eating machines that can rapidly
devastate crops".
Theodoret, a Christian Bishop of Syria,
said that the head of the locust 
is very much like a horse!
Indeed, the Italian word for locust,
cavaletta, means little horse,
and the German word, heupferd
means hay horse!!

In the Bible, the effects a herd of locusts 
brings on much the same effect 
as an invading army.

Sin, or disobedience to God, is like 
a herd of locusts. 
It can destroy the peace, joy,
and love in our lives when we do not do 
anything to stop it!

Lent is a time of particular grace
when God offers us this unique invitation
to grow in our faith 
and in knowing Him
who loved us first!

Joining the lovely Julia for a 
peek at desks and projects!

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  1. happy wednesday!!! loved your art journal and canvass!!!

  2. Lovely canvas! I really enjoyed your post today.

  3. I had NO idea it was Ash Wednesday. Easter must come very early this year. Looks like I missed Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), too.

    I keep looking for cheap alternatives to gesso. I will have to try some wall putty. Is it the same thing as joint compound? I love your faces. You paint so well and so flawlessly. Have a great WOYWW from #9 this week!

  4. Those are SOME piles you've got going on there. ;-)

    As always, your journal pages are wonderful and inspiring.

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #26

  5. You've been getting busy with the paints! I love your canvas and your journal page. As always, I enjoy reading your posts - very inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. What a busy desk! I love your art works. Have a blessed Ash Wednesday!

  7. What would we do with our Wednesdays if it was not for the wonder of WOYWW? It's always fascinating to peek through the window into your creative arena so thank you. You do seem to be running out of space! I Hope you have a good week.
    Neil (#47 ish)

  8. I can't believe it's lenten season already... very nice reflection on locusts... we do need to watch out for the locusts in our life and against our relationship to God... sometimes they are too cunning and blinds us without us knowing.

    How I would love to be able to personally peak at your work space!

    Spanish Pinay

  9. Great busy crafty space. Happy WOYWW
    Cathy #59

  10. What a lovely post!, your fabulous art work is taking over your desk, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x x

  11. Your desk always looks so colourful and busy. I know locusts are supposed to be ugly and destructive but I think they are beautiful (in a strange way).

    Ann B

  12. Thanks for the tip about the wall putty with acrylic paint...I will give both gesso and wall putty a try. is it crack filler powder that you mix in or an actual putty?

  13. I love all your canvas works especially My Times are in Your Hands. have a great week!

  14. Wow, I love your paintings. What a super desk, I could spend a lot of time there. Have a lovely day. :)

  15. what a colourful desk and your artwork is amazing,thanks for visiting my blog,and the itemms in the bags above my desks are ink pads for my distress inks,all labelled,x

  16. Lots of work and colour goes into your journal. Lovely. Enjoy this week's WOYWW snoop around the world. Take care Zo xx 81

  17. Really loving the colours and tones on your first canvas...beautiful. Thanks for letting us look in, enjoy WOYWW and your week, Sarah at 16.

  18. Fab desk this week Patsy - and great info on Locusts too....

    Thanks for stopping by...

  19. Lovely paintings

  20. Your paintings are all so nice. Maganda sya.


  21. Hi Patsy - I love visiting here. I love your canvas and your journal paintings. So good. Thanks for linking up again. Love seeing you there. God bless

  22. Wonderful and orginal creations Patsy...I was trying to see if you were hiding under all those creations LOL! Happy WOYWW

  23. I LOVE your paintings! And the tip about mixing arcrylic and gesso... Brilliant! Thank you!!
    Have a wonderful week.

  24. your art is is your blog post! Makes me wonder how many times God saved us from events we never realized...
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  25. Lovely paintings - great effect with the putty.


  26. Beautiful paintings!

  27. Really like this.

  28. Lovely creative space with beautiful art on it! Happy woyww! Hugs, Joanna

  29. I am a bit late getting around this week but I forgot to post on Wednesday and have been busy all week. Just wanted to make the rounds and remind everyone my blog candy closes on Tuesday night of next week and I will announce winners on Wednesday. Drop by become a follower and leave a comment for a chance to win. Vickie #173

  30. Sorry it's taken me a while to visit - seem to have been in a timewarp this week! Love the wonderful pages you have created - really beautiful work!

  31. I love your work. Besides the beauty, the lessons you teach through it is a blessing. I've learned a bit about locusts from this post. Obedience in all things -- that's my prayer.


I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy