Friday, October 26, 2012

Far More than We can Imagine!

I love making backgrounds.
Splashing paint, using a spray bottle
to make water splotches, 
stamping with all sorts of things like caps,
apple protectors, bubble wrap, etc.
makes me feel like a kid again!
I used this background for my 
journal page below.

For my journal this morning I read
Ephesians 4:1-6 which is all about how to 
live in UNITY with others.
In my favorite meditation guide,
it reads,
"Unity requires HUMILITY.
Understanding that other people are 
just as important and just as beloved as we are is vital.
Our fallen nature likes to think of the world 
revolving around us- but it really doesn't"

When I think, "Why me? Why now?"
I have to think "Why not me? Why not now?"
It's really not about me!

But we also have to balance that thinking 
with the confidence that
God is able to accomplish far more 
than we can ask for or imagine!
(Ephesians 3:20)
One of my favorite verses!

Well, I've been praying about this
commissioned painting for some time now!
It's theme is "In a gentle way,
you can shake the world."
(Mahatma Gandhi)

Somehow I am having a problem
making the crib beddings recede
so that the mother's dress
comes to the forefront of the painting.
Anybody have a suggestion?

Every week I choose one wonderful
visitor who leaves a comment
to receive an ATC from me.

I know how much time and effort
it takes to leave a comment!
and I appreciate that soooo much!

This week Random Generator
chose #64, Denise of Shorty Bear's Place.
Join her in her heartful journeys.

I'm also sending Nancy of Maddalee
an ATC for being my 
500th GFC follower.
Visit her blog for colorful 
printables and projects.

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  1. Hi again, Patsy! Another wonderful piece of art you've shared with us. What a blessing!
    Thank you!
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. Patsy -your work is amazing! God has given you a great talent! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your week!

  3. i wish i knew how to help you with the lovely mama's
    dress, but i don't have even a snippet of artistic

  4. I totally agree with your comments about unity among Christians. This is practically hammered so many times throughout the Bible. What's more important? Small differences in doctrine? Or spreading the good news of Jesus Christ?

    Do you journal like this daily? Your art is beautiful! What if you made the bedding a pale green? Sort of like your 2 Timothy 1 picture to the right. Or maybe adding a splash of purple to the mother's dress?


  5. Dropping by to hear what God shares to you to us. Great words to remember. Have a nice day sister.

  6. This is another great post and I am sure you will sort out the crib problem...I would suggest taking a scan or photo of it and printing out some copies and trying things on them until you find how to fix it... this always works for me... and means I don't muck up the original... always a stress with commissioned work... good luck ...xx

  7. Loving your beautiful pages.Happy PPF, Annette x

  8. popping in from studio JRU, love the verses, and your work. Try adding a shadow of the opposite color to the bedding, first gently it should help the bedding recede.

  9. I like your version of motherhood that great. Saludos

  10. Gorgeous portraits! Love the layers in the backgrounds. :)

  11. Your work is awesome. The backgrounds and the people are beautiful. I am not the talented painter you are. However, what I see is that the crib blanket needs to be more neutral where it meets the dress. Probably not the whole blanket, and perhaps a deeper shadow to the blanket. Plus by adding a tiny bit of lighter color to the dress where it meets the blanket will make the dress come forward a tiny bit while the blanket will recede.

  12. The motherhood commission is really beautiful, such a great illustration of the quote.
    Maybe there should be more of a difference between the color of the bedding and the dress? Paler colors recede, so a light wash of yellow or white might do the trick.

  13. Found you through Fellowship Friday. You're work is so beautiful. Truly. Love it. Thanks for sharing :)

  14. These are such beautiful pages! TFS

  15. I love your work and always love the scriptures. I agree with Faye. I was thinking just the same thing. Your painting looks great the way it is too. Thank you very much for that. Nice job. Happy PPF!

  16. Your passion for creating backgrounds definitely shows in the beauty of them!
    Wonderful portraits and lettering, too!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  17. I'm so excited to see what everyone is up to this week. I love all the inspiration....feeds my soul. Lucky to have you guys! I actually get tripped up with my backgrounds...yours are beautiful. The crib looks whimsical, I like it!

  18. very beautiful, as always. And maybe washing a little white gesso over your bedding to knock it back a little? I love that quote from Sri Gandhi. Happy PPF!

  19. Lovely and sweet, as usual. Enjoyed it, Patsy.

  20. Very lovely creations and messages ~ love the backgrounds too! ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  21. Beautiful pages. Backgrounds are so fun to make - free and inspiring. Lovley, as always. Happy PPF

  22. Lovely, Patsy. My Still Saturday post focuses on unity, as well. Have a blessed weekend.

  23. Love your art - my take would have been to wash white gesso over the bed covering as well - but after reading Tracey's advice - much better idea to do any "fixing" on copies.

  24. Beautiful portraits.

  25. I am so in love with your painiting "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

  26. Backgrounds are so much fun to work on... totally agree, Patsy! Love these pieces. Amazing how He is able to do so much more than we can imagine!!

  27. lovely, and agree with Tracey about experimenting on a copy first. To make something recede think of softer, cooler colours, and less detail... let us know how you get on! CHeers, Linda

  28. Newest follower here! I found you through the Weekend link up! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more!

  29. very pretty. i love the playful way you create your backgrounds.

  30. I can't help with your painting. But I do think it's beautiful. A mother has the responsibility to raise children to make a difference in the world. It's a joy watching our children take their place in "shaking the world."

  31. You're such an incredible artist. May God continue using you to spread His Word. Thanks for linking with Womanhood with Purpose!


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