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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts

Friday, April 13, 2012

Explorations ~

Perhaps you're tired of hearing about my leftovers... but that's the "Story in the Studio' lately!  I have several new ideas 'roaming the range' in my head, but I am going to stick with the goals I've set for a few more projects.
Once again, this is fabric I made two summers ago, using Jacquard Dye-na-flow paint-dyes,  pulled from that 'what-to-do?' fabric pile of mine.  I decided I had nothing to lose... it was muddied up a bit: browns, oranges and yellow-golds. As usual, I forgot to photograph the plain fabric but you can still see it underneath the stamping and stenciling processes. 
I started with this stencil seen below, applying turquoise acrylic fabric paint. 

Then I switched to this stencil, using a different blue color, and also a bit of yellow.  I applied paint using just a small part of the overall pattern of this stencil:

Then I went for the foiling, applying this copper/gold leaf product first:

It's a little high maintenance as it is super, super thin and quite flimsy-flakey.  But worth it, I think. Hmm... there's a thought (or two!) I used a small paintbrush to apply it.

I also applied various meandering lines of the Jones Tones Glue and foiling technique. 
 A cardstock back, with the ribbon hanger and little heart covering up the glue.

It's been quite a journey to think about creating these crosses.
Turquoise and orange, copper and gold... I love how the combination of colors came together in this entire, ugly  'muddy' fabric, how it was cut apart, and brought into new life.  
And that, is what it's all about! Quite a wonderful picture, really.
Unending Love.  New life. His sacrifice.
I pray you are struck by the true beauty of the Cross of Christ.  It's not a fashion statement.  
It's just pure love.  
Given Once, For All. 
Have a great weekend!
Linking up with Studio JRU today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I've been meditating on Christmas.  
Infinite Love.
And living beyond. 
I heard a new Christmas song this year, by a group called GO FISH ~ "It's All About The Cross."  
Click above to view their video! (Update 12/22/11)
(Oh I love the harmony of this men's trio)
Detail Christmas placemats with decorative stitches and words
Wondering how we savor Christmas.
God With Us.
What it means to come as a child.

And I've thought about how I can live out and show that Love no matter where I am or what I do.  
From the words I speak... and the words I write.
Every day. Every moment. 
At work. At play.
To keep learning and listening.  
To come simply.  
As a child. 

"Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children."  Luke 18:16 NLT  
We knew this better when we were in our childhood.  Before we grew older.  
We've forgotten it, or perhaps given up on it, too easily.  
The simplicity of being a child.  A child of God.
We've been caught up in the trappings of the world.
The 'feel good' & 'it's all about you' and hurry up to wind our way around the next corner, to have 
or make, our lives more satisfying. 
The pressure of time, responsibilities, and more. 

I bet we all could say "Been there & done that!"  
I know I can.

But what about this: 

(Courtesy of Buzz Light Year from the movie, Toy Story)
Think about it.  
So much truth to that simple, child-like statement.

After all God came down to us as a baby! 
Though it was foretold ~ no one expected it.
Ahh... the unexpected!
And what unexpected JOY it is! 

So as we come to the manger as a child to celebrate Christmas, may we truly come ~
 to know the baby in the manger that came for us! 
Really.  All you need to do is come.
Come as you are ~ just come.
My favorite Christmas Bowl ~ a gift from my Mom many years ago...
 Don't let imperfection rob you of your Joy!

  For if we were all perfect we wouldn't need anything... 
not each other, not family, and not Christmas.
Not the Christ child that is at the heart of ALL of it. 
Because it's really all about Jesus on the cross.
Without that, we all would truly be hopeless.
Because that is what He came to do.
To give us a hope and a future.
Come Let Us Adore Him!
A shot from the Potomac Valley, taken January 2008 on our way home from Missoula, MT

Don't forget who's in charge of your real joy.
 We can choose HOPE.
Choose now ~ not to be hopeless, nor joyless.
For God so loved us, 
He sent us His only Son.  As a baby. As a child.
Then he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven." Matt 18:3 NLT
 "Be not afraid!"
"For I give you good tidings of GREAT JOY 
that will be for all people!"  
(Courtesy of God from the the Book of Luke.) 
A family heirloom; made by the kids' Great Grandma Ada 
Have a Merry Christmas!
Glad tidings to you from the McNeil family. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jane's Cross

My friend Jane's cross on the hill above her place, built by my husband.  We drive by her 'hill' twice a week.  I suggested to my husband, a month or so ago, how cool it would be to see a cross silhouetted against the sky, as we drove by  at sunset one evening.  Or maybe it was a morning... I can't remember!  Anyway - he did just that, and it has already touched many people... these pictures were taken by her neighbor, who asked if she could walk up to the cross sometime.  Jane was thrilled to say "yes!"  Perhaps you know the thrill of saying "yes" to Jesus...?
This was taken the first of August.  Look at how green it still is (was!).  Unexpected blessings.  Lord You Are.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Welcome to Our Home

Welcome!  The front porch...  a french style door, bought 'plain' and stained.  Then I applied this type of faux-glass paint to add privacy, and yet let in the light... there is a bit of a subtle leaf motif in it too.
And of course... I drew on the door a simple, but favorite phrase - "There's No Place Like Home." 
I added some stamping, too. And then some
dry brushing with leftover, light green paint.
I also painted over the dark brown paneling with a light turquoise blue paint, then overcoated with a crackle glaze, and then the final coat of cream paint.  
Light and bright!
It's been almost ten years ago now.
 A few long years in which I struggled with all the shadows in my life, bad decisions, wrong choices...
my son went to war for the first time...
my beloved grandma died.
my mom had swallowed too many pills...
 and I was alone.
'Creating art' was a way I dealt with things... and so
I painted this very colorful and bright faux glass texture
in the front porch window. 
It still exists today, even through all kinds of cold and hot weather...although it is showing a bit of wear now; paint is fading and peeling in some spots. 

And I wrote this phrase on the window.  
If you look close, you may be able to see it:
"Keep your face to the sunshine, 
and you cannot see the shadow."  
-- Helen Keller
Better yet...
Keep your face to Jesus 
and you will not live in darkness. 
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