O-Live Tree

OLIVE

O-Live Tree 40 x 40″

 

“…I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” Psalm 52:8  

While pondering on the many scriptures, symbolisms and the Allegory of the Olive Tree, I recognized how profoundly it touched my heart. The Mount of Olives, or the Garden of Gethsemane, is a pinnacle emblem of all that these symbolic trees represent.   

The Olive Tree represents Life, twisted and imperfect appearance, grows in the toughest of soil. Still needing nourishment and care from it’s gardener, can live from 800 – to over 2000 years old as those still living in the Garden of Gethsemane today.    

The branches that do not produce fruit are cut off, representing to me that what no longer serves,  can and should be let go of; whether heart ache, thoughts, pain or sin, then adopt in a new branch, allowing growth and fruit to continue and ultimately fulfill the measure of it’s creation by sustaining life! The fruit gives both nourishment and light (oil) to sustain life. It is interesting to note that the fruit must go through a brine or cleansing process before it is consumed, almost like baptism. The strong trunk gives strength and protection from the elements, the roots must forge deep into the earth for nourishment and water.   

The name of the tree ‘O-Live’, signifies the importance that this tree played as it surrounded the Savior during His darkest hour when his blood was compared to the Olive press, bleeding from every pore. I can imagine the Trees offering their strength when he Savior bore the burdens of the world. For this purpose He took on our pain and transgressions so that we might live once more. Like the tree that is cut down at it’s core, the roots survive and the tree grow again.    

As we face the Gethsemane’s in our life, we will be scared by the removal of those things that no longer serve our growth, our trunk will grow twisted as we struggle to survive, our roots grow deeper finding the water to sustain us and then ultimately reaching for the heavens in glory as we offer fruit, light and strength to others. We are like the olive trees and with strength greater then we know, we will grow and live beautifully just as we were created to do, perfectly planned, perfectly whole with our Gardeners assistance. 

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Houston IQS Here I Come!

 

“Ananda at Last”

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Silly name for for this quilt, but this Sanskrit word means “Bliss” and for me my life has finally found peace. The last two years have been of self growth, strength and even self identity. I’ve learned that our paths in life can be a little dark and scary at times, but if we continue on with hope, we can always find the light the guides and the beauty in the process. My body of work now represents this growth and acknowledgment of embracing and living in the moment! Trusting in God, Loving yourself, and shinning your light to help be a guide for others.

This art quilt and two others have been accepted and will be on display at the International Quilt Show in Houston Tx Nov 1 – Nov 5th, 2017. Please feel free to contact me. My new website will be up and working soon.

 

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The Princess Warrior’s Forrest


This Princess is creating her new Series “Life in Color” and may all her dreams come true!

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Art as Healing: Finding Comfort in Color

Life has a way of knocking the breath right out of you. Sometimes for good and others out of pain. My sweet younger brother, Donnie, passed away last week. Although we knew it was his time and ultimately for the best, my breath seemed to get caught somewhere in my throat. I loved him with all my heart. He truly was a gift from God and helped me through some very difficult times. His smile and his love will always remain in my heart.

While I worked through this breathless stage of grieving, I found comfort and solace among my friends! Some of my friends were here with me at Jane Dunnewold studio in San Antonio during our Art Cloth Mastery. They were there for me in love and support.

I also found my breath as I began to dive into my work of bright and beautiful colors! This thickened dye screen printing technique that I just learned energized my soul. I know the Don would have loved these.

Thank you friends for your support, and thank you Don for your radiant smile!

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My Creative Place

Things have a way of changing in a hurry! The last post was a quilt and a poem I made while Meditating on some heavy life changing decisions. Long story short, I now have a new studio space! Not as large as the old one, but this one is much more visible! Jillian Scott and I manage and create art in this open studio. This is a place is open to the public where people can feel free to come in and watch us at work. Jillian Scott paints and letters on wood, walls, signs as well as creating from found objects. I love having this opportunity to share this space with her. She is an incredible artist and friend! Our open house is March 8th at 6 pm at the Aberdeen Mall, Aberdeen, SD. Hope to see you soon!

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My Creative Place

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Trust In Me

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Trust in me the Whisper says
As I approach the Forrest ‘ s edge.
Beyond the curve, I cannot see
With fear and dread I panickly
Tremble for the journey through
This path ahead is something new.
Dark shadows fall, surrounding me
Tell me Lord what can it be?
What demons beyond what if I fail?
What unknown traps I cannot tell?
Help me, I cry what can I do?
Frozen in shame, should I follow through?
Enchanted by the mysterious sight
Desire to move, fear holds my flight.
Trust in me the Whisper say’s
Abide with me through the Forrest ‘ s edge.
Trust in me I’ll guide you through
Hold tight my love, I’ll carry you.
Beyond the curve you cannot see
For I have been and will guide thee.
Through the terrain of knowledge and time
Enlightening your way, you are mine.
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Design Studio Cleaned!

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With a little help from my neighbor friend, the design studio is once again clean! Everything now has a home. I can’t wait to start messing it up again! Honestly, I can’t work when things are in that kind of disarray. It’s hard for me to concentrate on the task at hand when I can’t even find the tools that I’m needing at that very moment. It actually gives me a headache. So noted; conscious effort to never let it get that messy again! Now clean and off to inspiration!

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About my Design Studio:

I am spoiled!  And I am the first to acknowledge this. I never thought that I would ever have such a fabulous work space! When we moved 2 years ago, we found this home with this awesome studio! It was as if it was built just for me! The room was originally built for a wood workers studio, but it converted nicely. We built a wall to share the space, which ended up being my design wall. A few details are listed below.

Large and Medium Design Wall: Foam Board Insulation wasvcovered with a high quality flannel. Then nailed to the wall.

The Small Blue Design Wall: Covered with an iron batting (used for hot pads and ironing boards) then covered with Flannel.

The large Iron table: A wooden box was made to fit right over the ironing board to make it larger. This wooden box was covered with two layers of batting and cotton fabric which wraps under and stapled.

The Large Design and Cutting Table: This was made so that the leaf could fold down to make smaller. There is a large storage area underneath. On each end is peg board for storing rotary tools and rulers.

The White Shelving is from IKEA including the clear totes, which makes finding the fabric easier. Each bin is labeled.

Baskets: Filled with wool and supplies make a perfect place to hide needed supplies.

The Aircraft cabinetry was already built in when I bought the home/studio. Bonus! They are fabulous, sleek and will hide a lot of supplies! Yes, they are all full!

Magnetic metal peg boards are on the walls to attach, hang or store quick reach items.

Sitting area is great for when the grand kids, or friends stop by. I don’t sit very often! Too much to do!

The corner next to the Large design wall is where I do my dyeing. I have a sink, washer and dryer. It just did not work out to put them all in the same place, but it works ok. I’ll bring out an old 8 foot table for the dyeing.

Lighting is fantastic, and with two windows I get plenty of natural light as well.

I would like to say I’m off to sew, but if you notice, there are no machines! They’re both getting worked on! But I am off to design!

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