Sunday, February 26, 2017

Red is the color of Passion


  February is coming to an end quickly and as I looked back at my recent projects and journaling the other day,I found I had used red almost exclusively.
Some say Red is the color passion,others say it is of fire and your heart and still others say it is the color of love. 
To me,the color RED is all of these things. For I know,my beating red heart is full of passion to stand for what I believe,my heart burns with fire for the injustices of this world and my heart is Full,yes it is full of LOVE.
 And I believe in loving passionately, loving with fire and to always LOVE without limits.







 
 My piece grew around a photo I took several years back at
The plaster sculpture is Cupid and Psyche  
1794 by Antonio Canova (Italian, Possagno 1757–1822 Venice). 

 This link will take to you to the love story of Cupid and Psyche
This is a wonderful tale of two young lovers who love with passion and without limits and do what is needed to be together.
Ah,young love and the romance of it all!
 
  I hope my mixed media piece has inspired you to
 "love without limits"
Jackie ")
List of my ingredients and products used:
Card board tag for main piece-gifted to me by my online art friend- Sara Emily at Sarasclosetđź’™
My tag was layered with 
DecoArt Media Acrylics in Quinacridone Magenta,Primary Magenta
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
Tim Holtz Stencil-Dot Fade
Archival Black Ink
Ranger Stickles in Xmas Red,Platinum
Stampendous Vintage Note Script Stamp
Stampendous Embossing Powder-Red Tinsel
Lindy's Gang Embossing Powder-Cosmic Pink Blue 
Cardstock Heart-Retro Cafe Art Gallery
Bombay India Ink-Red
Prima Relics and Artifacts- Flaming Heart
Vintage metal heart and chain
Photo- Cupid and Psyche- JackiePNeal


I am linking this mixed media piece up with Emerald Creek Dares-

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pretty & Pink atc swap



 Recently,I took part in an atc swap over at ArtJoyStuffBlogspot.com 
 Kimberly hosted the swap which was "Pretty & Pink" 3 for 3 atc's. 

The first 3 are the ones I made and sent .

 This beautiful roll of lace was a gift from Kimberly,the hostess-thank you đź’–

sent this lovely atc along with some confetti hearts
 and this atc came from Maggie Raguse of  TheMagRag.com 
I just love the tiny heart!
 And this sweetest atc came from one of my longtime favorite artists, Nancy Maxwell James
I have followed Nancy and her art since I started surfing the internet!

 If you have a minute, please stop by these lovely blogs and say hello- each has some really beautiful material to share!
 And again Kim,thank you hostessing this fun swap.

 ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤





A note to everyone who read and left such beautiful and heartfelt comments on my last post...
I have shared all of these with Neda and Lenny. They both were brought to tears and want me to say thank you from the bottom of their hearts for all of the love,thoughts,prayers and support from everyone. They are as I am,eternally grateful and beyond blessed to know and connect with such caring people as you all.
As of this writing,Neda's paperwork to become a US citizen is back in progress and we will wait patiently as there is nothing more we can do at this time. The government office has told them it could take up to 8 months,so we pray for no more bumps in the road.
Again thank you all
Much love and blessing to you,
Jackie

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Peace Be With You


Hello and welcome
As you may have noticed,I took a short hiatus in January in hopes of having more "me" time for creating more art.
Yes,I did get a few projects done,one I will share with you today 
This piece was made from a place within me,after a very unnerving month.
 
More on this at the bottom of post
PEACE BE WITH YOU
Some may remember that I participated last year in a project through @Twitrartexhibit.
What is Twitter Art Exhibit?

#TwitterArtExhibit utilizes social media and public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofit organizations. In the past, #TwitterArtExhibit has generated funds for a library suffering from deep funding cuts to purchase much-needed children’s books, for an abused women’s shelter seeking to improve the lives of the families they serve, and for an arts organization mentoring underprivileged young adults in preparation for careers in the visual arts.

• Artists worldwide donate postcard-sized, handmade original artwork to the #TAE17.
• TwitterArtExhibit organizes a local, physical showcasing of the art.
• The public is invited to buy the art at an affordable, flat price.
• 100% of proceeds go to the charity.
Source-http://twitterartexhibit.org/Brief
 
 This years charity art sale is April 1,2017 and is in Stratford upon Avon and the charity we created for is  Molly Olly's Wishes.
  Molly Olly's Wishes supports children with terminal illness's and their families.
 If you are in this area, maybe you would visit- Tickets are FREE!

Please follow the links I have highlighted to learn more.

The art is always postcard size  which enables the venue and charity to display so many pieces at once;this year 1300 artists registered from 62 countries! Mighty impressive!



My postcard went out on this Monday past and  I have sent wishes along for a very successful art show and sale!


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Above I shared you above this artwork was created from a personal space within me.
 What I am referring to is what is happening in our country right now. The new team in the White House recently passed an executive order banning Muslims and immigrants entering the United States from 7 "blacklisted" countries.
 You see,my daughter in law Neda,is from one of those countries listed, Iran. 
And no,Neda isn't Muslim,as a matter of fact,she is of no religion because of growing up in a place where freedom of religion was not allowed.
Neda is good,sweet,kind,a loving wife to my son and a woman who believes in treating your neighbor as you want to be treated.
 Even though Neda has come to America through every single legal,vetted avenue the US required, and has her Green Card while she awaits her time,to be eligible to become a US citizen, she has now had rights stripped away from her.
The Rights the White House said,would not affect Green Card holders. 
My son and dil Neda, have contacted lawyers and the ACLU and sit patiently waiting for the next shoe to drop.  I tell you this because,what you hear from the mouths of the new regime is not always truth,this I KNOW first hand. My heart aches for my kids as they have to live through this horrific,unjust time. And my heart,as a Mom absolutely breaks for Neda's family,in Iran,
especially her Mother.
You see,Neda,is no longer allowed to travel outside the US without having her Green Card and credentials stripped from her PERMANENTLY. This means,she cannot go home to visit her Mother. Neda speaks with her Mother over SKYPE and my son tells me with angst in his voice how heart wrenching it is to watch and listen. Her Mother is scared for her daughter, she is fearful that someone is always watching and listening in on Neda's gripes about this unfairness,fearful someone from our government,the US,will come and take her away.
 I have to tell you,this sickens me to death,and I wish I could speak Farsi to talk with Neda's Mom and tell her how sorry we are and how much we love Neda and we will not let anything happen to her. My heart is breaking...

 I pray, and I hope. I ask of you to join me in prayer, no matter what your faith,or your stance in politics,not just for mine and Neda's families,but for all who are affected by this.

If you would like to do more,I am including the website link my son shared with me. NIAC ACTION
They send updates and also provide numbers and places to call to help try and reverse this injustice.
Thank you to all of you who visit and comment, I always appreciate your love and support! 
Peace Be With You
Jackie