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
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.
 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!


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


Julie Ann Lee said...

Thank you, Jackie for sharing your beautiful art with us. Today I donated to a fund to help lawyers in the US fight this terrible injustice. My heart and the hearts of many people I know here in the UK are with you and Neda at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers, my dear friend. xxx

Sara Barker said...

Jackie, what a lovely and colorful piece of artwork! wonderful cause you are helping out with it, too! I read through your post with interest--we have a couple of folks in our family that seem to fall into the same category. I have not yet heard from them, but will see if I can reach out to them. Hugs to you and your family!

Bozena Wojtaszek said...

Oh Jackie, dear, all the recent news from your country were pretty depressing but now it is even closer than I thought.
You created beautiful card and it emanates with peaceful strength. Stay strong, my friend, I'm with you!

Valerie-Jael said...

Your work is beautiful, as always, and good luck with the charity event. I am very sad and mad at what is happening in the USA just now, it is awful. I so hate that President, I would like to say 'Fuck Trump' - and all who support him. Will keep you and your love ones in my thoughts and prayers, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

My eyes are full of tears now Jackie!
I am thinking of you and your sweet dil Neda!
You love her dil very much - I hear this and this is the
most important thing alwas and it helps her for sure to know that!
Will keep your family in my thoughts!
Hope all will get to normal again soo!
Your piece for the charity is so beautiful!
A wonderful way to support!
Thank you for the links and interesting details to it!

Please don't too much worry dear Jackie!
Much love from

Anita Houston said...

WOW this piece is strikingly gorgeous. I LOVE the colors and the thoughts it envokes.

Karenliz Henderson said...

Oh Jackie, your post card is gorgeous! Will always be here for you and will keep your family in my daily prayers. P.S. Your website update is gorgeous. Love it.

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry that this is happening to your family. My understanding is that these are only temporary measures for 90 days until they introduce a secure vetting system to stop terrorists infiltrating America from these high risk countries. Is that not true? It's just unfortunate that regular, law abiding citizens get caught up in this madness as well. I'm sure it's gonna be alright as Neda is a legal immigrant with rights to become an American citizen. Thinking of you xx Your artwork is amazing! Very serene and perfect for the charity exhibition. I've been to Stratford upon Avon a couple of times - it's Shakespeare's birthplace!

Dorthe said...

Dear Jackie,
yes it is so awful, what your new MR. have planned to do, effecting so many sweet,loving persons, all over the world.
We are also here in Denmark so sad, and think this is not possible, believing !!!
I can understand your grief, dear friend, and your families too, it can`t be right, and hopefully it will be changed with all the resistance, coming both from inside America, and from the rest of the world.
Hugs and kisses from Dorthe

~*~Patty S said...

Sitting here teary eyed and heart broken for you and your family dear Jackie.
I have enjoyed in the past when you spoke about Neda and how in Love she and your son are.
I can hardly watch the news because it is SO upsetting.
I can only begin to imagine what you all are suffering.
I also don't want to be in a vacuum so thank you for sharing the info here.
They say a mother's prayer is one of the strongest.
Neda will have lots of mother's praying including her dear Mom in Iran and you here in the states.
I can hardly express what I'm feeling these early days since 20 Jan. Each day there is a new horror.
God help us.
Take care sweet friend.
Your art piece is so rich and full of passion and heart and for such a good cause too.
♥ U oxo

Joi at RR said...

Your post card is so rich and vibrant and intriguing Jackie - I really love it. And how wonderful that you are taking part in helping others with your art. Praying for you and your family. Xj.

Bev said...

Sending much love to you and prayers for Nida her family and others in this dreadful situation ❤❤❤

Gio said...

Your art and your heart is so big, Jackie. A really good excuse to make art and make something good.
I am really sorry for what is happening in US, we were horrified in EU about this election. Living in first person it has to be very hard, please send hugs to your daughter in law.

Win Dinn said...

Thank you so much for sharing this postcard, Jackie. I have been closely watching the events in the US this month and am saddened by all that has been happening. I know it is hitting very close to home in your family, and have been sending all the energy and light to you that I can. May your art be a solace to you as it is to so many others. xo

Marjie Kemper said...

Your piece is gorgeous, Jackie, but my heart is breaking for your family. I pray for you, Neda, your son and his inlaws.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Peace Be With You and Your Family
I think I received one of your cards in a Christmas exchange and I love it
Your art work postcard will bring a big price? I'm sure

As far as the ban on travelers from country's filled with terrorist and isis and jihad is the reason for this temporary band of travelers is how I understand it. Until everyone is checked out. The ones stopped was on a watch list not to enter the USA.I'm sure you DIL will be able to visit her Mother in months to come. I pray daily for peace for the world

Thanks for all your wonderful art talent

Angela Radford said...

Beautiful art work Jackie. Lets hope all this is sorted soon, it's a very worrying time. Take care, Angela xxx

denthe said...

Oh Jackie, I already told you on Facebook how I feel about all this. It is unbelievable that this man can just do and say whatever he wants and nobody is stopping him. He's a real danger to world peace, and I'm getting really scared for the future. I keep thinking every time "now he has gone too far, now surely someone will stop him", but nothing, nada. What the hell is wrong with the republicans? I feel like shouting to the whole world "wake the f*** up!" Last night my hubby was watching a documentary about Hitler, and it chilled me to the bone to hear what they said about him. It was an exact description of Trump, his personality, his way of treating people, his total disregard and criticism of opinions that differed from his own. I can say I didn't sleep well after that... So I can only imagine what you must be going through when it affects your immediate family. Let's just hope this madness ends soon, that some day soon people in power will use their brain and stop him. I share as many relevant articles as I can on social media, I sign every petition. Even if only one person will start thinking and protesting as well, it's worth it. It's all we can do: use our voices, keep protesting. Wishing you strength and courage in the weeks to come dear Jackie. Thinking of you and your family ♥
Btw: I love your colourful face!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Jackie, your artwork is very beautiful and I hope you enjoyed your time off in January and found a little relaxation. I am so sorry to hear about what you and your family are going through. I know several people who are struggling with the same thing right now and it's absolutely disgusting. I am sure that if they allow this man to continue on the way he is, he may very well start World War III. My heart goes out to you and your family right now in hopes that this issue will resolved before damage is done that can never be undone. hugs :)

Wee Von said...

Jackie as always I enjoy your beautiful artwork. Very moving piece. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wee Von said...

Jackie as always I enjoy your beautiful artwork. Very moving piece. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Hi Jackie. Just thought I would pop in and answer your question about my wildlife photos. Some of the photos I take, are done so right from my patio door. I have a huge tree in the front that is almost always filled with birds, and my patio is decorated with plants, logs, stumps and some fake greens to make it feel more natural for the squirrels. I hide treats in the stumps and between the branches, so when I take photographs, they seem like they were taken out in the forest. I wish I could make it outside every day, but the weather and my schedule just don't always allow for that. This is my way of being with nature, but staying cozy inside. lol.

Kimberley Johnson said...

Jackie, my heart goes out to you and your family. Actually, my heart goes out to all of our friends south of the border right now. I am not religious, but I do pray and I will certainly say a prayer for all of you. Take care and be strong. Sending lots of positive energy your way

butterfly said...

Oh, Jackie - you can feel your turmoil and desperate search for calm and reassurance in the stunning paintwork. Sadly, I fear there is little reassurance to be had with the current regime. I can only send love and support. Know that there are hundreds of thousands of us around the world trying to make our voices heard in opposition to what is going on, and we won't be silenced.
Much love,
Alison x

Ruth said...

Oh Jackie, I popped across having been such an absent visitor too thank you for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog, I really do appreciate them and then I read this heartfelt post of yours. People blog and social network for many different reasons which I appreciate and I truly value that we are all different. Mine is a record of my creativity but it doesn't mean I don't feel or fight against what I perceive as injustice in my own and yours are in my thoughts and whilst 'all things pass' I hope this does so quickly.
On a final note this piece of artwork is truly stunning, so vibrant and simply beautiful. Hugs Ruth xx

Linda said...

Oh Jackie...I am so sorry about what is happening to your family...I will keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers & sending positive energy especially to your son, Neda & her is so wrong on so many levels...I cannot believe what is going on in this country right now...I have been shell-shocked since the election... It feels like the Twilight zone! I am hoping that 2018 we can at least take control back in the house & senate & mitigate the damage of this regime.... This was a wonderful post...& your painting is wonderful... very soulful...Stay strong my friend..good will win out over this evil!! Hugs, Linda

aimarii said...

I join you in prayer and hope everything there will turn good.

Brenda Brown said...

I hear the message Jackie and feel your heartbreak over what is happening. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and hope for a quick and positive resolution to your dil's dilemma. Sending much love xxx