Behind the Art: Why I Do What I Do

People have asked me where all this art stuff originated. Up until a couple years ago, I was better known for leading worship, Bible studies, or speaking at women’s retreats. The focus of my ministry has seemed to shift lately, more toward a visual expression of my faith through art. For one, art is easier than writing. Especially when you add in my daily schedule of homeschooling two children at home. (Thank you, Lord, for summer break!)

My interest in art began with a desire to create a gift for a friend after a summer retreat. I wanted to make her something special to reinforce the message of the weekend and encourage her in faith. I started watching all kinds of mixed media tutorials online and pretty much took off from there.

I don’t make art for art’s sake. I make art to encourage women in faith. I hope to inspire you to meditate on God, the truths of your faith, and grow deeper in relationship to Him. Lately, this seems to be happening more in art than in writing simply because of the season I am in.

My friend Diana thought it would be helpful to know the “story behind the art”. I hope eventually to add little cards with every necklace or notecard I sell to explain the inspiration for each piece. There is a lot of care and significance packed into each one. She made a great suggestion that I hope to implement in the near future. For now, I include details like this in every listing in my Etsy shop .

Today, I am adding a new set of note cards to Etsy and some new necklaces. Here are some images and a little explanation behind each one:

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Take Heart/Faith card pack: Contains 3 cards of each design: “Take Heart” (Heart with Cross) and 3 “Faith” (Girl with Faith on her chest). On the inside, Take Heart has “Take heart, Daughter. Your faith has healed you”. Faith has “A small seed of faith moves mountains. Nothing is impossible with God”. There is only ONE pack of these left. Friends who have purchased them say they are even more beautifully vibrant in person. The messages in these cards are the core of Faith Miner’s Daughter. The main idea is take faith to heart and let God heal all your broken places. The Faith girl’s body is made to look like a mountain because she is what must be moved by faith, signifying growth, change, and healing.

Brave Girl/Look at the Birds card packs: Contains 3 cards of each design: “Brave Girl Moves Mountains” with inside message “A little faith can do big things”. “Look at the Birds” with inside message from Phil. 4:9, “God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”. I have THREE sets of this card pack available. The Brave Girl follows the same theme of moving mountains and her body is also shaped to look like a mountain. Look at the birds is from Jesus’s teaching on the Sermon on the Mount (teaching on a mountain!). I chose the Philippians verse because I felt it encompassed His teaching and includes the words “glorious riches” – this is significant to the idea of God mining our hearts by faith and us receiving the lasting treasures of His grace and provision in Christ Jesus. This verse is a perfect illustration of Faith Miner’s Daughter.

Made New Necklace:

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This one is inspired by my “Made New” original artwork. If you look closely around her head, you can see the words “Made New” and it looks as if butterflies are emerging from her on either side of her face and neck. This piece is inspired from 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”. The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly signifies the wondrous change in us in Christ Jesus.

Card packs are $12 + tax/shipping. Necklaces are $20 + tax/shipping. I do not charge shipping if you are local and can pick up your purchase (or I see you regularly and can bring it to you!). Please contact me to take out the shipping cost if this applies to you before you complete your purchase. Also, I had a request on necklaces. For some, the organza ribbon is not long enough. I do now have an optional 24″ vintage style antique bronze chain. Please note this in your purchase if you prefer that to the ribbon. I did include that option in the Made New Listing .

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Take heART!

<3 Robyn

 

 

She Discovered Rest

Good morning, friends! It’s another rainy day here. The kids and I have been frustrated by the amount of rain this summer because it is messing up our swim time with friends! Major bummer. We are hoping for clear skies later today but it is not looking good at the moment. In the meantime, I thought I’d share another simple project from my art journal.

For this one, I wanted to talk a little about symbolism in art. Not because I am an expert or anything. But I have noticed my art (and my writing for that matter) tends to be filled with metaphor and symbolic meaning that is not always obvious to others. I am pretty sure this is the poetic part of me. I’ve always loved creative writing, so it makes sense this same style would be part of my painting as well. I looked up symbolism in art this morning on Wikipedia to get a working definition. There is a lot of historical detail there for anyone interested. All that was over my head and interest level. I pulled out this statement from the “Symbolist Manifesto” to give you an idea of what I am talking about: “Symbolists believed that art should represent absolute truths that could only be described indirectly. Thus, they wrote in a very metaphorical and suggestive manner, endowing particular images or objects with symbolic meaning… its goal was to “clothe the Ideal in a perceptible form” whose “goal was not in itself, but whose sole purpose was to express the Ideal”.

I’ve noticed in my paintings that even the smallest details matter in determining how I will convey the thought symbolically. This project began like most of my journal pages, by identifying some key words that stood out to me. I marked the words “discovered” and “rest”. I painted over the rest of the page with gesso and then pressed plastic wrap into it while it was wet to create this texture:

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The first thing I noticed is the word discovered was at the top of my page with rest underneath. The word placement on the page was itself symbolic in how the discovery of rest seems to descend. For this reason, I decided to paint a subject for the discovery to “land” on:

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Notice how the word rest is part of her head. This symbolically suggests the rest is in her mind: thoughts, emotions, etc. I love how the placement of one word can dramatically convey such powerful truth. Next I colored her hair with raw umber and painted the shadows, depths of her face. Here’s a picture of that:

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She looks kind of creepy at this point. I am noticing my preference in painting faces is to freely paint the shades before I sketch details of eyes, nose, mouth. I use the paint shading in places where her facial features will ultimately be, and have noticed the features seem to emerge by approaching a face this way. The shading helps me “see” her facial details, if that makes sense.

The next image shows you her facial details, which include closed eyes to go with our theme of resting. I painted the background and top of her dress with soft colors to illustrate a restful state. All of this was fairly straightforward:

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I needed to convey what it was that caused her to discover rest. I thought of the verse, “And by Him we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:15, 16). In my book , I describe this truth in Chapter 4, Tunneling Truth. I note this as the “foundation of true rest and the springboard of new life”. Next, I stamped the word “she” and “Abba Father” to represent this truth:

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Notice how Abba Father follows the curve of her head. This is again symbolic of the idea of this truth taking shape in her mind and bringing her rest. It is the knowledge that she is God’s child that settles her in rest. Simple statement, powerful life-changing truth. I also added some edging to my page to give it a frame. Here is a close up the final page:Final close up

Symbolism in a page is one of the many joys I experience in art journaling. I encourage you to think about even the smallest details like word placement and curvature. A small thing can convey a big truth in a simple, yet profound way. Beautiful.

I hope today “She discovered rest” has encouraged you to take Abba Father deeper into your heart and mind. To allow the knowledge that through Jesus we become God’s children, and to allow that truth to settle you into rest. If you have not yet known God as your Father, I pray today you will draw near to Him in seeking prayer. Ask God to give you a revelation of who He is, who His Son Jesus is, and to take to heart the truth that “to all who receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

Take heART!

<3 Robyn

 

 

 

 

 

Take Heart News and Giveaway

 

I am almost giddy with excitement over some things happening here!! I’ve been working on new ways to share my art and encourage you in faith. And today, I am SO excited to announce a couple of new products that I am going to give some away too!

Take Heart Cards: Beautiful, custom-made from my original artwork, complete with messages to inspire faith inside. Check out the texture and color, I am so impressed by how well the details were preserved in printing:

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Aren’t these awesome? I absolutely love them! They combine two things I love: God’s Word and art that inspires. What a dream come true! Doesn’t get any better than that. I am selling these in packs of 6 for $12. Each 6 pack has 3 cards of each design and envelopes. What an inexpensive, unique way to gift someone with original art AND encourage them in faith at the same time!

Faith Necklaces: handmade, from my original artwork. Made with vintage materials combined with lovely, organza ribbon. Unique and beautiful additional to your personal jewelry collection, and a great gift for a friend! I was pretty happy with my first attempt to make these. I conservatively put one out in my shop for sale, and enlisted Chloe to model it for us. Check it out:

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I think these are so pretty! The response on Facebook has been wonderful. I am ordering more supplies to make a new batch right now.  This one is available in my shop for $18.

And now for the giveaway….

I am going to give someone a sample of each card AND a vintage copper 24″ take heart necklace. Check it out:

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I wore one of these to the movies the other day and a couple friends noticed. It is SO fun to wear your own art! Their compliments made my day!

So, how do you win this fabulous prize package? Glad you asked. First, you have to subscribe to Faith Miner’s Daughter. Check. If you received this post via email, you are already a subscriber. Yay! (If you are not a current subscriber, you can join in two easy steps. Enter your email on the top, right hand side of my home page, and then go to your email account to activate your subscription by clicking the link sent to you).

All subscribers have to do to enter is visit my Etsy shop, and then leave me a comment on this post, telling me which piece or product is your favorite! If you haven’t already, you can favorite items in my shop too, or just favorite my whole shop! If you don’t use Etsy regularly, you probably don’t know what I am talking about, and that is ok. Just visit my shop by clicking the link here and then come back here to leave me your comment. Viola. You are entered. Easy as pie, clear as mud? Good, because I can’t wait to share my new goodies with a friend! :)

The giveaway is open until June 30th. I picked this date in honor of my model, Chloe’s 9th birthday. :) So, on her birthday, I will ask Chloe pick the winner randomly from the entries. Good luck!!

Have a wonderful, restful weekend.
Take heART!

<3 Robyn