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Peace be with You!

Today’s Advent Art Meditation is from Isaiah 2:1-5. (Scroll down to “Friday”.) This is my last post for the Advent 2011 theme, and I have truly enjoyed the journey with those of you who found me here!

JN801 Gift of Peace © Jen Norton

“Gift of Peace”

For my final Advent painting, I am sending you the Gift of Peace! I know it may seem trite. Every beauty pageant contestant wishes for it and it’s so common a sentiment, we make jokes like “Pray for Whirled Peas” out of it. But wouldn’t it be great if we could really have it? No more worrying about crazy people stealing our children, tyrants running our lives, or murderers and thieves profiled on the news. These verses illustrate what Isaiah saw for Jerusalem once they returned to the Lord and away from their wicked ways. God is in charge, with everyone in agreement about it. Nations look to Jerusalem for wisdom, people stop fighting and start working together, never training for war again. All this is still promised to those who walk in the light of the Lord.

The cynical side of me knows it might be a pipe dream. None of us can fully control the world and mandate peace. But we can bring God into our own hearts and our own homes. Way back on my first Advent post of Nov 28, 2011, I mentioned that the most important social structure in God’s eyes is family. The holidays can bring out both the best and the worst in us, especially where family is concerned. I pray that you can find Patience to gracefully endure any hardships, Wisdom to know when someone needs you and when to step back, Forgiveness for any misunderstandings, and practice unconditional Love like God showed to us on Christmas. We can build world peace from the bottom up. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, oh Israel!

And if it’s just not in you this year, serve up some “whirled peas” and smile to yourself.

You can purchase this small painting here.

Everything’s coming up roses as long as I get my coffee!

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“Coming Up Roses” 3 x 3"

Today’s Advent Art Meditation is from Psalm 43: 3-5 and speaks about not giving up hope and trusting in God even when the chips are down.

We all have days that we just don’t want to face. It may be as trivial as not wanting to leave your warm bed on a cold, dark day. Or you may have to look for a job or face a difficult person. Whatever it is, you can trust in God to help you get through it. For me, reframing daily inconveniences into the context of “What does God ask of me in this situation” helps me to find joy and peace each day no matter how mundane or aggravating. It’s like that little bit of caffeine in my morning coffee that gets me up and out. One foot in front of the other, I get through each day and reach at least some of my destinations. I trust there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it’s only from the TV!

In the Catholic church, we use colors to distinguish the liturgical seasons. Three of the four weeks of Advent are symbolized by violet, a royal color for the Prince of Peace. This week, week three, features rose. This past Sunday was called “Gaudete Sunday” (Latin for Rejoice), and is one of only two days during the year when the color is used. It is a combination of violet and white, which is used for major feasts and celebrations like Christmas. If you attended Catholic mass anywhere in the world this weekend, you saw a rose candle being lit, rose garments on the celebrant and rose decorations on the altar. The color is like a little jolt of anticipation in the middle of the Advent season, a reminder that although we still wait, we have not lost hope.

Parties, presents, kids finishing up school projects…it all gets so rushed. The barely-used rose color in church this weekend made me stop, notice, take a breath, and gather strength to keep on going…full caffeine ahead!

You can purchase this tiny artwork here.

Time flies when you’re making art

Gift Baskets by Jen Norton Art Studio

Gift Baskets made from Jen Norton artwork. $95-$125

Yikes…I’m looking at the date of my last post, and it’s over a month ago! Well, I have a few excuses, really. There was spring break, of course. And then I’ve been busy madly painting lots of new food-related artwork to whet your appetite at my upcoming spring shows! In addition, I’m now offering gift baskets made from my artwork and I will have some available to purchase and to order at my Open Studio later this month (Mark your calendars for May 21st & 22nd). They’re great for gifts, school auctions, or to celebrate special events. The three shown here were purchased for a recent auction at the Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos, CA. I now have Gift Certificates available. Purchase one for Mother’s Day, and let your mom pick out something unique at my Open Studio!

Stay tuned…Later this summer, you might find my gift baskets in my Etsy store. But for now, what do you think of them?

 

Growing Garden Charms®

Terri Lyman, TML Custom Gifts

Terri Lyman of TML Custom Gifts

We artists spend a lot of time in solitude, but no artist is an island, and there are a few great people I rely on to help bring my art to you. I’d like to introduce you to one of them, Miss Terri Lyman of TML Custom Gifts. Terri does all the printing and heat pressing required to make my all-weather aluminum Garden Charms®.

Terri uses digital images of my work that she prints with pigmented inks on a special UV-coated paper. Then, she heat-presses the image onto the aluminum, and the heat melts the inks into the coating, rendering the final product weatherproof! Both my sister in Phoenix, Arizona (whose sunny front door temp can reach 130 degrees in the July heat!) and my mother in rainy Portland, Oregon can attest to the “weatherproof-ness” of Garden Charms in their respective climates.

TML Custom Gifts is a woman-owned small business in Campbell, CA. Terri works from her home to help support her family by printing and pressing all kind of images onto all kinds of stuff for artists, schools, and gifts for personal or business needs. She does great work, and no matter what, Terri always has a welcoming smile on her face and a tale to tell. She is a delight to work with!

Both the coated copper wire and the aluminum used in Garden Charms are manufactured in the U.S, and the decorative beading is added by the nimble fingers of my daughter and friends who are paid per unit. As you can see, each Garden Charm purchase helps quite a few people!

Check out my Etsy store …I’m always adding more items, and if you don’t see what you want, please contact me and I can add it to the store for you. Inquire about wholesale orders. Support your local artisans!