Lucca, Italia Journal


I’ve been working on finishing my collaged art journal of Lucca, Italia this week. I began in May, 2014! Here, I have some original watercolors mixed in with photos and collaged painted papers. I hope to finish in the next few days.


Marge Malwitz and I had such a restorative and restful trip to Italy last May. We soaked in beauty, and responded with our own art-making. Check out Marge’s work at:Marge Malwitz. Marge is my art and “art engaging story” mentor.


It is always an honor to learn from Marge. She has an amazing design background, and gently leads me in making better art. I might make one well designed page to her twelve, but I am thankful for the one.



Each journal I make helps me to grow. I cut and move shapes around until I sense the shapes are dancing together in harmony.


I think Marge and I should take off for another trip of learning and soaking up beauty. Maybe, I’d create a couple of more pages with good design. Every artist really needs trips like these! Especially, for the naps!!!


Art Cards Available Sunday Night

Original watercolor used for making my cards.

My art cards will be for sale on Sunday night after “The Passion of Christ” concert at Village 7 Presbyterian Church.  Why not grab some beauty and support two international outreaches I hope to be a part of this summer.

A basket of beauty to help raise funds for upcoming art outreaches.
My original watercolor of bright, deep pink tulips.
Bright, cheery cards made from my original watercolor of the tulips.
One of my first sunflower watercolors painted in the Seattle area.
Art cards of the sunflowers as well as some hanging fuchsia.


Home from Nicaragua

Watercolor Sketch, Nicaragua, Marcia Carole, February 2015

What a wonderful time of celebration we all had in Los Cedros, Nicaragua. My church has partnered with some folks down there, have built a school, helped plant a church, and built homes. We’ve held men’s conferences, women’s conferences, VBS programs, and sponsored students at the school. Our church choir has sung there, and for this celebration, men and women from Los Cedros joined the choir to form an amazing international choir!

We’ve shared our hearts, and they have shared theirs. It’s been a treasured partnership for all of us!

In years past, I’ve painted murals and helped women share their stories through art while living in Los Cedros. I lived there a couple of months a few years back and made some lovely friendships with women and the children. They are so generous with their love.

Marcia helping women in sharing their stories through art.

This time, I worked with one woman, brought her many art tools, and gave her a watercolor lesson. Our translator, Daniel, was excited to join us in learning to paint. What fun to have Daniel join us! Before over 300 people ate dinner together, and celebrated our ten years of partnership, I slipped in this lesson. We painted the beach and learned how to use watercolors. I also tried to help my students “see” better for their art making.

Marcia teaching watercolor to Cela and Daniel at the beach celebration.

I don’t know when I’ll return, but I left part of my heart in Nicaragua. I pray I might be able to return to live there an extended time again.

“Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: give me leave to do my utmost.”-Isak Dinesen, Babette’s Feast.

Throwback Monday – Italy Art Cards

Lovely Lucca, Italia, Marcia Carole, Watercolor

A friend has ordered a set of these cards in the midst of the rush for “Christmas” Monday Cyber-deals. How refreshing to order art reflective of my journeys to relaxed, beautiful Italia. I like to say to friends, especially when I am about to return to Italy, “The Italians already had their time of conquering everything – the known Western world, so now they are into good food, good wine, good conversation and amazing art.” These cards remind me of lazy afternoons when I was loli-gagging around beautiful, peaceful Lucca, Italy. That’s where the original was painted.

My prices are fairly static, although I am offering free shipping this week. (5×7 inch cards, 10 for $20.) In the spirit of relaxed Italy, I’m not throwing myself into the mad, frenzied consumeristic wheeling and dealing. Instead, I’ll mail these out, little by little, as I can. As Leonardo Da Vinci used to say, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

Here is the back of card with my website and name.

If you’d like a set of 10 of these cards, please feel free to let me know here: and just fill out the form on that page with your request for Italian art cards. I’ll be sending them out by the end of this week. Buon Natale!