Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunflower Collage Done!

I think I finally understand why I love collage . . .

It's the same reason why I love mosaic art.

I have always loved the richness

of the layers of texture.

The variety of vibrant colors is a delight.

All the layers

All the pieces

put together.

In a collage,

the pieces are cut apart

ripped or torn apart.

In a mosaic

shattered, broken pieces make up the piece.

And that is just what God does with me

with us.

He takes all of the torn, cut apart, ripped pieces,

the broken and shattered pieces

and puts them back together in a beautiful work of art.

Broken and Beautiful.

Matthew West's song says it this way, "So lift them up to Me.  All the broken pieces. 
All the broken pieces of your life.  To Me."

More beautiful than before.  True.  Real.  Broken and Beautiful.

Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are his MASTERPIECE,
created in Christ Jesus
for good works
that God prepared long ago
to be our way of life."

Saturday, I gave this piece to my friend who is broken right now. 
Her back is broken.
Slowly, tenderly God is putting her back together again. 
Body and spirit.
~dedicated to my friend Sue~

Art, photos, text copyright 2010 Jodene Shaw.


  1. I love it! Thank you for giving her such an encouraging piece of love to visually see!
    My heart hurts for my mother and I am so thankful for God giving her women to nurture and pray for her, touch and share with her while I am so far away.

  2. Your new collage is beautiful! I am inspired and am sure your friend will cherish her new gift. Thanks for connecting to me! ~ Darla

  3. wow, what an amazing gift. and something i really needed to see today as well. your collage is absolutely beautiful, as is your photography. i may have to have some lessons! thanks for sharing.

  4. What a fantastic piece of art and a wonderful post! I hope your friend heals quickly and well! ♥

  5. Jod -
    It is beautiful. Such a sweet gift to a friend in need.

  6. Lovely, your friend has a angel... you!

  7. This is a very beautiful collage, the colors, the photos, everything works so well together. How wonderful to give it to your friend. All the very best to her.

  8. I read this last night and was just in awe of your talent. This piece is so beautiful. Have you always been an artist? I mean you have a see things then you are able to create something out of nothing and it looks AMAZING!

    What a wonderful gift for a much deserving friend.

    Jodi, you are an inspiration to me in many ways. I know I have been blessed to have found you through Kelly's class.

  9. Hey, Miss. Jodi:) You have an award waiting on my blog.

  10. i love this did this on wood? i want to try this myself...

  11. WOW sweet jodi, i love this gorgeous piece!! It's soo beautiful! I love every little detail on this one. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

  12. This is gorgeous! You are a very gifted artist Jodi.

    Bless you!


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