A Hand Out for a Hand Up

take my hand feature

Not all my mixed media pieces come together as a result of stuff that’s happening in real life.  This 10 x 10 collage was a happy result of a fun lunch this week I had with two artist friends, Cathy and Mari.

Mari lives in Bellingham and was telling us that her church is making a difference in the homeless community as they turn their basement into a homeless shelter for over 40 women in the winter months.  The church pulls together to provide tasty meals and they have made a difference in the lives of those women!

She told of a young immigrant who they showered with love to provide a nice wedding and then later, a baby shower!  That is reaching out….and taking a hand.



take my hand inspiration

I came home from the lunch and was sorting through supplies and sitting in the pile was the tin hand with the saying attached.  “Why that is Mari and her church!” I thought, PERFECT!  The tin used to be a cookie container but I cut out the hand from the lid and knew it would come in “handy”  some day. teehee


take my hand corner adjusted

I painted the hand with acrylic paint and used actual fingernail polish.  I used a black paint pen to make a whimsical border around the 10 x 10 gallery wrapped canvas.


take my hand font

I used  my largest magazine font to fill the space with as much color as possible.


take my hand feature

All that was left to do was glue on some junk jewelry to complete the piece!  Thanks Cathy and Mari, for a fun lunch and some fresh inspiration!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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