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The purpose of Soli Deo Gloria is just this: to be a community of women who encourage each other as we share our hearts, bare our souls, and walk the road with God. As the facilitator of this group, sometimes my posts become more about the group and not so much about what is going on inside my heart. But today, I write with a bit of trepidation and anxiety in my heart because, well, I'm in the process of beginning to sell my, um, art. Crazy.
Above is a piece that I did for my beautiful, talented, most wonderful friend, Amy. This is how it came about:
1. I asked her if she had a verse (most all my art is scripture-inspired) she wanted me to use as inspiration or if she wanted me to pray and ask God for a verse. To which she said, "Oh, I totally want YOU to pray and get a verse." Of course, she would say that.
2. So, in the shower, I prayed and two verses came to mind. Upon toweling off and dressing, I looked up both verses, sent them to Amy, and had her choose.
3. After I received her response, I re-read the verse, asked God for vision, and started drawing. What really came through to me in this verse was God's rescue and the fact that in His strength, provision, and protection, we can have REST. I thought about all the things that we need rescue from: the storms of our lives, the walls we build around our hearts, the briar patches along the roads. When I think about all these things in conjunction with what it means to feel safe in my Father's arms...oh, it soothes my soul.
So...I can do this for you. I can do this for your friends or your family or anyone else. I can either pray and ask God for a verse or you can give me one that is close to your heart. Each piece will be done in charcoal pencil with an acrylic spray finish so that it doesn't smudge. My paper is 9x12, but I can also create pieces that are more suitable to framing (sorry, Amy, I didn't think about this when I did yours) like 8x10 or 5x7.
I have to thank my sweet bloggy friend, Rachel. Do you know that right when I began typing this post (doubting myself all the way), I received an email from her? This is what she said: "i adore your charcoal art. it's beautiful. i only wish you sold your work, so that i could buy a piece." I'm kind of taking this as confirmation that I need to go ahead with this, at least for now. We'll see what comes of it, I suppose.
If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am really insecure about this whole charging people money thing, but I'm gonna go with $30 per piece, plus shipping. If that sounds good, just give me a shout.
Oh, and if there is a piece in the My Art section of my blog that catches your eye, email me and I'll let you know if it is available. Most all of those charcoal pieces are 9x12.
Alright, 'nuff said about me. What's going on in your world? How can we love and encourage you? Link up your blog and we will come with our words and our prayers.
SDG Community Builder: As you visit each other and leave your encouragement in their space, would you offer up a prayer for them, too? It doesn't have to be long, just a sentence or two.
Linking this also to Sneak Peek Friday at Studio JRU!