Monday, November 21, 2011

Art and Soli Deo Gloria Party

Welcome to Soli Deo Gloria.  This is a place to share what is on your mind.  It is a place where vulnerability is accepted, where heart cries are honored, where struggles are heard.  It is a place where we are unconcerned with the quality of your words, but about the state of your heart.  We are a community of women that seek to encourage, support, love each other with our words.  There is laughter.  There are tears.  There is everything in between.  No matter where you are, who you are, where you have been, I want you to know that you are in the fold and that as you leave your link, you are prayed for.  Desire more information?  Please click here for the full scoop.

And congrats to Patricia who won the candle from last week's birthday party!!
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  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!


  1. I am SO glad you are offering your art for others. It is beautiful and so very special. What a neat story and that is what makes your art so very special... that you seek His face and from out of His overflow...your art comes.

    It also helps that you are a very special person too ;)

    I am going to start saving up so I can get something!

  2. I think this is the coolest -- and I just love your art...and your brave heart! What an inspiration you are, friend.

  3. I love your art, Jen. There is such a raw honesty in it. I don't know how to explain it in other words.

  4. JF,

    First of all, that Amy friend of yours sounds a tad lazy for not picking out her own darn verse!

    Ok, I love my art. You should have a testimonial section about your art. You know, like Amazon (only way better), and I will give you five stars.

    The funny (or more like God) thing is that I have been struggling with anxiety which I hadn't really told anyone about, and then Jen comes up with this verse on her own. I need rescuing. I mean, don't we all?

    Perfect. Perfect. Thank you, thank you to you, Jen, my first bloggy and then later met you in real-life friend. I appreciate your skills, and I will forever treasure your work.

  5. I want one! I want one! Let's talk about it via e-mail...I'm proud of you and this new venture friend!

  6. You are taking a risk, Jen. You don't know how much that encourages me. We sometimes get less risky as we age; you're going the growing direction. I know God will bless your step into a deeper faith.

  7. Oh Jen, this is so completely a GOD-story! As I was clicking on to your site, I had the thought that I really would like one of your drawings... :)

    I will be emailing you lovely lady.

  8. Jen, I really dig art as I think it's a beautiful way to tell a story of God's promises. Your heart in the drawing comes across! Press on, sister!

  9. Yay Pat for winning the candle! Yay Amy for getting a drawing! Yay Rachel for encouraging Jen! Yay God for using Jen's art for His heart! Loving this sisterhood that encourages each other! xoxoxo c

  10. you make me happy. of course, i can't believe you would doubt yourself....

  11. awesome. amazing. totally affirm ALL of it...definitely may be in contact about something, though, you know, I am NOT in the business of accumulating things right now...and that would be the ONLY reason why I wouldn't. Your work is wonderful and reflects you and the God IN YOU...much love sister:}

  12. So happy for you that you're taking your art to the next level--it's so unique, and it feels so authentic and personal! You go girl!!

  13. Jenn i love love your art.. love it .. and as soon as january comes and I can budget it I want a piece of your prayed over hand picked scripture art.. you bless my heart. Thank you for stopping by my dad's carepages to.. he was really excited about that
    Jenn Hand

  14. Oh Jen - This is so great! I'm so glad you were brave and hit "publish" on this. I love your art and you are an inspiration. Thanks for being YOU.

  15. Jen, I LOVE your scripture art. As I was looking at the picture of your art and reading how your drew this for your friend, I was thinking, "I want a piece of Jen's art." I was surprised and excited when I saw that it was possible. :) I may be sending you an email soon.

  16. Hey Jen - I'm so sorry! I linked up the wrong post at first. You can delete my #37 if you want. i would but can't figure out how to do it. . . Major "oops" on my part :)

  17. Dear Jen, Your art is beautiful! The best art, poetry, music, etc. is inspired by God's Word. To God be the glory!

  18. Jen, Scripture art, what more can you ask? I love how you said you pray before you draw or think of verses to draw. So beautiful. Wishing your art leads hearts and souls to Him alone.
    I made a huge mistake too, I had an error message and thought the first linky didn't get on. I was wrong and posted 2. If you'd like to delete one of them, I'd be most grateful. Blessings in all your work and in all you do for the glory of our Lord.

  19. I do some of the same thing... Get a persons favorite verse...then intpret it through art...
    I am often surprised by the results. Does that happen to you? Or do you generally make a plan and then see it through?
    Love it

  20. You are one talented lady!! What a gift you have.

  21. @aseedinspired

    Sometimes the plan comes to fruition and sometimes God leads me on an even more exciting path!

  22. It is difficult to stumble when you are on your knees! I love this piece!

  23. How beautiful! I love how the words flow around the piece. I am so happy and so excited for you! Thanks for sharing with us 'in the studio' this week! :)

  24. I am so happy for you. What a natural response to share this gift with the world.


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