My Art

My art on this blog all started by mistake.  You see, I joined up on a linky party on Studio JRU without, um, reading the guidelines.  To join the link-up, one was supposed to showcase what had been happening “in the studio.”

What studio?

Normally, I would have just slunk away with my tail behind my legs because I just hate making mistakes like that, but the comments that the readers of Studio JRU had left on my blog were just astounding.  They were so insightful, encouraging, and introspective, and I thought, “I can’t let these people go.”

So I pulled out my old charcoal pencils (because when I draw, I need the grace of a smudgable line) and borrowed an empty sketchbook belonging originally to my husband.  And I drew at least one picture a week so I could join in the fun at Studio JRU on Fridays.

But a funny thing happened along the way.  God started using my drawing as a way to teach me how to have a Sabbath, how to find rest, how to put down this need to be productive and perfect, and just let myself fall into the moment.  There have been times when I can only express the fullness of my emotions or my questions through my art and perhaps it is because I can let go of myself, I can see Him more clearly.

I have been overwhelmed every time I have posted a piece at your responses.  Never, ever, in my wildest dreams would I have thought that God would use something that I drew to touch your heart.  But, I appreciate that He does.  And I appreciate your encouragement, your introspection, and your love.

Below you will find most the pieces that I have posted on this blog.  I am currently in the process of linking each piece with the original blog post so you can see the meaning behind it.  Just click on the image and (hopefully), it will take you there.




























8 comments :

  1. LOVE this page. So proud/glad you put it up. I'm really, really proud of you, Jen. Tears in my eyes proud. Way to be brave. Way to be obedient (in a not-so-typical way for you). Way to be open. I love you.

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  2. This is amazing Jen. It makes me excited that one little something turned into this beautiful thing....Only Him. He has so opened your eyes and heart in amazing ways...

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  3. I utterly love your charcoal art...the paper colors with the charcoal...the verses and prose written amongst the picture...and the perfect background of this new blog look...all of it...beautiful Jen!

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  4. Love this story .... so inspirational....looking forward to seeing your creativity unfold :)

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  5. such beautiful work! hard to believe that it all began as a 'fluke' - but we know it really didn't. we know God has such plans for us that we could never imagine! so AWESOME how He works! love seeing how each piece progresses into your 'style'. excited to see where He takes you next!

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  6. Jen, This is beautiful work. I recently started a journal where I would sketch what it was I felt the Lord doing in my heart after having a time of solidtude with Him. I'm not an artist at all but it never seems to matter in this book of mine. Occassionally the Lord will bring a dream to me in the night and I will draw this as well. You are a beautiful person inside and it shows in your blog and your art.

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  7. Jen , you are so talented. I love these.

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  8. i adore your charcoal art. it's beautiful. i only wish you sold your work, so that i could buy a piece.

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