One Year Later – Soul Graffiti Art Studio

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I still have a hard time believing I own and operate an art studio. Soul Graffiti opened for business and creative ventures October 1, 2013.

The past 12 months have been a time of rapid growth for me. As an artist, as a business owner, as a believer, and as a dreamer.

I’ve cried, laughed, and yelled. I’ve experienced the amazing community of local artists who have supported me and loved me. I’ve been doubted, questioned, and looked down upon. I’ve been supported, loved, and encouraged.

People I barely knew one year ago have supported Soul Graffiti in ways I could have never predicted. People I’ve known for decades don’t even know Soul Graffiti exists…is this even possible with social media?!?!

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I’ve washed more paintbrushes than I care to think about. I’ve learned to appreciate mason jars in a whole new way. Acrylic paint may be permanently embedded beneath my fingernails.

Michael, Jerry, and Mr. AC Moore know me by name and my checking account number.

I’ve painted my rear end off. I taught more than 60 classes. I’ve partnered with other amazing artists. My work has received criticism and made divisive waves. Received accolades and gotten raves.

I’ve shipped paintings to towns I’ve never visited. The Soul Graffiti Art Studio FB page has almost {we’re so stinkin’ close!} 500 LIKES. I’ve been commissioned to create gifts for birthdays, weddings, and new babies.

All this and I’m still in disbelief…walking on water. The waves are always beating against my feet, but my eyes have to stay on Jesus, the architect of my faith.

Faith, the evidence of things hoped for, but not seen. Soul Graffiti Art Studio was a massive leap of faith. I had no idea what was even possible. I started paying rent on a 400 square foot space and didn’t have the first class scheduled. I even thought it was a little bit cray cray myself.

My husband and my kids believed in me. From inception. From the moment I met a complete stranger turned soul sister Andrea Noles and she spoke life into my soul…”Lizzie, you need a place to land”.

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Her aptly spoken words fanned a spark in me that ignited my inner artist and turned into a flame. Now that flame burns with fervor and energy that’s palpable. Before last summer, I never even knew owning an art studio was a possibility.

But…I’ve seen some of what’s possible in the past year, and I believe we have only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible when people have a place to create soulful masterpieces. A place to express and put on a canvas the graffiti that is written on their very souls.

Even with all I’ve mentioned, you know what makes me cry and smile at the same time? Artists who’ve landed at Soul Graffiti. Precious souls to me. People who took a risk. Dear souls who chose to show up. To play with paint. To share little pieces of themselves on a stretched canvas.

They took a huge risk and showed up. That’s what life is all about. That’s all I did when I opened the doors to Soul Graffiti one year ago.

So, one year later, how do I measure success? It’s not my checking account. Or the number of canvases I’ve painted. Or the accolades. All of those things are incomparable to the smiles, and aha’s, and tears, and “wow, I did that!” comments that I get to hear every week.

That’s how I measure success. One soul at a time. One artist who takes a risk and shows up at Soul Graffiti. That’s all God asked of me one year ago and that’s all I ask of the artists who take a risk at Soul Graffiti. And of myself. Success is showing up.

Hope you show up at Soul Graffiti Art Studio very soon!

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Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior.

 

 

 

Art Starts With a Few “Boundaries”: Day 18 of 31 Days of 2013

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When you attend a class at Soul Graffiti Art Studio, you will encounter a few boundaries:

1. No comparisons.

2. No “I can’t”.

3. I CAN.

That is all. Show up and create. Be yourself, not a 2nd or 3rd rate version of someone else. You have a lot to offer. Soul Graffiti is a place for you to do just that.

Hope to see you there soon! You will be celebrated for being you. Just the way God intended.

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Art Starts NOW!: Day 9 of 31 days of 2013

Well, friends, Soul Graffiti Art Studio is now official! I have a name, several logos with beautiful models, and a place to land. All we need now are more artists! I will announce my first children’s art classes tomorrow. Check back here tomorrow.

I will also announce the classes on my FB page. GO HERE and click like to be able to follow Soul Graffiti via FB, too! Until then, enjoy my logo with my models below.

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Art Starts When You Listen With Your Heart: Day 8 of 31 Days

Our hearts are often looked upon as bad or even evil. This breaks my heart of flesh.

When we see our hearts as evil, we discount anything that may come from that place of desire, sometimes called our hearts.

Yes, the Bible says this in Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

But it also says this in Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

And this in Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” All of these are Old Testament verses.

BUT, this is a New Testament verse, Matthew 27:37: “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” How do we reconcile all of this? Is the heart bad or good?

I think it is best to interpret scripture using scripture so I turn to a verse in Proverbs again: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”, Proverbs 23:7.

Let me summarize. You are what you think you are! So let me ask you, who do you think you are deep in your heart? I invite you to not be afraid of your heart, the wellspring of life from where all things flow. Today, ask God to show you your deepest heart desires. Your art. Your calling. Your life investments. Your purpose for being on planet earth.

Art, my fellow artists, starts by listening with your heart of flesh. Don’t be afraid. Ask God, for He already knows. He made you for it!!

Sending love and prayers your way until tomorrow, friends! I will announce and open registration for the first children’s art class tomorrow. Come visit the blog for more info. To receive an email every time I post, sign up on my blog page in the upper right hand corner. Thank you!

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xoxo
Lizzie
Soul Graffiti Art Studio