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Jennifer is an artist living in rural Nebraska with her US Army veteran husband. She loves to create and seeks to reflect the beauty of Christ and encourage others in meaningful, beautiful ways. You can find her and see more of her art on Studio JRU.

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  1. I loved the peek inside your studio, Jennifer. Artists always inspire me to be more, do more, and stretch past what I see as my limitations. Peeling off the “I could never” layers to reveal “possibilities” is where I am most of the time. Possibility is always peeking through the layers of inadequacy I pile on myself. Hugs.

    • Thank you so much, Renee! Possibility peeking through the layers… what a beautiful image that is! I sure hope those layers overcome the inadequacy layers. No need for those! (Although totally understandable, I think we all have some of those!)

  2. inspired by your words…

    Layer upon Layer

    Layer upon layer
    the canvas fills
    colors blending
    textures building
    patterns evolving
    each layer adding to the one before
    until the final stroke reveals
    the finished work
    a completion of
    the master plan
    birthed in the artist’s heart
    delivered through patient
    purposeful strokes
    layer upon layer
    beautiful in its complexity
    a masterpiece
    as we are His

    “For we are God’s masterpiece.
    He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
    so we can do the good things
    he planned for us long ago.”
    Ephesians 2:10 NLT

    ©Lisa DeVinney, September 2014
    inspired by JENNIFER STUDIO JRU, at (in)courage, https://aws.incourage.me/2014/09/layers.html

  3. I loved this! And the beautiful artwork too! I even loved the piece before you started the layers…all beautiful and shades of blue, blue, and blue. 🙂 We are never too old (62!) and it’s never too late for God to ‘change’ us…after seeing this, it makes me want to pick up a brush…I’ve always wanted the artist ‘gift’.
    Thanks so much for this!
    Bless you as you bless others!

  4. Wonderful,post. I like that the layers are different colors and those colors meld together to make the end result…
    Thank you the pics…

  5. From a counseling point of view, the layers speak such volumes! I think this is one of the very reasons that art is so healing…the words you speak are always so simply beautiful! And of course, you know I love this blue palette you are using!

  6. This was so neat. I studied birth through five years of age when I was in college and when I taught preschoolers I was always amazed at a process they go through. They all go through a stage where they will draw something with lots and lots of color and cover it up with all black. It is a developmental stage. Most do this as it is a process of learning to learn and to create. I would love it when they would use crayons with all of these beautiful colors and then cover it with a black crayon. I would always find a smooth edge and show them how to “look beneath the darkness” and create a design in the black crayon. I think they call is scratch art. This is the beginning of layering. The beginning of knowing that life is beautiful and full and colorful. The beginning of knowing that in that life darkness will come and we must learn to “look beneath” it to remember that God has a plan for us. A beautiful, colorful, layered plan that helps us become who He wants us to be.

  7. Loved the peek into your studio! I am fascinated with colors and how they blend together to make a beautiful picture–layer upon layer! God has to remove all the outer layers of ourselves to get to the heart of the person and gently put His loving touch there!

    Beautiful writing! Great Story!!

    Blessings 🙂