Hi, I’m Lisa. I am an artist. A maker.
I couldn’t always say that. I didn’t always embrace it. I played the safe artist. The stay in-between-the-lines artist. Maybe because I didn’t know who I was. Maybe because I was scared.
The struggle. Knowing you ARE an artist, but not knowing what to DO with that title. What did it mean? Was it ok? Was it bad? Was it good? Was I supposed to dress a certain way? Or wear my make up a certain way? Did I need to pretend to “see” things in art that I really didn’t see?
I felt entirely insignificant and incapable. Like I stood out and would never fit in. Feeling as if I saw the world differently, and for some reason that was bad.
This is what my journey as an artist has looked like. Searching. Not quite finding. Not knowing. Asking.
Who am I?
In this pilgrimage of self discovery I found what was there all along. My real significance. My authentic label. Child of God. Daughter of the King. That revelation turned my eyes off of myself and instead I focused on my Maker. Our maker. The ultimate artist.
He creates each and every day. The wind in the trees. The smile of a child. The brilliant colors of the sunset. All art. And we, us, you and I are made in His image. Created. With a desire and a passion for all things beautiful. Artists.
Art just happens to be my vocation. I create for my job. But it’s so much more than that. I want to leave a mark. Whether it be in my jewelry designs or my words. I want to make an impact. To touch people. To make them feel.
I create with that in mind. I set my focus on the Great Artist above. My Father. My Savior. Only then do the designs or the words flow. And then? Then my heart sings. This act of creating. This is my worship to my Maker. And He smiles.
This is one way I experience God.
For me. In my quiet. In my studio. It’s when I feel closest to him. When the creative part of me resonates with my spiritual being. Created in his image. Created with purpose. Created with significance. Created to glorify him with my gifts.
Sometimes it’s hard. I know I could BE better. I know I could DO better. But it’s not about that.
It’s about using what he has gifted to ME.
My talents. My abilities. My creativity. That’s just the raw material. It’s what I do with it.
When we listen to His voice…then move forward in faithful obedience…He’s right there beside us with a pencil or a paintbrush or a mixing bowl or a microphone or a dust cloth or a blank canvas or a sheet of music. Tools. To create.
It’s time to peel back the layers, remove the veil and find the art – the gifts – deep within yourself. Uncover them. Dust them off. They are yours. Unique to you.
Now use them. Use your gifts to influence those around you. This is your art.
My name is Lisa. I am an artist.
Lisa Lehmann Artist by trade. Maker by birth. Goldsmith. Dreamer. Wife to best friend. Mama to 4 “not-so-smalls”. Addicted to coffee….and dark chocolate Self-proclaimed fashionista. “Ink” connoisseur. Captivated by nature. Plays with fire. Enchanted by the written word. Seeking authenticity. Crazy about her furry girls. Child of the King. Typically, Lisa can be found with a camera in one hand…Starbucks in the other, a golden retriever by her side and slightly covered in silver dust. Guaranteed to be wearing fabulous boots, sitting on bleachers at one of her “small peoples” sporting events, with a sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face.
Art in Community ~ A round-up of YOUR artistry!
1. Eden, Draw…Doodle…Decorate
2. Barbara, on instagram
3. Melinda, Frugral Grace
4. Lori Harris
5. Rebecca, on Twitter
6. Sonya, Sonya Mac Designs
7. Kelli, on Instagram
1. Jessica, The Mom Creative
2. Miriam, A Rearranged Life
3. Megan Hagel
4. Krista, on Instagram
5. Amanda, The Scarlet Paisley
6. Cathy, Lyons Photography
7. Amy, Mavis Davis blog
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Next week we’ll see our fall study of A Million Little Ways come to its conclusion. Please don’t miss it!