GUEST ARTIST: “Purpose Driven Art” by Natalia Budihardjo

Natalia Budihardjo Gnadia Art Loose Floral Watercolor

My name is Natalia Budihardjo, founder of Gnadia Artwork. I believe we are all created for a purpose. I was struggling to find the purpose of my life. I prayed and asked many times to God. Then I found this text:

There once was a son asking his dad, “which class should I attend dad? Sports or music?”. “Both are good my son, choose one that suits your passion and you can be a successful person”, answered his dad.

I believe we can find our purpose in life through our talent and passion. Life is too short if we do not do something that we love and live the life we are meant to have.

I am an Indonesian living in Germany. I’m happily married and enjoy living with my husband and our two-year-old daughter. I used to work in an international company for five years before we decided to move to Germany and continue our studies. After having a child, my life has been changing and I kind of lost myself. I somehow started to paint. Then I found myself back through my journey with watercolor painting. I really enjoy doing it, and importantly, I can still manage my duties as a wife and mom.

Until now, watercolor has been my passion and my “peace of mind”. I started my own business in art and doing projects with my church by empowering women to find their passion too. I enjoy creating my artwork and share it with the world or send it to specific people.

Inspiring quote or bible verses are sometimes written in my artwork so I hope it can somehow touch and inspire others. Art is for me one of the ways you can freely express yourself and share a part of yourself with the world. A place where you can inspire, motivate, and empower others.

Gnadia Artwork and Art Supplies

Why Gnadia name? Gnadia is my daughter’s middle name. It is derived from the German word “Gnade”, which means grace. I chose this name because it is only because of God’s grace that I can be where I am today. So, I would like to always remember that.

My specialty is watercolor and hand lettering. I create greeting cards, bookmarks, wedding invitation designs, baby milestone cards, calendars, and wall paintings. I received a customized and personalized order as well from my customers. Floral, botanical, nature, and everyday objects have inspired me the most.

Coffee Lovers Watercolor Paintings

I have been using watercolor products from Winsor & Newton, Van Gogh, and Art Philosophy from Prima Marketing. I am using different types and sizes of brushes from Renesans, including their angled brush. The paper that I mostly use is from Canson and Tri-Art. I sometimes use masking fluid from Renesans as well.

Finally, I would recommend you find something you are passionate about, what you enjoy and love doing it. Practice and practice it. Never give up chasing your dream, enjoy the process and I hope you can find your purpose and live a fulfilling life.

Have you found your purpose in life yet? It does not have to be related to art. But if so, what does art mean to you? I would love to hear that from you as well. Any questions or would like to share, feel free to reach out to me anytime. You can see more of my art works at the links below.

Natalia Budihardjo

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  1. Danai Mongkolrat 3 years ago

    Wonderful painting!!

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Hello Danai,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I hope you have a wonderful day

  2. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    Your art is so beautiful, Natalia! My passion has changed over the years, but it has always involved art of some kind. It’s been watercolor for many years now. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Dear Sandra,

      Thank you so much! Wow it’s really nice to hear about your journey. Thanks for sharing it with me! Let’s keep doing what we love and inspire people to do what they love too.

  3. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and inspiration!

  4. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Beautiful, joyful paintings, Natalia! Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful art Natalia!

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      You are most welcome dear Karen and thank you for reading my story!

  6. Miishuangmu 3 years ago

    I can feel the power of airy-light, transparency and soft in her art. Such a great pleasure.🌻

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Hello Miishuangmu, I am so glad that you like my artwork. And oh your comment made my day! I really like how you describe my art. It is so true. Thanks again

  7. Laura 3 years ago

    What beautiful art and a wonderful journey. Thank you for sharing with us Natalia.

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Thank you dear Laura and I am so glad that you like it. I am more than happy to share.

  8. Mireya 3 years ago

    Yes your art is beautiful. I see you have a way with handling the brush. Simple strokes of color make such a difference. I really like they way you sign your art. I have Mireya Pizarro in hand writing but I’d like somehting simple. What paper do you use?

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Oh hello Mireya, I am so glad that you like my artwork. Your comment made my day! Thank you so much. Yes I am practicing my strokes like almost everyday. Do you have a link with your profile or your artwork? I would love to visit and have a look on your masterpiece too 🙂
      And about the paper, I mostly use the paper from Canson and TritArt.

      • Mireya 3 years ago

        • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

          I just checked your website and amazed how talented you are Mireya. I love how creative you are with mixing media to create art. and oh you wrote books as well! Such an inspiration 🙂

          • Mireya 3 years ago

            Your words came at a great time! Here I am having a not so good day yet seeking better and so thank you!!

      • Mireya 3 years ago

        thanks on the paper

  9. Santosa 3 years ago

    Dear Natalia and Gnadia, you are so inspiring and your art so heavenly 🙏👍 keep going on your passion, you will be a MAESTRO very soon 👍🙏💪 God bless you

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Thank you so much dear Santosa. Amen thanks for the prayer and God bless you too.

  10. Kezia Yoen 3 years ago

    Aya Liaa, Chara Gnadia, I am your mother and Gnadia Grandma😘 I am so proud of you all 🙏❤❤❤💋 I am so grateful to our Jesus Christ. I
    could not give you wealth, luckily Jesus Christ has given you all more than money , He has given you special talent

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Dear Mom and Dad you both are one of my biggest supporter. Thank you for all you have done for me.

  11. Sabrillu 3 years ago

    Natalia your work is so delicate and beautiful! I wish you great success with your talent and that you find purpose in everything you do ❤️

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Dear Sabrillu, Thank you so much and so glad that you like my artwork. Amen and thank you. I hope you the same too! and oh I just visit your blog and found so many amazing artworks! You are so talented!

      • Sabrillu 3 years ago

        Natalia that’s so lovely of you to say! Thank you very much! I can totally say the same about your work 🙂

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      I mean Sabrina. I just realise your name from your blog 🙂 cheers and greetings from Germany!

      • Sabrillu 3 years ago

        Haha 🙂 Oh, du bist aus Deutschland? Dann kann ich ja auf Deutsch schreiben 🙂 Ich komme aus Österreich – und ja Sabrillu ist eine Art Kombination aus Sabrina und Illustration – aber ganz viele haben schon gedacht, dass ich so heiße 😀 Also kein Problem.

        GLG aus Salzburg

        • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

          Ja gerne wir können ja auf Deutsch schreiben 🙂 Achso gut zu wissen, das ist ja so eine cooles Name! Liebe Grüße!

  12. Natalia Budihardjo 3 years ago

    Thank you!!

  13. Itching for Hitching 3 years ago

    Thank you for inspiration. Your art is beautiful.

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Thank you so much and I am so glad that you like my artwork.

  14. Juhyang 3 years ago

    Ich bin sehr begeistert von deine Geschichte!
    Du hast immer Gottes Liebe geteilt mit alle!
    Ich bin ganz stolz auf dich Lia, was du alles machst!♡♡♡
    Gott schenkt dir eine schöne Talent.
    Ich wünsche mit deine artwork alles gut!
    Und durch mit liebe Chara und Aidt bleib immer mit Gottes Gnade!
    Wir sind sehr bedanken an Gott, dass wir euchere Freunde sind!

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Danke meine Liebe! Wir sind auch dankbar dass es euch gibt! Ganz Liebe Grüße 🙂

  15. Susan Masters 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your work and inspirations

    • Gnadia Artwork 3 years ago

      Hello Susan, you are most welcome, I am so glad that you like it. Greetings from Germany 🙂

  16. Beulah Rest 2 years ago

    Hello, Natalia. I love your work. I’m primarily a writer and Christian minister, but I began focusing a lot o painting about a year and a half ago, and I found it so good for de-stressing that I did more and more of it. Recently, I even created a website just for posting pictures of my artwork. I needed a sort of hiatus from writing for a while, and I’ve found the greater focus on art to be very restful and refreshing. I wish you great success in your work as an artist. You are most talented, and I’m sure many people will be blessed by your work.

  17. Sharda 2 years ago

    I love your art. Very beautiful work!

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