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  • Usually when I paint a bird, I sit down in one non-stop session and paint the bird from start to finish. It works well when it happens - I can film a time-lapse, my paint is always the right consistency, and I tend to get in the “zone” and get lost in what I’m doing (which is great because my inner critic gets bored and stops harassing me). The problem is though, it just doesn’t happen very often anymore. There’s too much resistance.. Too many reasons not to start. “I don’t have time today”, “The lighting isn’t going to be good in an hour”, “I don’t have paint out” etc etc.. The end goal was too big, and as a result I wasn’t even starting. ⁣  One of the first books I ticked off of my “to read" list this year was one called "Mini Habits" by Stephen Guise, which is all about setting ridiculously small goals and developing mini habits. I used to have a creative habit - (that’s how this whole journey started!), but somewhere along the way I’ve raised the bar waaaay too high, and my sketchbooks are remaining closed day after day. Too much pressure.⁣
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So I’ve realised - as Stephen would say, I just need to “do ONE push-up a day”. It’s just about overcoming that first hurdle, that resistance. Taking action. Getting started. Once you’re in motion, it’s much easier to keep going and build momentum. I’ve been thinking a lot about what my “one push up” could be.  Something that will get me sitting down with my sketchbook and paint, taking action daily - no matter how small. A mini sketchbook page? A tiny bird? I was still feeling resistance. The idea is to make the goal so easy and achievable, that it’s laughable. I decided to make my goal just to “get the gouache out”. Squeeze some paint onto the palette - that’s it. No pressure to paint at all. ⁣
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Of course, once I have fresh paint on my palette - it triggers something in my brain, and things start happening! I’ve been working on this kingfisher bit by bit, just a painting here and there. But every day that I show up, there’s a little less resistance. It's progress! Are you working towards developing a habit at the moment? What’s your “one push-up”? 🎨
  • Usually when I paint a bird, I sit down in one non-stop session and paint the bird from start to finish. It works well when it happens - I can film a time-lapse, my paint is always the right consistency, and I tend to get in the “zone” and get lost in what I’m doing (which is great because my inner critic gets bored and stops harassing me). The problem is though, it just doesn’t happen very often anymore. There’s too much resistance.. Too many reasons not to start. “I don’t have time today”, “The lighting isn’t going to be good in an hour”, “I don’t have paint out” etc etc.. The end goal was too big, and as a result I wasn’t even starting. ⁣ One of the first books I ticked off of my “to read" list this year was one called "Mini Habits" by Stephen Guise, which is all about setting ridiculously small goals and developing mini habits. I used to have a creative habit - (that’s how this whole journey started!), but somewhere along the way I’ve raised the bar waaaay too high, and my sketchbooks are remaining closed day after day. Too much pressure.⁣

    So I’ve realised - as Stephen would say, I just need to “do ONE push-up a day”. It’s just about overcoming that first hurdle, that resistance. Taking action. Getting started. Once you’re in motion, it’s much easier to keep going and build momentum. I’ve been thinking a lot about what my “one push up” could be. Something that will get me sitting down with my sketchbook and paint, taking action daily - no matter how small. A mini sketchbook page? A tiny bird? I was still feeling resistance. The idea is to make the goal so easy and achievable, that it’s laughable. I decided to make my goal just to “get the gouache out”. Squeeze some paint onto the palette - that’s it. No pressure to paint at all. ⁣

    Of course, once I have fresh paint on my palette - it triggers something in my brain, and things start happening! I’ve been working on this kingfisher bit by bit, just a painting here and there. But every day that I show up, there’s a little less resistance. It's progress! Are you working towards developing a habit at the moment? What’s your “one push-up”? 🎨
  • 384 15 20 January, 2020
  • “Only from the heart can you touch the sky” -Rumi
  • “Only from the heart can you touch the sky” -Rumi
  • 1,679 14 20 January, 2020

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  • These two pieces from my Glass Houses series will be on their way to new homes tomorrow. Learn more about acquisitions by visiting my website (link in bio).
  • These two pieces from my Glass Houses series will be on their way to new homes tomorrow. Learn more about acquisitions by visiting my website (link in bio).
  • 1 1 21 January, 2020
  • No salieron muchas fotos porque me lo estuve pasando demasiado bien.
Me llevo un buen recuerdo de Vigo, gracias por la hospitalidad. Nos volveremos a ver pronto ❤️🤘🏼.
  • No salieron muchas fotos porque me lo estuve pasando demasiado bien.
    Me llevo un buen recuerdo de Vigo, gracias por la hospitalidad. Nos volveremos a ver pronto ❤️🤘🏼.
  • 18 5 21 January, 2020
  • I realize I've been a bit silent lately-- partially because I have been working diligently on a painting and partially because it was time to completely overhaul my home studio.  There's a fine line between creative chaos and chaotic negligence, and sometimes the only way to figure out which is which is to agressively reorganize. I'm not done yet, but I'm starting to feel pretty good about how much has improved so far.  I even met my goal of only using items that were already around the house to sort and organize and didn't buy any new and expensive organizers/bins/furniture whatsoever!  Here's to a less crowded, less crazy space that will allow me to work and breathe more comfortably...(also, here's to not buying art supplies for a year, because I had far more than I ever realized...oops.) #artsupplies #organize #homestudio #artiststudio #sparkjoy #artistthoughts #artistlife #makersofinstagram #makerculture #icandoit #reorganize #artstudio #livemoremagic #momentsofmine #proudofthis #workinprogress #messymonday
  • I realize I've been a bit silent lately-- partially because I have been working diligently on a painting and partially because it was time to completely overhaul my home studio. There's a fine line between creative chaos and chaotic negligence, and sometimes the only way to figure out which is which is to agressively reorganize. I'm not done yet, but I'm starting to feel pretty good about how much has improved so far. I even met my goal of only using items that were already around the house to sort and organize and didn't buy any new and expensive organizers/bins/furniture whatsoever! Here's to a less crowded, less crazy space that will allow me to work and breathe more comfortably...(also, here's to not buying art supplies for a year, because I had far more than I ever realized...oops.) #artsupplies #organize #homestudio #artiststudio #sparkjoy #artistthoughts #artistlife #makersofinstagram #makerculture #icandoit #reorganize #artstudio #livemoremagic #momentsofmine #proudofthis #workinprogress #messymonday
  • 2 0 21 January, 2020
  • another example of my bags for sale. give me a design you’d like and i’ll provide! commission prices start at 30$!
  • another example of my bags for sale. give me a design you’d like and i’ll provide! commission prices start at 30$!
  • 4 2 21 January, 2020
  • Progress from today... but lots more to do since I choose to paint on enormous canvases 😅
  • Progress from today... but lots more to do since I choose to paint on enormous canvases 😅
  • 14 1 21 January, 2020
  • ✨commissions! 🪐
i hand embroider bags- all you have to do is give me a design you’d like, and i’ll provide!
🌸prices start at 30$ for just the design on the front and the embroidered hem. 🌸 if you would like an extra design on the pocket, or if you’d like the straps decorated, that will add 10$! dm me to order! ~dani 💫
  • ✨commissions! 🪐
    i hand embroider bags- all you have to do is give me a design you’d like, and i’ll provide!
    🌸prices start at 30$ for just the design on the front and the embroidered hem. 🌸 if you would like an extra design on the pocket, or if you’d like the straps decorated, that will add 10$! dm me to order! ~dani 💫
  • 4 2 21 January, 2020
  • On my art desk, I have started collecting this cute little figures of Scooby and the gang. Today I was able to add more to my collection and now I'm excited cuz I only need ONE MORE to have all of them. The part that stinks is they come in a sealed ball and is a mystery until you open it. 
Anyway, I love having these cute little guys on my desk cuz it brings back good memories, helps get me into creativity mood, and because I LOVE cartoons! I love watching them and drawing them so much (when I have time). This year I have decide to draw at least one cartoon for each of my kids to hang in their room. So stay posted through out the year to see which one the kids want me to do for them!! 😃 It's going to be fun!
  • On my art desk, I have started collecting this cute little figures of Scooby and the gang. Today I was able to add more to my collection and now I'm excited cuz I only need ONE MORE to have all of them. The part that stinks is they come in a sealed ball and is a mystery until you open it.
    Anyway, I love having these cute little guys on my desk cuz it brings back good memories, helps get me into creativity mood, and because I LOVE cartoons! I love watching them and drawing them so much (when I have time). This year I have decide to draw at least one cartoon for each of my kids to hang in their room. So stay posted through out the year to see which one the kids want me to do for them!! 😃 It's going to be fun!
  • 1 1 21 January, 2020
  • A scene from Sugar Hill, NH. 4x8 oil on linen.
  • A scene from Sugar Hill, NH. 4x8 oil on linen.
  • 4 1 21 January, 2020