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”? 🎨
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 hours of Chalk Art for @fatboyssg at Upper Thomson Road 🍔✨✨! Thank you Bernie and Dee for the trust in my work 🙏🏼 January to March chalk art, mural painting and commissioned canvas bookings are open. My latest availability can be found in the link up on my profile. Booking instructions can be found on "How to Book" on my highlight.
Check out this awesome pillow I got from Convention Comforts for the #JBauerartBatmobile ! I picked this up while I was at @centralfloridacomiccon . Btw it's not just a pillow....It's also a blanket!! Make sure to check them out at Facebook.com/concomforts
I'm super impressed by these @narapapers ! They really do seem to live up to their claim of "no staining" (swipe 👉 to see the before and after of some spots I removed). I also really love the fact that they offer various paper sizes, including circle and square options. I'm so inspired by these rounds so much right now that all I want to do is a whole series of them.
I have yet to try this paper put with a heat gun, so I'll see how that goes sometime in the near future.
Life is too short/
I’ve already told you, let me be/
When I remember where I’ve come from/
And think about the beloved friends I’ve lost/
Who have left us and are buried where there is no sunshine/
One day, I’ll be the same/
So, don’t say anything, just enjoy yourself/
My life is mine/
It’s up to me how I live it.”- @eddykenzo 🇺🇬
-Sitya Loss- translated from Lugandan .
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!
I fell asleep and ate the flowers💐
For a couple of hours⏳/
On a beautiful day☀️/
I dream of you amid the flowers/
For a couple of hours/
Such a beautiful day...”- @missjillscott .