This weeks “Sketching Challenge Link-up”

Are you ready for this weeks sketching challenge topic?  Drum roll……..

BIRDS

Click here for a reminder of the guidelines.

Here are my sketches for this weeks challenge:

BirdsYou are next… Click here to enter
This list will close on 2/23/2014 11:59 PM North America – Central Standard Time

This weeks “Sketching Challenge Link-up”

Are you ready for this weeks sketching challenge topic?  Drum roll……..

Scan 73This image is your challenge.  It’s from “Cards of Sacred Guidance and Inspiration” by Kimberly Marooney

Here’s the plan:
1.  Sketch your 6 thumbnail sketches using this image for inspiration.
2.  Ideally, you will see things in this image that spark ideas for your sketches.  The idea is that you wouldn’t sketch this image ‘as is.’
3.  Click here for a reminder of the additional guidelines.

 Here are my sketches for this weeks challenge:

Angel card sketches

Can you see different aspects of the image above in my sketches.  The bottom left is a pretty literal interpretation.  Do your best to be as imaginative as possible.

You are next… Click here to enter
This list will close on 2/16/2014 11:59 PM North America – Central Standard Time

 

100 Face Challenge – Meet Krishna

Happy Wednesday Everyone -

Before I introduce Krishna, just a friendly reminder that you still have four more days to join the sketching challenge link up for this week.  Go on….give it a try :).  If you know others who might be interested, I’d be grateful if you passed it on.

Krishna was fun to create.  I laid down the corner papers first to start creating the background.  As I was about to finish laying down the center, I realized there was a shape jumping out at me.  I decided to go with it.  I absolutely love the intuitive process of creating.  Creating as you go, what feels right, what looks right.  If I was required to know what the end results would be when I started, I would never start.  I know that about myself.  The entire shape of Krishna (from her hat to her neck) is exactly how she presented herself to me.  The only part that goes beyond the original shape is her nose.

Krishna

The angel Krishna “is a deliverer of joy and happiness.  When you call upon [her]/him, you’ll likely feel a swelling of warm, loving energy in your heart and belly” (Archangels & Ascended Masters, Doreen Virtue).

Krishna prints are available now.  Enjoy!

Sketching Challenge Link-Up

It’s so important for artists to get in the habit of sketching regularly to build the foundation, structure and originality of their work.  Because of this, I wanted to put something fun together to encourage you AND me to sketch more often.  This sketching challenge is super easy.

Here’s what you do:

1.  Sketch 6 thumbnail sketches based on the theme announced every Monday.
2.  Post your sketches on your blog by the following Sunday.
3.  Use the link at the end of this post to link-up to this blog by the following Sunday.
4.  Give some visiting, ‘likes’ and comment love to as many sketching challenge participants as you have time for that week.

Sketching rules:

1.  Sketching, like Gesture drawing, is meant to be fast and loose in it’s approach.  You are not working on a final masterpiece here.
2.  Put as much into your 6 thumbnails sketches as you have time for that week.  Some may choose to color in some of their sketches, others won’t.  No pressure!
3.  Stretch your mind.  Go places you normally wouldn’t go.
4.  Don’t worry about the outcome (no one is judging).
5.  Visit others participating in the challenge but don’t compare your sketches to theirs.  If I did that, I would have never started this challenge as I don’t have a lot of sketching experience.
5.  Enjoy the process.

I’ll decide how long to run the sketching challenge depending on interest.

Are you ready to get sketching?

This weeks theme:  TREES
This weeks prize:  A pair of earrings from my shop

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The Power Of Resistance: On Turning Pro

If you recall from my previous post, I explored ways in which resistance shows up in many aspects of our lives, according to Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne in “The War of Art”.

Once we have an understanding that resistance does play a role in our lives, the next step is to find ways in which we can manage resistance.  Notice how I used the word ‘manage’ rather than ‘get rid of’ or ‘avoid’.  According to Pressfield & Coyne, it’s not possible to live a ‘resistance free’ life.  Therefore, we must learn ways to manage it if we don’t want it to control us or bring us down.  “Aspiring artists defeated by resistance share one trait.  They all think like amateurs.  They have not yet turned pro.”

Professionals..

  • show up every day.
  • show up no matter what.
  • stay on the job all day (or for many of us working other jobs, whatever hours you’ve committed to for the upcoming week).
  • are committed over the long haul.
  • work for money (not doing it for fun).
  • don’t over identify with their work (they have pride in their work but are not overly invested in its success or terrified of its failure).
  • master the techniques.
  • have a sense of humor about their work.
  • expose their work to judgment in the real world (outside of friends and family).
  • don’t take praise or rejection personally.  Critics are not the enemy, resistance is.  The battle is in our own heads.
  • use criticism as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • are patient and understand delayed gratification (allowing the stars to align in their artistic career).
  • seek order (don’t tolerate disorder and eliminates chaos from their world).
  • understand that fear can never be overcome and “warriors-on” (the amateur believes they must first overcome fear; then the work can be done).
  • don’t let excuses get in the way of their work.
  • prepare, each day, to confront their own self-sabotage (resistance throws stuff at you and the professional mentally absorbs the blows and takes what the day brings).
  • understand the goal is not victory, that success will come by itself when it’s ready.
  • ask for help (the best athletes still have coaches).
  • understand that experience is a process.  “The next piece of work will be better, and the one after that better still.”
  • endure adversity.  “The professional lets the birdshit splash down on their slicker, remembering that it comes clean with a heavy-duty hosing.”
  • understand ‘it’s better to be in the arena, getting stomped on by the bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot.’
  • self-validate (don’t rely on others to build confidence).
  • recognize limitations.  Bring in the pros when needed and respect the role they play.

“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. He said, ‘I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’  That’s a pro.”

Your turn:  What aspects of turning pro are you working on?

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100 Face Challenge – Meet El Morya

I’m very much in love with El Morya.  In fact, what I find fascinating about the creative process is that it always feels a bit daunting in the beginning but as a piece starts to develop, change and morph into something, a fondness for the finished painting shows up that always surprises me.  I find myself getting pretty attached to each of my finished faces.

It will be interesting to see how I feel someday when I decide to sell the originals.  Will it feel like I’m giving a little piece of myself away each time?  Or will I be ready to release them as I move on to different projects?  Time will tell.

The angel El Morya can help with decision-making, faith, grounding yourself and protection (Aschangels & Ascended Masters, Doreen Virtue).

El.Morya

Prints of El Morya and other goodies can be found here.

Your Turn:  How do you feel at the start and at the finish of a project?

The Power of Resistance

I’m currently reading “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne.  Have you read it?  If not, I would highly recommend it, especially if you have artistic aspirations in any way, shape or form.  However, if you are to deep in a wish list of books you have yet to read or your Goodreads list is getting out of control, I’ll share some aspects of the book that resonate with me over my next couple of blog posts.

Have you ever taken some time to think about how ‘resistance’ plays a role in your life?  Steven Pressfield sure has and it’s fascinating stuff.  He explains that anytime we pursue long-term change, the forces of resistance will fight against it.  Long-term change can include such things as pursuing a creative art (writing, painting, music, dance), launching an entrepreneurial venture, a new health regimen, spiritual advancement, a program designed to overcome an unwanted habit or addiction, etc.  Any goal that strives to fulfill our higher nature instead of our lower nature (immediate gratification) will elicit resistance for everyone, every time.  There’s absolutely no way of getting around it, you have to expect to work through it.

Rule of thumb:  “The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

Reflecting on some of the ways that resistance shows up in my own life…..impatience (wanting to start and finish a painting all in one sitting.  I’m resistance about really taking the time to develop my skills), Pinterest (spending time looking at other people’s artwork when I could be in the studio working on my own), shopping for more art supplies (vs. spending that shopping time doing the work….I’ve gotten a bit better about this as of late), and of course, some of the classic ways resistance shows up in many of our lives…..healthy eating (vs. what’s quick and yummy) and exercising (vs. doing just about anything else….lol).

Your turn…..how is resistance showing up in your life right now?  What excuses are you making?  What rational, well-thought out reasons do you tell yourself and others to explain why you’re not doing “the work”?  What are you afraid of?  What’s keeping you from moving forward?

Resistance is not your friend.  It’s a force of nature that wants you to fail.  Will you let it?

Next time:  Combating Resistance: Turning Pro

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