I realize this might verge on giving away the ending of a book, but I am going to risk it and share with you the list of “friendly reminders” I offer on the final day of my online course. I hope you find these reminders helpful, and if they leave you craving more elaboration, my next online course starts in one month. I would love for you to join me on the adventure!
I also want to share with you a few of my latest paintings in progress. I can honestly say I’ve been taking a lot of my own advise these days—remembering to trust, let go, experiment, play, explore new territory and push my boundaries. It feels like a breath of fresh air to continue re-inventing my style in this way—one of the many beautiful things about being an artist!
Hope you had a great weekend…
<<<<< REMEMBER >>>>>
You are an artist. You were born to create. Your paintings are already inside you waiting to be born through you. SET THEM FREE.
There are no mistakes. Anything can be transformed at any moment.
Be PATIENT as your paintings emerge. Don’t rush the process.
Be witness to your thoughts, actions, and patterns.
Witnessing creates space for transformation.
YOUR THOUGHTS CREATE YOUR LIFE. Choose your thoughts wisely.
Be gentle on yourself (and others).
LET GO of preconceived ideas. Having expectations will only get in your way.
BE OPEN to all possibilities…all the time.
Listen to your intuition. Go with your gut. TRUST YOURSELF completely.
Be a brave explorer. Embrace the process of discovery along the way.
You don’t need to know what will happen next. In fact, it’s better if you don’t.
Respond to what is happening in the present moment. It’s all a conversation.
Be spontaneous. IMPROVISE!
Ask yourself, “What is working?” and “What do I enjoy doing?”
‘What is working’ is your entry point. Every moment is a new starting point.
There comes a time when you need to commit to something, anything. Commit to NOW.
Make bold commitments + follow through. You can always change your mind.
Keep your brush moving. Follow your heart. You know what to do.
Don’t be afraid to go overboard. You can simplify at any time.
This is not a linear process from chaos to order. SPIRAL in and out instead.
BE FLEXIBLE. Be open to the unexpected. Surprise yourself.
If you don’t like your painting, you have nothing to loose. Be bold!
Remember to do things that scare you or feel “crazy.” Be brave!
Step out of your comfort zone…again and again and again.
Allow your process to be SEEN. Let go of “perfection.”
Embrace your vulnerability. This is YOU at your most raw and real. It is a gift.
Loosen up, have fun, be playful. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
The process is much more important than the product.
Getting “stuck” is part of the process + often leads to great breakthroughs.
Don’t indulge in your stuck-ness. Move on through to the other side.
Allow yourself to focus on what is working. Accept what IS and keep painting.
Changing courses many times makes for interesting paintings in the end.
Your most valuable techniques are what come most naturally to you.
Only YOU can paint like you. Your heartfelt creations are a gift to the world.