This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga and book reviews. This is a lifestyle blog with intentional and simple living ideas.
I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.
Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.
With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.
Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.
Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.
Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.
Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.
I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.
pick something you want to do, Here is my creative formula: “what would I love to create?”
being an artist who sells art:
imagination: going into the art studio. I can smell the turpentine, paint and hear the brushes on the canvas.
Feelings/intuition: excitement, overjoyed, “in my element”
story: If I make more time to be in the studio, then I can creative more art and can be creative daily.
Actions/results: Finished canvases, more to paint and enjoying the outcome of how my life can change.
Why do we need a creative formula? Because it helps with our dreams. It helps with a plan to make dreams be part of our life (steps to make it happen. And it can help us when we are stuck. it can provide a way to see how we might be sabotaging our dreams.
He explains with this formula, the progress and reality of the dreams happening the action, the resources and people to help and strategies will appear. All because you kept focus on the creative process.
He includes a personal discovery assessment in the book. He writes that writing in a journal daily along with meditation and relaxation and the personal discovery assessment can increase clarity to bring your dreams into reality.
Chapter 8 is a review and recap of the book. It reminds us of what we read about what if…?, socialization, the creative formula and living the life that is nature to you.
I will be taking time to do the personal discovery assessment on my own.
This book was insightful and I can see myself going through it again, taking time to do the exercises and continuing to write daily in a journal.
If you ever find yourself unsure of your creativity and intuition, read this book.
I spent the early part of the morning relaxing. The studio is cool right now. So I decided to work on painting to distract my mind from some worry thoughts. Later today I’ll be cross stitching.
I’m enjoying painting these little flower paintings. I might continue flower paintings for another month. Also I am planning to read the Creative Cure book by Jacob Nordby this week and post some updates on it.
As I sit under many blankets plus the weighted blanket, coloring is calling me.
I grabbed some of my bookmarks and gel pens and headed to relax my legs.
It’s another night of my legs feeling swollen and achy. That’s what happens with rheumatoid arthritis and edema.
I must confess, I have been eating too much sugar and not enough fruits. Tomorrow back to my strict eating. (Gluten free dairy free and soy free, eliminate sugar.) And I need to buy melon as it helps to release fluid in my body.
It’s been productive tonight in the studio. My mind was clear and I felt awake. This is the best I felt in a long time. I believe it’s because I went outside in the country and had a relaxing time at my dad’s house. I also think doing yoga daily has been helpful to manage my emotions.
More canvases was prepared. And I’m feeling confident about painting. I’m thinking the book by Jacob Nordby, the creative cure is also improving my intuition and creativity.