Chapter 29 – Tropical Sun

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 29: Tropical Sun.

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Sometimes it is nice being able to sit and enjoy nature with no words.

 

 

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Chapter 28 – Go Forth… Make It Happen

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 28 – Go Forth… and Make it Happen. 

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I spent years thinking and dreaming about what I wanted.  I had journals full of writings about what I wanted.  I had lists and I had spreadsheets.  I had mind maps and I had graphs.  I knew exactly everything I wanted down to the smallest detail.

Even with all of that, the only thing I didn’t have was the physical thing that I wanted.

One day I finally realized that it was time to stop thinking about it and planning how I was going to get it and just start making it happen.

Sounds pretty simple, I know.  But I see people everyday stuck in that same cycle.

If you want something, stop waiting for the perfect conditions and just get busy working for it.  Eventually you will make it happen.

 

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Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

 

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 5: Fight For What You Love. 

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When I was at the point of taking my art career to the professional level, everything became so important to me.  Everything had to be perfect.  After all, I was a professional now and there was no room for mistakes.  Everything seemed to feel like a life or death situation both in my artwork and in my business transactions.  That nearly ended my career!

Tim was always encouraging me to “just go and play.”  I could not relate to “play” because I was too busy trying to be “serious”.

Once I finally gave myself permission to “play” I was amazed at not only how much more I enjoyed my art, but how much better it got.  The difference was like night and day.

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It’s Not About Being The Best

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 27 – “It’s Not About Being The Best”. 

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I think that every artist in the world understands this.  Yet again, this is another lesson that took me way too long to learn.

As I would look at other artists work, I would always immediately compare my art to theirs.  I was always saying that I wish my art was as good as theirs.

Most of the time it was a different genre and/or a different medium which was actually like comparing apples to asparagus.  I was constantly running in a never-ending circle to be like every artist I ever saw and liked.

Tim was always telling me, “don’t do so-n-so… do Debi”.  I guess it finally sunk in because now I strive to be a better Debi which allows me to enjoy other artists works for what it is and that has nothing to do with my art.

 

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12 Doodle Days of Christmas

This year for Christmas I thought it would be fun to create my own version of the classic “12 Days of Christmas“. With that in mind, this year I created the “12 Doodle Days of Christmas” of which I have been posting a new day everyday on Facebook and Instagram. If you have missed it, here is the entire “12 Doodle Days of Christmas” for you to enjoy! Hopefully by the end you will find yourself singing along!

Image:  A Paisley on a Teapot

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Two whimsical butterflies

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me, two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  three ladybugs

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Four Doodle Flowers

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Five Swirling Vines

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Six Hooting Owls

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Seven Swimming Fish

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Eight flying birds

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eight birds a flying,

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

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On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying,

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Ten dancing leaves

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, ten leaves a dancing,

nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Whimsical Birdhouses

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eleven birdhouses,

ten leaves a dancing,

nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image: Whimsical Ornaments

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, twelve ornaments dangling,

eleven birdhouses,

ten leaves a dancing,

nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas!

Merry Christmas With love,

Debi

 

 

Be Open To What Comes Next

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 25: Be Open To What Comes Next. 

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I am a very fortunate person in that I have always known what I wanted to be.  I knew everything down to the smallest detail.  If something didn’t fit into my exact plan, I would reject it.

It took me many years of not having what I wanted to figure this one out.

What I learned was there is “more than one way to skin a cat”.  I also learned that if I would be open to other pathways rather than an “exact” way of getting what I wanted, then not only would I get what I wanted, but it would usually turn out better than I planned.

Now I find it fun running across new paths or ideas, following them just to see where they end up.

Granted, it doesn’t always turn out great, but more times than not, it does.

 

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A Grateful Heart Is A Happy Heart

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 24: “A Grateful Heart Is A Happy Heart”.

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One day when my oldest son, Eddie, was about 7 or 8 years old, something had made him really angry.  He was screaming, crying and really throwing a fit.  I was trying my best to calm him down.  Nothing was working!

All of the sudden out of nowhere he shouted, “I am so angry I can’t even count my blessings!”

Where that came from, I have no earthly idea, but it left me in total shock!  He could see the shock in my face and for a moment we both stood there in shock and silence.

Then, I couldn’t help myself and I started laughing. This in turn caused Eddie to start laughing.  After we had a good laugh, I said, “well then, I guess we need to get busy counting”, and we did.

This taught me a great lesson and now when I get angry or upset, I just start counting my blessings and all the other stuff goes away.

 

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Wish It, Dream It, Do It

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 23: “Wish It, Dream It, Do it”. 

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This is what I call the 3-part recipe for success!

I am great at wishing.  One of the things I think about when I am having trouble falling asleep is that I have my very own personal Genie.  (Of course, my Genie comes with unlimited wishes!)  I start listing my wishes and I list as many as I can. When I find something on my ‘wish list’ that I really want, then I start to dream about it.  I picture myself with whatever it is.

After I have dreamed about it by picturing it clearly in my mind, then I visualize what it would feel like to have it. Then I set out to make it happen.

And does it really happen?  Sometimes yes… sometimes no.  But do I ever stop trying?   Absolutely NOT!!!

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Your Value

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 22: Your Value.

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We learn at a very early age how to criticize and belittle people.  Look at young children in school.  They are quick to judge and tell another child what they are.  These can range from the typical, ‘you’re stupid’ label to a more creative ‘booger-head’ label.

Unfortunately, we have all heard these labels, and worse than that we actually believe them.  Seeing children do this is sad, but what is even sadder is when adults do it.  Then the real tragedy is when we believe what somebody else has labeled us.

For years people would tell me that art was suppose to be a hobby, not a career.  Unfortunately, for years I believed them.  Then one day I finally realized that art could be more than just a hobby.  It took me a long time, but eventually I had to come to a place in my own mind where what other people said didn’t matter to me.  Now that didn’t stop them from saying anything, I just didn’t let what they said influence me.

Eventually, after enough years of me not caring what they said, they slowly grew tired of saying anything and stopped.

 

 

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The Sky Is The Limit

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 21: The Sky Is The Limit.

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We live in a world of limitations!  We have words that we can’t say because of political correctness.  We have speed limits.  We have restricted areas.  We are surrounded by laws and rules that are created to confine us.  The worst restrictions are those that we impose on ourselves.

In this world of restrictions I have two places where restrictions are not allowed and the sky is truly the limit.  One place is my studio where I create my art.  In this room I can do whatever I want.  I can play and experiment and create art with no rules or restrictions.

The second place where I do not allow restrictions is in my dreams.  In my dreams there are definitely no restrictions!  In my dreams I can be, I can do, or I can have absolutely anything I want.  It always feels so amazing!

I highly recommend everyone to find a place where they have no restrictions or limitations… even if it is only in their mind for a little while.

 

 

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