Chapter 33 – When Your Cup Overflows

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 33 – “Whenever Your Cup Overflows”.

Image:  When your cup overflows

My inspiration for this painting came from the poem, “Drinking From My Saucer” by John Paul Moore.

This is a beautiful poem which I highly recommend for everyone to read.

The poet talks about realizing and seeing all the blessings that we have been bestowed as though they have filled the cup and runs over into the saucer.

This is my personal reminder to always count my blessing and feel gratitude for everything that I have and will receive.

 

Drinking From My Saucer

by:  John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune and it’s probably too late now,

But I don’t worry about that much ’cause I’m happy anyhow.

And as I go along life’s way I’m reaping better than I sow,

I’m drinking from my saucer ’cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches and sometimes the going’s tough,

But I’ve got loving ones around me and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings and the mercies He’s bestowed,

I’m drinking from my saucer ’cause my cup has overflowed.

Oh, remember times when things went wrong my faith wore somewhat thin,

But all at once the dark clouds broke and sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe about the tough rows that I’ve hoed,

I’m drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage when the way grows steep and rough,

I’ll not ask for other blessings ’cause I’m already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy to help others bear their loads,

Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer ’cause my cup has overflowed.

 

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Chapter 32 – Attitude is the Difference

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 32 – “Attitude is the Difference”.

Image: Attitude is the Difference

Many years ago when I was moving from Texas to Arkansas to be with Tim, my youngest son, Bryan had flown in from California to help me pack and move.

On moving day, we had picked up the U-Haul and were waiting for the movers to come load it.  When the movers arrived they said the truck wasn’t big enough and I would need to get a bigger one.

I immediately started stressing and scrambling to find another truck.  Amidst my stressing, scrambling and confusion, Bryan said, “well it looks like the adventure has begun”.

His words stopped me dead in my tracks. I quickly began to re-evaluate my situation.  Suddenly my stress and confusion totally changed.  What seemed to be an ordeal suddenly turned into a game of fun and laugher and wondering “what next”.

I learned that adventures are much more fun than ordeals and it is all in how you look at it that makes the difference.

 

 

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Chapter 31 – You Must Believe In Yourself

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 31: “You Must Believe In Yourself”.

 Image: You Must Believe in Yourself

 

I know this is true for artists, but I also think it is true for everybody else in any other occupation.  You really must believe in yourself!

There was a time when I had very little confidence, not only in my art but in myself in general.  I questioned everything that I did and said on a daily basis.  I think the turning point came for me when I finally decided to stop listening to people’s opinions and actually start forming my own opinions.

I found that once I became strong in my opinions, other people suddenly backed off of their opinions or their opinions became more like mine.

Once I started forming my own opinions and listening to myself instead of others, it was amazing how much faster my confidence grew.  Then it became easy to believe in myself.

 

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Chapter 30 – Leave A Little Sparkle

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 30 – Leave A Little Sparkle.

Image: Leave a Little Sparkle

One day I met the sweetest woman.  Her name was Hazel.  Hazel was 89 years old.  She was a very tiny woman that stood maybe 4-feet tall.  Her mind was as sharp as a tack and she remembered everything.

Hazel didn’t really have a “walk”.  Her “walk” was more like a “skip”.  Never once did I see Hazel when she wasn’t smiling.

Hazel would see me drive up and she would come down the street in her cute little skipping way to see me as if she hadn’t seen me in years.  When she finally reached me she would be beaming from ear to ear and say, “I just wanted to come say hi and give you a hug”.

Hazel truly left a little sparkle wherever she went.  I wish there were more Hazels in the world today.

 

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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.

Image:  Tropical Sun

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”. 

Image: It's Not About Being The Best

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.

Image:  Nine loving hearts

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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