Don’t Give Up!

Every project that I create is special to me, however from time to time I create a project that is really extra special to me. This is one of those very extra special projects that I am really excited about and proud of.

I have created many watercolor paintings with sayings that I have posted on Facebook and Instagram. For this project I wanted to take 50 of these paintings and put them into a book. I also wanted to tell a story about my life and my art career that pertained to the saying in the painting.

Cover & Open Book

Each painting is a full page image. On the opposing page is the story that I have written. Many of the stories are about experiences that I have gone through in starting my art career. Other stories are simple lessons that I have learned in my life.

My greatest hope is that through this book I could give other artist just starting their career hope and courage to push forward and make it happen.

Don't Give Up Book Cover

In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure about writing this book. However, as I got into writing the stories I found myself enjoying it so much as I relived the individual moments of my life.

I hope that those that read the book enjoy the stories. My greatest hope is that at least one person finds a tiny spark of inspiration or motivation to keep them moving toward their own individual dream.

The book is available on Amazon. To see the book, click here.





Just a Few More Quotes and Sayings

I have just a few more quotes and sayings that will get me caught up.

"Love Yourself" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Love Yourself” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

This doesn’t mean that you can’t put God or your family before yourself.  And it isn’t saying that you can’t love God or your children more than yourself.  This is very simply saying that if you don’t know HOW to love yourself, you can’t really love somebody else.

"Life of Possibilities" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Life of Possibilities” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Life is so full of possibilities!  I don’t know about you, but when I think of all the possibilities that are out there for me, I get as excited as a little kid in a swimming pool on a hot summer day!

"Hidden Blessings" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Hidden Blessings” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Some days I know it may feel like blessings are playing a game of hide-and-seek with you.  But trust me, they are there.  Some days you just have to look a little bit harder to find them.

"Everything Happens" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Everything Happens” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Everything really does happen for a reason, both good and bad.  It is always easy to say “Thank You” for the good things that happen.  We all need to learn to say “Thank You” more for the bad things that happen, because the bad things happen for a reason just as much as the good things.




More Quotes & Sayings

Here are a few more quotes and saying that I have gotten behind in posting.

"Be Open To Whatever" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Be Open To Whatever” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If you don’t keep yourself more open to whatever comes your way, you very well be missing some amazing opportunities.

"One Day At A Time" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“One Day At A Time” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometime people spend so much time looking at the future that they are missing the opportunities that are happening for them today.  When actually it is the opportunities that you see in this day that will take you to the future that you are wanting.

"Wish Dream Do" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Wish Dream Do” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

For anything that you want or want to do, you must first see it in your mind before you can have it in reality.

"Make Wrong Right" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Make Wrong Right” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If there is something in your life that doesn’t feel right to you, you are the only one that can change it.  If you are waiting for somebody else to make things right for you, you may be waiting for a really long time!  Only you can make the wrong things right.

"Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometimes we all get so wrapped up in our own thoughts, and we sometimes seem to overthink things to death.  Perhaps if we could learn to take things a little lighter and even learn to laugh at ourselves more, we just might find ourselves happier and much more at ease.




Quotes & Saying

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to try to get caught up with the quotes and sayings that I have fallen behind in posting.

"Say Less Mean More" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Say Less Mean More” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Let your actions back up what you say!  People should know exactly what you stand for and what you believe by what you do, not what you say!

"The Sky Is The Limit" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs.

“The Sky Is The Limit” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs.

No matter what you want, the sky really is the limit.  Anything short of that is a limit that is set only by yourself.

"Tropical Beach" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Tropical Beach” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little sunshine in your day… even if you have to make it yourself!

"Your Comfort Zone" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Your Comfort Zone” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If you are feeling all nice, cozy and comfortable, that is because you aren’t really living!  Get out of your comfort zone and see what great things that start to happen.

"Believe In Yourself" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Believe In Yourself” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

You must believe in yourself.  If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anybody else to believe in you?



It’s Not A Gingerbread Man

Holly Closeup

The other day I sat down with every intention of drawing a gingerbread man.

Flame Closeup

I made several attempts at drawing a gingerbread man.  Each time something was off.  Either the head didn’t look right or the body was off.  After filling the page with failed attempts of drawing a gingerbread man, I decided to turn to a fresh page and try one more time.

Holly and Candles Full - Angle

This time I decided to just let my hand flow.  Before I knew it I had Christmas candles with holly leaves and berries.  Not anywhere close to a gingerbread man.

Holly & Candles

Sometimes you just have to tell your head to shut-up and let your heart direct your hand.  When you create art from the heart and not from your head, it is effortless and multiple attempts are never needed.

Materials used:  watercolor paper, Tombow markers, Micron pens .01 and .08, Dewent Inktense pencils

Step Out of the Forest

"Step Out Of The Forest" by Debi Payne

“Step Out Of The Forest” by Debi Payne

When I am working on a piece of art, I am usually sitting really close to it, and I get drawn into the drawing as I am working on tedious and tiny details that are only inches away from my eyes.  I love the feeling of being so drawn into a piece of art that I only see the tiny line that I am working on at the time.  However, when I spend too much time working on just one tiny detail I start to lose focus of the overall drawing.  When that happens I back away from the drawing and look at it from a distance.  Once I am able to look at the entire picture, I am then able to figure out which direction the line needs to go or what I need to do to make the drawing better.  Once I have determined what I need to do, I then go back to working on the detail up close again.  When I am working on a drawing I may do this a hundred times.

Although this is a basic lesson that all artist learn, this is a very good lesson that we all should apply to our lives.  When you are in a situation and something just isn’t flowing or working out, do you keep struggling with it to make it work, or do you take a step back and look at the whole picture to figure out which direction you need to go in next?

So often we all get so hung up on little details that we lose sight of the overall situation.  If we could be like an artist and learn to pull back and survey the entire situation, we might spend less time spinning our wheels and going in circles, and our problems could be solved in a straighter path and in less time.

If you need a little something to remind you to back away from a problem so you can see the whole picture to help you determine what you need to do next, just click here to see products with this drawing.  Happy shopping!

A Real Dreamer

"A Real Dreamer" by Debi Payne

“A Real Dreamer” by Debi Payne

Dreams are the stuff that reality is made from.  Everything important in our lives has started with a dream.  At an early age we all instinctively dream of something, however, when we are little we don’t call it dreaming.  We call it make-believe.  As we grow into adults, we lose our great natural ability to play make-believe and we just “talk” about our dreams.  If you just talk about a dream, it is really nothing more than just a wish.  Wishes and dreams are two very different things.

Over the years, I have put in tremendous effort toward making all my dreams come true.  I have learned that if you just say that you want something, that isn’t a dream.  That is a wish, and wishes are like dead leaves in a forest – they are everywhere, but they don’t do much.  On the other hand, a dream is something that you think about all the time.  If you can see it in your mind, and feel it in your heart, then it is a dream.

There were years when I dreamed of being an established artist.  I would create art in my studio and then whine and cry because nobody came along and bought my art.  Nobody came along and just magically “discovered” me.  That was probably the toughest lesson that I had to learn.  Nobody was going to just come along and magically discover me.  It was up to me to put myself out there so people could see my art and buy my art.  I did it!  It was up to me to contact those galleries and get my art in them, and I did it.  Nobody else was going to come along and do that for me.  It was up to me to do those things for myself.  I had to study and learn how the art business works, and I had to do all those things myself!  Every day I had to pull myself up by my bootstraps and I had to do it myself.  That is exactly what everybody has to do, no matter what their dream is.  And this is the thing that separates the dreamers from the wishers.

A dream is something that you have to have.  Not having what you dream of isn’t an option.  You will work day and night to have it, and you let nothing stand between you and your dream.  Wishes come from and are held in one’s mind.  Dreams come from and are held in one’s heart.  Dreams have drive and determination.  It is this drive and determination that keeps you moving toward making that dream a reality.

At a very early age I dreamt of one day being an artist.  That dream has been with me for my entire life, and that is still my dream today.  Although I am an artist and I work at it every day, my dream is to become the best artist that I can be, and that has become a life long journey.  So many people think that if they don’t have their dream within a set amount of time, (which is usually less than 30 days and sometimes 30 minutes) then they give up.  Turns out, their dream was just a wish.

What is your dream?  Do you feel it deep in your heart and soul?  What excuses are you using to keep you from your dream?  Just click here for inspiration on making your dreams come true.

The Power of The Doodle

"Traffic Jam" by Debi Payne

“Traffic Jam” by Debi Payne

We have all been stuck in a traffic jam at one time or another.  And we have all experienced the boredom and the frustration of going nowhere while being stuck in that traffic jam.  Being an artist, it seems as though I frequently run into creative traffic jams in my mind where I am stuck and I seem to be going nowhere.  As boring and frustrating as creative traffic jams seem to be, I know that if I just relax and try to think of something else the creative traffic jams soon goes as away and once again I am back in the flow of having fun and creating something new.

 Many times when I can’t think of something to draw, I just start to doodle.  It is amazing how many really neat drawings I have created which have come simply by sitting and doodling.  If I were to consider myself a master at anything, I guess I would have to consider myself a Doodle Master.

 I suppose most people would consider doodling a waste of time, however for me it is very therapeutic.  First off, it keeps my hands moving, (which they have to do all the time).  But more importantly, as I doodle, it seems to erase all the garbage that I have in my head at the moment.  Once I begin to erase the garbage in my mind it seems to clear a path for new ideas.

 There is nothing special about my doodles.  I doodle like anybody else would doodle.  I draw squiggly lines.  I draw straight lines.  I draw basic geometric shapes.  I draw anything that pops into my head.  The point is, to just keep the pencil moving.  I keep doodling until something on the paper seems to take shape or form.

 If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then a doodle a day keeps you mind at play!