Change

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Change is a funny little thing! Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not so good. There are subtle changes that come along with nature such as the changes our bodies go through. It seems like with every 10 years of age there comes some sort of physical change that my body has gone through, which usually hasn’t been something to brag about.

On the other hand, when I stopped working for somebody else and decided to make art full-time, that was a sudden change, and it was a fabulous change.

Changes come in all sizes. There a little bitty changes that are so subtle you hardly notice them. Then there are those gigantic changes that totally rock your world.

A lot of times you don’t see change coming until it is completely finished and you find yourself on the other side, wondering when and how the heck that changed happened. Then there are those times when you can actually see the change coming. You know it is coming and you either brace yourself to ride through the change or you start preparing to fight the impending battle that is about to pursue.

All this week I have been hearing this pesky little word ringing through my head. That word is “change”. At first I thought I kept hearing that little inner voice of mine telling me the word “change” because Tim and I are getting ready to move. I know we are getting ready to change not only the residence where we live, but the town we live in. To me that is change. It is a change that I am all too familiar with since we move at least once a year (if not more). So I thought that was the change that was coming and just dismissed the word.

However, the more I tried to dismiss the word, THINKING that I knew what it meant, the word only got stronger and louder. I found myself writing the word on a piece of paper trying to figure out what it was trying to tell me. Then I found myself drawing the word. This word was driving me crazy and I just could not figure it out.

Then I finally figured it out. This little voice was telling me to change my art. Change my art? Are you kidding me? What in the world am I supposed to change my art too? I had a million questions and once again, all I could hear is “change”.

So, here I am. I know that my art is getting ready to change, yet I don’t have a clue about “how” it is going to change or “what” it is going to change into, I just know it is going to change. On one hand it is scary… very scary. Yet on the other hand I am really very excited. I don’t know if exhilarated fear is an actual term or not, but that is probably the best way that I can describe this feeling.

I know that for a while I am going to get to be like a mad scientist, or in my case I will be a mad artist. I am going to get to play, explore and experiment with new mediums and methods. I don’t know exactly what those are going to be right now, but I am really excited to find out.

I don’t know if these changes are going to be really big, making my art totally different from what it is now, or if the changes are going to be so subtle that nobody notices but me. I guess we will find out. However, I do know that there will be some things about my art that will not change. Those things are why I make art. (I will be sharing those non-negotiable changes in future post.)

But for now, I am embracing this change with the total excitement and the same anticipation as that of a small child on Christmas morning, anxious to see what I am going to find when I unwrap that beautiful package.

Over the coming days, weeks and maybe even months as I go through this process I will be updating this blog on a frequent basis. I will be doing this mainly as a process of journaling for myself. However, I welcome you to join me on this journey.

I would love to hear your comments (either in the form of encouragement or advice), but due to an enormous number of spammers I have had to turn off the comments here. However, please feel free to comment over on my Facebook page.

I am excited to share this adventure with you and lets enjoy a great ride!

 

 

 

Anything Is Possible

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Merriam-Webster defines the work Possibility as:   a chance that something might exist, happen, or be true.  The state or fact of being possible.  Something that might be done or might happen.  Abilities or qualities that could make someone or something better in the future.

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We have all had many possibilities or chances in our lives. This could be things that we want to do or things that we want to be. Yet, how many times did we let that possibility or chance just slip away from us only to have it never return again. How many times have we regretted missing an possibility or opportunity? Why did we miss that possibility?

"Anything is Possible" by Debi Payne Designs.

“Anything is Possible” by Debi Payne Designs.

Chances are the reason we let a possibility slip by us was simply because we were just too scared to reach out and grab it. Sometimes possibilities only come by once in our lives. When they do they may look a little scary, but that’s only an appearance. Next time a possibility comes along, and it looks a little scary, look your fear straight in the face and let it know that it isn’t going to keep you from this possibility this time. This time, reach out and grab the possibility! Don’t let fear keep you from all the good things that are meant for you!

 

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Obstacles Are Frightful Things!

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We all have things that we are afraid of!  Probably one of the silliest things I am afraid of is a new art journal.  I love buying pretty blank art journals with good quality paper.  I will buy the journal and take it home.  Once I get home I hold and look at the journal with great admiration.  I think about all the pretty art that I want to do in this beautiful new journal.

Sometimes the journal will sit around for days, and sometimes even weeks.  I want to start working in the journal, but then I stop and set it aside again.  I am just two afraid of messing it up.  I feel like my work want be worthy of this beautiful journal and beautiful paper.  I feel that if my work isn’t perfect it will scar the beautiful journal and paper and I will feel bad.  I know that for most people this sounds really silly.

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Some people have fears of spiders and snakes.  Spiders and snakes I can handle (with the exception of the occasional tarantella).  But this blank journal think has truly been an obstacle for me.

One day I finally came to the conclusion that this fear of working in a new, beautiful, blank journal was keeping me from creating the art that I wanted to create.

I finally came to the realization that “it is just paper”!  So what if I mess it up.  I can either tear the page out, or I can go get a new journal.  And what if I did mess it up?  I knew I wouldn’t die, and I knew that somebody I loved would die if I messed the page up.  I knew there weren’t any beautiful journal police watching me and waiting to take me to jail if I messed the page up.  So what did it matter!

This silly little fear is all that was holding me back.  Once I recognized this silly little fear as being the big obstacle keeping me from creating my art, I was able to get over it.  Now I still love getting a new journal, however creating the first page is a delight.  Once I have the first page finished I am so happy and I feel like there is nothing that can stop me!

"Obstacles Are Frightful" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Obstacles Are Frightful” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

So, what silly little fear do you have that is keeping you from reaching your goal?

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