Follow Your Heart

I would often hear people say “Follow Your Heart”, but this I would think, what the heck does that mean?   I struggled with this for a while until I finally figured out what it means to me. Turns out it is pretty simple. First have to stop listening to what other people are telling me to do. That is first and foremost! Then I just have to sit quietly and calmly think about the situation. That is when my mind starts to work out the solution. I think this is when my heart is actually talking to my brain.

Some people call these thoughts “whispers”. It is this small faint voice of your heart talking to your brain telling you what to do. If you can listen to these whispers you life will become much easier. If you don’t the whispers become louder until they turn into screams. To me, that is not pleasant and I really do try to avoid the screams when I can.

When I don’t know what to do about something or which direction to go, I always try to follow my heart. I know it will never let me down.

Image: Bless Doodle FlowerBlessed Doodle Flower

“Blessed” is a collection of long stem tulip style doodle flowers. In Debi Payne Designs Zazzle store I have a variety of products with a pink watercolor background that you can personalize with your name or any text you choose. To see the products click on the Debi Payne Designs banner below.

Image: Blessed Positive Thought

In my Inspiration Station Zazzle store I have used the same doodle flower along with a mixed media background. I have added the motivational saying, “Your heart will always lead you in the right direction.” If you like this design, select a product that you use often so it can serve you as a reminder to always follow your heart.

To shop for products in these collection, click on the collection banner below:

Image: Blessed Watercolor Collection

Image: Blessed Positive Thought Collection Banner

I hope you will always remember to follow your heart!

Until we meet again…

Debi

 

Never Give Up On Yourself

We have all been at the end of our rope at one time or another. Sometimes a situation seems to be so big we just deal with it. Our first instinct is just to give up. We have all been there at one time or another. There is usually someone standing there tell is to “never give up on yourself”. I don’t know about you, but my first thought is usually, “oh shut up!” We have all been there and I can’t count how many times I have been there with my art.

Over the years I have learned a couple of things that have helped me to get through these times. One thing that I do is I try to find a different angle to look at the situation from. In the beginning it may seem overwhelming and hopeless. But remember, everything, no matter how negative, always has something positive. Granted, sometimes it can be difficult to find the positive, but it is there. First start by changing to negative thoughts to positive thoughts.

If that doesn’t work, I think ask myself, “what am I suppose to learn from this?” We are all put on this earth to learn and grow. Life is nothing but a series of lesson that we are supposed to learn from. Unfortunately, some of those lessons come the hard way. So, when faced with a difficult situation what lesson can you learn from it?

Image Adorable Watercolor Doodle Flower

Don’t forget, in any difficult situation you can either change the way you look at it or you can learn something from it. But, please, never give up on yourself!

About Adorable Doodle Flower

I created “Adorable” several years ago and now I am happy to announce that I have created products with this designs. In my Debi Payne Designs Zazzle store I have a variety of products with a watercolor background that you can personalize and add your name or any text that you choose. To see the products click on the banner below.

Image: Adorable Doodle Flower with Mixed Media Background

If you are trying to build a positive environment and keep yourself motivated, I invite you to Inspiration Station on Zazzle where you can find products with the “Adorable” doodle flower over a mixed media background. Select a product that you will use every day so it can also serve you as a reminder to Never give up on yourself.

To shop for products in these collections, click on the collection banner below:

Image: Product Collection Banner for Inspriation StationImage: Product Collection

I hope you will always remember to NEVER give up on yourself!

Until we meet again…

Debi

 

 

 

 

 

Think Positive – Be Positive

How many times have you heard “Think Positive – Be Positive”? We have all heard it at one time or another. Yet, do you actually put it into practice? Granted, sometimes that is easier to say than to actually do. Yet for those that do, it is amazing the difference that it can make.

No matter what the situation, you can always find something good about it. Sometimes you have to look really hard to find it. But the good is always there! If you are fortunate enough to find that good, focus on that. When you are able to focus on the good part, it will become bigger than the no-so-good part.

If you don’t like a situation, change the way you look at it. There is always more than one way to look at any situation. If you choose a positive view, the situation will become positive. The choice is always yours!

Image: Bliss Doodle Flower - Be Positive - Think Positive

Remind yourself to Think Positive – Stay Positive

Image: Bliss Doodle Flower

I love all the products that I have created with this design! This is my doodle flower that I have named “Bliss”. Bliss Doodle Flower is an original painting created by Debi Payne Designs. Bliss features a single whimsical doodle flower with pretty large pink and orange flower petals and a large yellow center. In the center of the flower there are doodle accents. The flower is accented by two large leaves and a swirl stem at the top. The entire design is accented with multiple sketchy lines to give this hand drawn design a sketched effect.

Image: Bliss Doodle Flower with watercolor background

In Debi Payne Designs on Zazzle, Bliss is over a pink watercolor wash background. These products have been created so you can add your name. If you would like some other text, you may do so as well. To see all the products with this design, click here.

Image: Bliss doodle flower with text - "Think Positive Be Positive"

In Inspiration Station on Zazzle, Bliss is over a hand-painted mixed media background. These products have been created with the hand-lettered text “Think Positive Be Positive”. These products can be used as reminders to stay positive. Start building a positive environment by using products you use every day.

Image: Bliss - Debi Payne Designs Collection Banner

Image: Collection Banner for Bliss on Inspration Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To shop for products in these collection, click on the collection banners above.

I hope you will remember to Think Positive – Stay Positive.

Until we meet again…

Debi

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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?

 

 

Fight For Love

CloseUp#1There are things in life that you should fight for, and there are also things not really
worth fighting for.

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You should always choose these battles very carefully.

"Fight For Love" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Fight For Love” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

But above all, and without question or explanation… always fight for what you love!

 

 

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Already Different

Already Different - Detail Close Up #1I am often asked if my work is “hand” or if it is “digital”.  The short answer is… both.

Detail Close Up #2

My work always starts out by my drawing a design on a piece of paper so I can work out the layout and how I want it to look.

From there I either finish the piece by painting it with watercolor and calling it “finished”.  Or I take the layout drawing and scan it.  Once the piece is scanned in I re-draw it digitally using a Wacom tablet and pin, which keeps the drawing a “hand drawing”.

After I have redrawn the design I digitally paint the design.  I have many times been accused of using filters and gradients to add color.  Actually, I never use filters and gradients.  When I paint with watercolor  on paper I use a brush to paint with.  When I add color digitally, I use a tablet and pin/stylus.  In both cases, weather I am using a brush or a pin/stylus, my hand technique is the same.

"Already Different" by Debi Payne Designs

“Already Different” by Debi Payne Designs

For years I looked for a way to make my art style different from everybody else and truly unique to me.  One day I realized that the more I tried to make my art different, the more it was looking like everybody else.  That was when I realized that I didn’t have to try to be different… because I already was!

Since making that discovery, I have enjoyed my art more than ever before!

Embrace all the way that you are different and instead of trying to change them… embrace and enjoy them!!!

 

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Drinking From The Saucer

"When Your Cup Overflows" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“When Your Cup Overflows” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Drinking From The Saucer

by John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune,
And I’ll never make one now
But it really doesn’t matter
‘Cause I’m happy anyhow

As I go along my journey
I’m reaping better than I’ve sowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

I don’t have a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going’s tough
But with kin and friends to love me
I think I’m rich enough

I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I’ll not ask for other blessings for
I’m already blessed enough

May we never be too busy
To help bear another’s load
Then we’ll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed

 

May your day be so filled with abundant joy and blessings that you find yourself drinking from the saucer all day long!