On this rainy Saturday, it’s time to re-focus on the projects I am working on by using:
I am getting clearer as to the multiple directions in my life and how they actually all relate nicely to each other and feed each other into A LIFE OF ART. Each category needs full attention to come to fruition, but by relating them all to each other through imagery, connection and layout, I keep it simple.
To make the task more ME and to make me energized, I tend to collect images I love and draw them out.
For a visual learner and do-er like me, it’s the perfect way to stay on task and to have a check in and to ease anxiety.
Then I add notes and analyze and type out… It’s just SO MUCH MORE FUN doing it as a piece of art… Plus I practice drawing at the same time!
I keep all the boards and check in on all of them daily. Just a glance is enough to remind, to create inner dialogue, to stay on course, to trust.
On today’s re-done, transformed page, I used black and white china marker and red acrylic and was inspired by Daniel Clowes.
Afterwards, I was treated to a scrumptious dinner from Darcy Glip!
Recall my posts:
I am not interested in doing old school tattooing and classical tattooing. I will leave that to the extraordinary tattoo artists out there! It takes years of dedication and apprenticeship.
I am really into tattooing my own style though and preferably free hand.
So if you’re in the line to get a tattoo from me, please expect it to be in “my style!”
I ordered delicious SKIN MARKERS the other day from:
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Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. – Brené Brown
Struggling with the need to be perfect = my life.
How about you?
Write about your relationship with PERFECTIONISM.
Now give a gift to yourself by drawing something you simply feel like drawing. Just to relax. I get triggered by writing about perfectionism, worth etc. For me, I find comfort in copying from Lynda Barry and Daniel Clowes.
Now research someone in the arts who epitomizes vulnerabilty and the need to be perfect. Find some quotes by or about them.
I chose Diane Arbus.
By doing this (or any of my )exercise(s), you make yourself vulnerable.
FULLY EMBRACE VULNERABILITY!
I recommend this incredible 20 minute talk:
Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions:
How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness?
How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy?
Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and the upcoming Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011).
Daily Journal Workshop:
For links to Parts 1-25 go to: JOURNAL 1-25
Write about your thoughts on body image. Just stream of consciousness. Any negative events that affected your views? Positive events? Where are you now?
Found this online:
Glue an image of a favorite person onto a page (just glue three sides), write a positive message to yourself and tuck it behind the image.
Collage or draw a mediation on your body image attitude.
Inspired by Daniel Clowes
Daily Journal Workshop:
I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It’s kind of a fine line. – Daniel Clowes