Week 30 – 365 Days of Art Challenge

29 Jul

Week 30 of the 365 days of art challenge is done. Yippee!

Here is this week’s inchies & twinches & tweenchies. I was limited a couple of days to what was in reach of my chair as I fell and hurt my knee so stairs were difficult to do, and my home studio is in the basement. Of course, part of the challenge is making do with what you might have available no matter where you are,  and still doing the work even when you are hurt or sick or traveling or uninspired or whatever.

I did another flower sketch. But it was done on one of the days of pain, so I didn’t spend much time on it.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

What challenges have you encountered on your journey?

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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100 days to 100% – Day 70

28 Jul

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100 days to 100% day 70! Amazing! Did you think you would stick with it this long? Did you think I would stick with it? :)

One thing about committing to a challenge, especially on a public forum like this, is that it makes it easier to follow through with it. I find that if I can have somebody do something with me or hold me accountable somehow, then I am more likely to do it. I think most of us are.

Sure, that self-motivation and personal journey stuff works. I’ve done it myself with good results.  I know for a lot of people that works best.  I also know that sometimes it is nice to have somebody along for the ride! Do you like the public accountability? Or would you rather nobody knew you were doing it? Do you have a workout buddy? Or do you go it alone? Have you convinced your family that this is a fabulous idea? Or did you even share with them what you were doing?

I hope by now you have let go of the guilt of taking care of yourself. 30 days to go! Woo hoo!

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Book Club – The War of Art

27 Jul

We read “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield for book club this month. I had read this book several years ago and found it quite interesting, and was anxious to re-read it. While the general idea of the book remained in my head, I had forgotten a lot of details about it.

The War of  Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The book is broken down into 3 sections: Resistance – Combating Resistance – Beyond Resistance. Do you see a theme here? It is all about resistance.

Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet.

After reading this book, I will have to agree with that statement. Resistance is the enemy to all types of creativity and entrepeneurial dreams and all self-empowering and self-improvement activities. Pretty much anything that is about art, creativity, long-term growth and benefits, health, and integrity. Those are the targets of Resistance. All the stuff that is good for you!

And Resistance is sneaky. It takes many many many forms. Resistance always seems to make sense.  And just when you have figured out how to battle a particular form of Resistance, it decides to sneak in and do something new to create Resistance. Aagghh! You have to remain ever vigilant.

Some examples of Resistance at work. Do you see yourself in any of these?

  • procrastination
  • non-supportive family
  • drama
  • self-medicating
  • blaming
  • self-doubt
  • self-criticism
  • rationalization
  • fear

There are more examples in the book, which really does explain how we let these things take control of us. And when that happens, we let our dreams fall by the wayside.

We need to Combat Resistance!!!! Some ideas of combat from the book are:

  • turn pro (there is a world of difference between a pro and a amateur)
  • show up and do the work
  • do it for love  (even though the money is important)
  • be patient
  • accept mistakes as part of the game
  • be orderly
  • don’t make excuses
  • face your fears

Doing what you know in your heart is important does not come easy.  But do it anyway!

Going Beyond Resistance is the final part of the equation.  Pressfield talks about the ‘higher realm’. A belief system – in God or Goddess, in Angels, in Muses, in Dreams, in the Universe. Whatever you believe, it is there for you to use. Tap into it and accept it and let it work through you.

Use your gifts, your passions, your love and give back to the world.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention…..It’s a gift to the world and every being in it…..Give us what you’ve got.

This is one of those books that you should re-read from time to time. Not only does your life perspective and creative endeavors change, but your paths of Resistance change as well. You can’t Combat them if you don’t recognize them. I know I recognize several of them working on me, so I am off to Combat them and move forward with sharing my gifts with the world.

Next month’s book is “The Trickster’s Hat” by Nick Bantock. A mischievous apprenticeship in creativity. Now that should be fun!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, Co 80918

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Week 29 – 365 Days of Art challenge

22 Jul

Week 29! Are you getting tired of seeing these posts yet? :)

Another random assortment of inchies & twinchies & tweenchies. We hit day 200 this week. Woo hoo!

And a sketch of a lily. I have lilies blooming at my house right now, so thought I would try to draw one. I love the colors of lilies. I just did the flower, not the leaves. I used the Inktense pencils and just added a few pen marks as well. I couldn’t quite get the curve of the petals right, but at least it looks like a flower. :)

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Thanks for visiting. And please share your own challenge journey.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

100 days to 100% – Day 60

18 Jul

Day 60 – that just snuck up on us, didn’t it? 60 days of our 100 days gone in a flash! 100 days to 100% 

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I’ve been doing my self-reflection journaling regularly now. Every single night before bed, even when it is late and I am really tired. I admit it is hard to do sometimes, but I am learning so much about myself. To really work, you have to be completely honest with yourself, and I think we still try to sugar-coat things even if we are only talking to ourselves.

It is easy to say we are happy with our lives, when in fact we aren’t really happy and would love to make some changes. It is easy to say we are eating right and getting enough exercise, when we are only doing it sometimes. It is easy to say we are taking time for ourselves, when we are really ignoring what our soul needs because it might be inconvenient for the other people in our lives.

How about you? Are you remembering that this challenge is all about taking care of our bodies, minds, and spirits? Nurturing and loving who we are and learning more about ourselves every day? Are you becoming more YOU, whoever that might be?

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

The journaling helps me do those things. It keeps me honest with myself. It helps me track exactly what I am doing. It helps me find me.

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs,  CO 80918

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Week 28 – 365 days of Art

15 Jul

Welcome to Week 28 of the 365 days of Art challenge. The thing that makes me happy is that because of this challenge, I am committing to at least doing a little bit of art every day. Since I am doing inchies and twinchies and tweenchies, I look at every little bit of scrap and stuff that I come across as potential fodder for the daily art challenge. Perhaps that is adding to my accumulation of stuff, however it is also making me look at things more closely. Doing such tiny bits you really need to work small and have small bits because a lot of stuff is just going to disappear at that tiny scale, or use up the entire space. For example, if you use buttons you have to find really tiny ones to add interest or they will take up the entire space. It is making me look at things differently, which is a good thing. :)

Here are this weeks inchies and twinchies and tweenchies.

I did not get a sketch done this week, so I am including an older sketch instead. I used colored pencils and gel pens.

What have you been doing to practice the 365 days of art?

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Are you ready to Fascinate?

14 Jul

Sally Hogshead can teach you how to Fascinate!

To celebrate all of the new insights she’s learned over the past decade of research, she has started Project Fascination, with a goal to show 100,000 people how their personalities add value.

To do this, she’s given me a special code BL-DebPrewitt to give the first 100 people who use it to get her Fascination Advantage® assessment for free! This has never been done before, and will only last until July 25!

And the best part is – they want this to be a chain reaction. So when you take the assessment using BL-DebPrewitt, you’ll receive 100 assessments to share with your circle for free too!

Last year I had the privilege to attend the e-Women conference where she was a speaker and she was ‘fascinating’. But a big part of the fun was all of us that attended took her assessment and spent hours discussing it and how it identified us and specifically how we all responded to our ‘fascination advantage’. It was quite entertaining and enlightening. I admit I wasn’t thrilled with my archetype when it was revealed, but I understood that it was how people see me, not how I see myself. And it was pretty accurate.

Last year I was the Archer (actually it was the Bullseye but the name changed over the year).  I decided to retake the test this year and I am now the Editor-in-Chief. Similar to the Archer but slightly different. Perhaps the change was due to the fact that I was more aware of myself since taking the test last year, or perhaps because I anticipated some of the questions that were asked, or perhaps it was just because we all change over time – we don’t remain stagnant, nor do we want to.

This study is about how the world sees you – not how you see yourself. The results can be a bit disconcerting at first (for some people), but if you talk it over with a friend or two you will see the validity in it. There is lots of information in the study, which you can use or not use as you see fit. But it is interesting to take the assessment, and I like being part of a larger project, knowing that my information is helping her with her scientific study, and seeing where I fall on the scale and how I compare to others taking the test.

Don’t forget – use code BL-DebPrewitt and get your free assessment. And it expires July 25th, so don’t wait. I know you will find it fascinating. :) Let me know what your archetype is and how you feel about it.

Use this code BL-DebPrewitt 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, Co 80918

719-266-1866

 

 

Week 27 – 365 days of art challenge

8 Jul

The year is flying by! We are now done with Week 27 of the 365 days of art challenge. More than halfway thru the year. I feel good that I have posted every day with my inchies and twinchies and tweenchies. They are usually fairly simple, but still engaging my creative side. Here is this week’s bunch. They look rather color coordinated this week. I certainly didn’t plan that. A happy surprise.

I almost didn’t get my sketch done this week. So I think I kind of rushed doing it. I love looking at birds and there are so many bird photos on-line to copy from. I found this pretty blue jay (I think). I didn’t get the head quite right, but otherwise it looks OK. I used colored pencils and a charcoal pencil this week.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Thanks for following my adventure. :)

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

100 days to 100% – Day 50

8 Jul

Day 50 of our challenge! We are halfway there! 100 days to 100%! Yes Yes Yes!!!

I know you are feeling fabulous at this point! You are probably noticing a few changes. Maybe you are starting to look forward to your daily exercise routine. Perhaps you are automatically reaching for fruit for your snack. Maybe you are taking time for yourself and feeling less stress about doing so. Perhaps you are getting more sleep so you have more energy. Can you imagine what you will be feeling like at the end of our 100 days?

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We aren’t just focusing on our bodies for this challenge. We are also focusing on our minds and our spirit. What have you been doing to nourish your soul? If we only work on our bodies, we won’t get the full benefit of making these changes.

Are you reading more? Participating in self-growth workshops? Are you journaling? Are you setting intentions? Are you remembering to express daily gratitude for all that is given you? Are you sharing your journey with your loved ones? Have you found a new love of art or music or dance? Remember we are both body and soul and we need to nourish both.

I have been doing a daily journal about my progress. Tracking exercise and eating and gratitude, etc.  One of the hard parts for me is journaling about the deep parts inside of me. So that has been a big part of my journey. Really digging deep to find out more about me and my feelings and what is in my heart and all those things that make me….me. Sometimes it is scary to actually verbalize some of those feelings – perhaps doing so makes them more real? I’m still struggling with it, but I am paying more attention to it.

What is the hardest part of this journey for you? Please share. No judgements.

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Fabulous EYES!

6 Jul

Everyone really did a fantastic job with the EYES ATCs for the June challenge. We had a nice variety, as usual, with fabric and paper and texture and dimension, etc. A lot of drawn eyes, which are very cool. Several with eye quotes on the backside to go with the art on the front side. Very fun stuff!

Here they are in no particular order. Enjoy the show! I wish you could see them in person, because they really are fabulous!

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And now for the winners. We almost had enough entries to do 3 winners this month, but not quite. So the 2 winners are……….Jan Easter and Sonja Milojevic. Yay!!! Congrats to both of you. I will get your ATCs sent off this week. Thanks so much for participating and I hope you will participate in the July challenge too.

The July ATC challenge theme is BIRDS and I know you will be creating more ATCs that are just as fabulous as these. Send them to the address below, or you can drop them off if you are local.

Thanks to everyone who sent in ATCs!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

 

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