The Power Of Belief

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
— Henry Ford

 

 From "I can't!" to "I can!"                                                                

 From "I can't!" to "I can!"                                                                

Hello creative friends!  Time for a very overdue post.

The power of belief has been at the forefront of my mind for the past few weeks.   I have been looking at my thoughts in depth.  I realized I have been stopping myself from pursuing many of my dreams!  Most recently a dream came true and I would like to start there. 

For years I wanted to draw people but I would just keep saying I can't.  The page remained blank and I was convinced I was not a person who had the talent to draw people.  I kept hearing people speaking about how our thoughts create our reality.  That finally registered when I realized by saying I could not do something, I was preventing myself from even trying.  In that moment I allowed myself to try.  I picked up my pencil and drew a person.  The result was not astounding and I knew I had work to do.  I was finally on the road to drawing people.  I assessed what I created and looked for areas where I needed to improve.  Opening up to the possibility of me being able to do the thing I wanted to do so badly was freeing.  I am now happily drawing people, teaching others and feeling very inspired!

I have many more dreams I have been blocking.  I am flipping my thoughts and stepping out on new adventures!  I would love for you to join me!  Are there any thoughts stopping you from living a dream or pursuing a goal?   Are you ready to change your thinking?   I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Watercolor Tutorial 2: Washes and Experiments

Grab your brushes, paper, paints and some water and let's get painting!

This week I will show you a few of my favorite warm ups and color experiments.  I love to play with watercolor and just let it do it's thing.  Magic happens when you let watercolor flow freely!

First, let's get out all 3 primary colors (red, yellow and blue).  We will make a color wheel and see how easily our colors mix together.  If you would like you can get a free printable blank color wheel off the internet and print it onto some watercolor paper.  In the video below I am using Winsor and Newton paints in: perm rose, winsor yellow and winsor blue. (New videos coming soon!)

How did it go?  I hope you had a ton of fun mixing up your colors and painting them into your color wheel.

Now we will do a little bit of experimenting with our paints.  I love just adding some water to the paper and dropping in color to see what it will do.  I have a notebook of color experiments I keep handy.  In my notebook I note the colors I used so I can easily create the magical mixes again and again.  I recommend using 2 - 4 colors you love and creating color palettes to see how they work together.  In the next video I demo how to do some experiments and how to layer.


How did it go?  Did you make any fun discoveries? 

Thank you for stopping by!  Have fun playing with paint!  Stay tuned for next weeks tutorial on more color mixing and fun watercolor tricks.

Giveaway Time!

Thank you so much for all the likes on Facebook and follows on Instagram!!!!

In honor of hitting 400 on Instagram and 200 on Facebook, I am doing a giveaway of one of my original watercolor portraits! To qualify you just have to have liked my facebook page, followed me on instagram, done a post on my art on instagram and or subscribed to my blog! 

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If you would like a chance to win just comment below and let me know what you did to enter. You will be entered one time for each action listed above....that is up to 4 chances to win

The winner will be announced on May 4th!

Thank you for following and supporting me and my art!!!!