I started a new series at the beginning of Feb. It's called #RadicalSelfAcceptance. The plan was to do one painting a day for 30 days. It was both a challenge and a commitment to help me stay on track. Today, I should be on painting no.18. I'm not. I'm on painting no.2.
Here's what I'm *not* doing about it (this is everything I would've done before): I'm *not* verbally punishing and judging myself for falling behind and breaking my commitment to myself. I'm *not* lying awake at night worrying about which other commitments I might be able to break to get back on track with this one. I'm *not* sacrificing my health and sleep and sanity to crank out 16 paintings in one day to make up for lost time. I'm *not* scrapping the whole damn idea just because I didn't stick to the timeline. Nope, *not* doing any of that. Because... radical self-acceptance.
Here's what I am doing instead: I'm appreciating the beauty of the two pieces I did create. I'm feeling excited about the next piece. I'm allowing myself the space and freedom to decide when I will sit down to actually make it. I'm acknowledging that I had other important things on my schedule this month, like nourishing a gorgeous group of women with all-vegan food at a week-long women's retreat, and other unforeseen but equally important things that required my attention, like a neck injury. I'm accepting that plans change, and that I am flexible, and that flexibility keeps me fluid and at peace with myself and the world. I am being low on resistance and rigidity and self-criticism, and mighty high on perspective and compassion. Because... radical self-acceptance.
It feels good, this kindness. It's feeding my heart, and I know it's going to be fuel for my art. May I remember to be a little kinder to myself a little more every day. I wish that for you too.
Sometimes you just need a little reinvention!💡♻ I originally posted the beginning of this project a year ago (last photo, top right). Then it went to live in unloved art purgatory, AKA the back of my art cupboard. Today I took it out to use as a tossable experimentation canvas but instead created something I love! 🤞 She dries pretty!
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🍂Day 97 #100daysofmakingnotebooks 🍀Collage time! Putting together the covers of my last notebook for this project ( I have 2 more already prepped and ready to book bind ). I have 3 more day to go and I can't really believe that I'm almost done.
Anyway, this notebook has 8 signatures with 4 pages each - only one has 5 pages. 🌱See you tomorrow!
These are a few of my current favourite colours! The magenta purple and dark turquoise combo are just lush, don't you think?
Also, I'm on a mission for a bright and bold orange and this one is satsuma perfect and looks good enough to eat. (I won't taste it though - promise!)
What colours can you not get enough of right now? 🎨