I get my energy from the sunshine. My daily rituals involve sitting in the sun to absorb the light and warmth. I eat bananas everyday and wake up before dawn. I most definitely am a bird of some sort.
The hummingbird is my spirit animal. They are very tiny, delicate creatures but fierce and do not sit still for too long. I get much of my inspiration from birds and I developed a great love for them. I love their gentleness and liberation. They keep me company on my walks. They are with me in the early hours of the morning and we both love bananas.
My early morning routnine is one of my favourite things. I love mornings because of the potential of a new day. It brings a new energy, new 24 hours and a new moment in time. I am more focused and energetic when I wake up earlier, I have so much more time in my day and I am able to do so much! I wake up between 4am – 4:30am everyday whether I am on vacation or not. I work in my art studio for two hours and break for meditation and yoga after which I shower, breakfast and get ready for work at 8am.
If you are looking to become more productive with your days or have more energy I would recommend starting your day a little bit earlier that you usually do by going to bed earlier. Try changing up your routines and eating habits. Of course it is better to start slowly by changing one thing per week. You need to rewire your brain and body to see and experience the world differently than you currently do. Switch up that morning coffee with a ginger and honey tea. Switch up that dessert with some fruits and nuts.
I guarantee you that these small changes will make tremendous differences in your life. I know this to be true because my morning routine has been life changing for me. Your morning routine will greatly affect the rest of your day. If you wake up stressed, skip breakst and fill your system with caffiene and processed sugars, you will be more on edge, anxious and more stressed during your day. Take time to take care of your body and your body will take care of you.
Good luck, friends! Take flight my little birdies!
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Without a doubt, the pandemic was one of the most tragic events of the century! It has been an unpredictable few years and I know each person would have experienced the pandemic differently according to where you live.
My creativity significantly thrived as a result of the pandemic. I have never in my life had so much time at home where I could dedicate time entirely to my creative endeavours. It has been awesome! I would admit that the first pandemic lockdown was challenging becuase it was very sudden where everything was shut down without a warning. I remembered looking at my planner and all the scheuled events for the next few months in dismay because they were all cancelled. What did this new life mean? What am I supposed to do with my days and time?
I took my energies of restlessness, solitude and isloation and created most beautiful art. A therapist once told me that artists create their best work in time of sadnesses and dismay. While this may differ according to the creative, this was indeed the case with me. I created most beautiful works of art and hundreds and hundreds of pieces that I am most proud of. I experimented on so many new things and I found myself again. My creativity has never been the same.
I am sharing some snapshots of some collections of art work I created since the beginning of the pandemic!
Inspired by the concept of color therapy. These are a collection of abstract paintings that are inspired by sunsets and sunrises that I missed experiencing being in a lockdown. I missed outdoor activities, being by the ocean and all my art activities that I would usually be part of. This collection was very soothing and indeed therapeutic.
Les Belles Fleurs
A beautiful and vibrant collection of floral inspired paintings. I was looking for another series to create paintings at that time. I had this beautiful vases of flowers on my desk in the studio for a week. I remembered how much Picasso painted the everyday objects in his room and creted beautiful masterpieces from them. Inspired by Picasso, I decided to do the same and this collecion turned out to be a spontaneous collection of very beautiful paintings that I love to this day!
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My nostalgia for being outdoors was inspired by these beauties! Painted entirely using one palette knife, this collection was also a spontaneous and fun endeavour. No sketches we done prior to these creations! They were done entirely from the heart and creative spirit! Can you see the flow?
Again, my nostalgia for the ocean inspired this enitre series. Inspired by the creative process of how I created the last series, I used only one palette knife for this collection. I had a blast creating these. Can you also see the flow of energy in these beauties?
This was a creative challenge for me. As I was transitioning into a new collection, I decided to paint figures for the first time in a fun and vibrant style. I have done hundreds of figure drawings but Inever attmepted to paint them. This was an experimental collection that I immensely enjoyed creating.
The Spirt of the Hummingbird
I identify myself as a hummingbird. I identify with its energy, spirit and the general nature of birds. They are up before sunrise and are always moving! I sit in the morning sun to have my breakfast and absorb the sunlight to cleanse and recharge for the day’s activities. It is my morning ritual I look forward to doing everyday. It is more energizing that coffee to me. This collection captures the beauty and flight of my spirit animal!
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Another creative challenge for me. I am great at drawing portraits but I had never attempted to paint them! Again I approached it with the same creative process as the figure paintings These vibrant beauties are inspired by the color and beauty of races, faces, peoples and cultures of the world.
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My most recent endeavour in the art studio has been sculpting. I have been sculpting for just a few months and I have not stopped becuase I fell in love with the feel of clay. It has wonderfully therapeutic properities. It is very soothing to work with and the results from my sculpting really made me happy. While I am not completely new to using clay, it can be a challenging material to work with but I loved the challenge of figuring it out.
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Can you believe it is Septmeber 2021 already? Some are still processing 2020! But here is the real truth: there are only THREE more months until the end of 2021! Three more months until 2022!
I know the pandemic has created great challenges and many dreams, expectations and plans got throw out the window. There were sudden and huge changes that we all had to make in our lives. I am sure some of those new year’s resolutions never happened as a result.
However, do not give up! All hope is not lost! Here is the good news. It takes 21 days to create a new habit. Having the discipline and the willpower to really make something happen the in the next three months is worth it!
Making a list and writing your goals down to see it has a significant impact on the minda. What are some attainable goals you have? Obviously going on a world cruise is not something that anyone can do in these circumstances but I am sure there are more attainable ones you can think of! It can be as simple as being healthier or reading more. Make that list is the first and most important step! Re-order that list in terms of which is most important to you.
Imgine you only have three months to live. Make them count! Now that you have a clear idea of your attainable goals it is time to make a plan to accomplish them. What are small things you can do daily or a few times weekly to help you reach your goals? Think about this! It will also help if you write these things down so you remember. Add these tasks as a reminder on your phone so you get it done! This step is just as important as list making. There must be some kind of action when you make a plan! Remember changes in your routine may be challenging at first but is takes 21 days to re-wire your brain. You can do it!
Keep at it! Aim for those 21 days of consistency! Think of it as a 21 day challenge. After 21 days the tasks become easier and you will see great progress towards achieveing your goals. It is a mind shift when you are trying to make a change in your life or adding or changing your rountine. It is going to get easier and in no time you would not have to consciously think about the small task as a challenge. You will be doing it very easily and it will beomce second nature to you.
Do these three simple things to help make the next three months of 2021 count! Make a come back, turn it around and do something that you will be proud you accomplished at the end of the year. It would be a positive thing that your conquered and you were able to control in a world where nothing is certain anymore. Be strong, friends. You can do it!
Now, I encouarge you to get make that list of attainable goals, get working on a plan and keep going! Good luck, friends!
Tell me how how you are going to be spending the last three months of the year? What is something awesome you are going to work towards?
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For those who may not know I am an artist and art teacher. That is the essence of my life and everything revolves around Art. All my books are Art realated, Art takes over my spaces, I look at Art videos, read about Art, write about Art and talk about Art. My food must be colorful, my socks must be fun and my toothbrush must be a different color everytime I change it.
Let’s get into those 10 random facts
Artists may be scatter brained and think differently from others, so it is very common for them to exist in messy and disorganized spaces. However I am not the same! I can only work in clean and organized spaces. This does not just include my art studio space but also the other spaces such as the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom etc. I always clean up after my painting/ sculpting sessions and put my materials and works in storage until I am ready to work again.
Love my fruits and veggies! I am lost without them. They give me life and energy. That’s my secret to my good skin and youth. I however eat the occassional fish with my meals. I see food as an energy or fuel source to power me through my days and keep me going for a long time. I do not consume fried foods, other junk foods, snacks, soft drinks, juices and alcohol becuase I do not like it.
I must have been some kind of forest plant or wild animal in another life because of my love for outdoors! I love being in the sun and I have never in my life gotten sunburn from being outdoors for an extended time. My skin must be different from other humans! I love walks, hikes, camping, beaches, picnics and being in the wilderness. Interestingly bugs, birds and crawling creatures don’t bother me! They may think I am one of them!
I have 2 lovely doggies who are super sweet. I named one Indie after Indiana Jones because of his adventurous, determined, resilient, loyal and strong spirit. He is intelligent, fiercely passionate about his humans, protective of them, self aware of his envrionment and what is going on around him and always wants to know how he can help me out. He would probably drive and cook if he could! Rusty is a gentle and laid back one who loves his naps and dog treats.
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I am that energetic and happy morning person that wakes up at 4am or 5am whether I am on vacation or not everyday to work on my creative projects. I am that person who has the largest plate at the breakfast table filled with all the fruits and veggies. I am the sun in the morning. I am that bird chirpping outside your window. I may be that annoying person to those late morning risers, haha! I also do not understand late risers who miss the sunrise every morning.
I am mostly introverted and quiet but I enjoy the company of people; not too much after which I would like to return to my home to be in peace and quiet. I need to recharge after social interactions because too much people can be draining for me.
It was a new year’s resolution of mine! It certainly was an adventurous year having to constantly find something I have never done before and do it! It was a challenge to commit to at the beginning but it was fun. It was something I looked forward to doing every month. I would suggest you give this a try, especially if you are a creative. You will learn a lot about yourself and your life. Some things may even be life changing such as discovering a talent you never knew you had. Be sure to have a journal and write the things you did down! It is an incredible experience and it is worth it.
For some time now I have given up attachment to my artworks. I love them and I created them from the heart, but I do not hold attachments or emotions to them where I feel like I cannot show it to the world or that I cannot part with it. I have learnt non-attachment to places and things. I believe the creativity is always within me and even greater masterpieces will be created. I have given them away as gifts and tokens of appreciation. I was once at an art market and someone did not have enough cash to buy one of my small paintings so I gave it to her for free. I have given a commission to someone for free becuase the pandemic had hit and they no longer had the finances to pay for it.
I have explored many aspects of art and design and because I do not have a team of people managing my creative projects, I do all the work myself. I consider myself to be an artist, designer, photographer, editor, social media manager and all the other things in between! This team of me, myself and I has been quite successful and we will continue going for world domination.
I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did! Which one was most surprising to you?
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In periods of isolation, quarantine, being indoors for an extended period of time and lockdown for months, I started feeling down, burnt out, irritable, restless and I was losing interest in doing all the things I loved. I really missed being outdoors and doing different kinds of activities. It took me a while to figure it out but sun therapy really saved me through those challenging times.
I figured out that being in the sun had therapeutic effects for me personally. I generally do not have mood swings but the pandemic was making me feel like I was experiencing mood swings! I had discovered every single time I felt down and restless, sitting in the sun and absorbing the sunlight helped me tremendously. It became a daily meditative practise and ritual that I have made part of my routine. Sitting in the sun as a ritual may sound strange but it acutally has scientific evidence!
I call it sun therapy. Exposing yourself to healthy amounts of sun every day is vital for boosting your mood. Sunlight releases serotonin which is a horomone responsible for making you feel happy and blissful. I have found being in the sun acutally does not dry out my skin but is seems healthier. The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D which is essential to help the bones absorb calcium. I have noticed that I not only have a boost in my mood but I am able to be more focused and not restless during the day. Being indoors mean that you are not exposed to direct sunlight. In darker rooms, the brain releases melatonin which helps you to sleep at night. Feeling sluggish or fatigue during the day, especaily from being indoors for a long time may create the release of a lot of melatonin in the brain. Immediately I would feel the positive effects of sunlight on my body and mind when I go outside.
Without a doubt sunlight has had an incredibly positive imapact on my physical and mental well being in the pandemic. Every morning I sit in the sun while having breakfast to recharge and energize myself for the day. I repeat this ritual during the day in the afternoon and the evening because I spend most of my time indoors at my desk working.
This is one of my many ways I have adapted myself to working from home in the pandemic. Sun therapy has saved my life. It is important you know what works for your body to help you mentally cope. If you do not know what works, try different things! Most important, reading and researching will help you a lot!
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My bio or introduction usually says, ‘artist, designer and teacher.’ I think those three words are an accurate description of who I am! However, today I share deeper aspects of my philosophy as an artist.
Art has always and will always be therapeutic for my soul. It is the thing that keeps me balanced and I tend to get irritable mentally and emotionally if I do not dedicate time to creating something every day in between life things. I feel very unsettled and restless and it becomes challenging to focus on other activities. Art is more that just a career and passion for me. It sustainance and it is my energy source. It is where I draw much of my inspiration, energy and life from. Much of my life revolves around art because it is a big part of what I do and who I am.
Being paid for your art works is one of the greatest accomplishments or proud moments you can have an as artist I agree! It is a wonderful feeling. In #10 in my previous blog on, ’10 Random Things About Me,’ I said that I have given away more art that actually sold in my life. Many creatives would be horrified about this and say that I do not respect my art or my own time. This is not true. I believe art is love and love is art. I love creating art and I create from the heart. I have freely given away my art as gifts and tokens of appreciation to people. I have given away a commision free of charge because the pandemic had created financial challanges for the client. There was never one moment I regretted it and in fact I still feel happy about my generousity.
I do not create art to impress anyone, for popularity or for anyone’s approval. I create art for myself because I love it. I create art for self-expression and to improve my skill. I create whatever comes to mind and whatever I feel in the moment. If there is something that challenges me, I go for it. Whether it comes out amazing or not, I still create and go for it nevertheless. My portfolio as a result is quite diverse as I go from landscapes to flowers to seascapes to paper sculptures to clay sculptures to who know what’s next! Of course in between there are works that are not very good but it is part of the process. While I am a serious creative, I am also free spirited at the same time. I go where the wind takes me!
Can you relate to any of these as a creative?
What is your artist philosophy? Have you ever thought of it? What would it be? Share your thoughts with me!
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We all have busy schedules and sometimes it can be challengeing to be consistent in managing some things as an artist. Whether you are a part time or full time creative, we all have our different challenges. I personally manage many projects on my own and I consider myself to be a team of people. I would admit that while I have a great work ethic and I am very productive I do struggle with to keep up with some things and I am more succesful in other things. As a creative it is important to build your skills and find balance as the same time.
I am sharing some hacks for creatives you can use to work smarter and not harder to be able to get tasks done faster and easier on a budget. I use the following tools to speed up my creative work and without these tools I would not be assuccessful!
This is #1 on my list! An excellent tool in creating graphic, videos and great designs for all my social media and blogs. This is an app that can be used on mobile or desktop that offer tons of customizable templates and designs you can use for free. The quality of designs are excellent. It takes seconds to a few minutes to get professional work done for promotions, marketing, website, blogs and so much more. There is also a list of ready to go templates for all social media platforms in their latest updated version. I would 100% recommend this awesome app.
This has been an absolute life saver for me with my busy schedule as it saves me so much time every day. These scheduling apps allow you to plan and schedule your posts, comments, hastags ahead of time and choose the time and date in advanced. You can plan all your social media posts on the weekend so you do not have to worry about your social media during the week. The apps will automatically send out your posts on your social media so you not have to sit down everyday to individaully post content. The most popular out there is Hootsuite, Plann, Planoly and Later. The free versions have limitations of course, but you are able to save some time from scheduling your content.
I love WordPress! It is one of my top sites that I use very often. The customization it offers is excellent. It is a great platform for writers, bloggers and creatives with tons of options and features. It is user friendly and fun to work with as a creative. I have used this platform to build my official art website and it was easy to get it off the ground with their customizations and templates. Thinking of starting a blog or website? WordPress is my #1 recommendation for you!
A very cool app that you can create simple animation from still images. You can create the illusion of an aspect of your photogrphy moving or your can take a painting you created from the art studio and animate it. This app is excellent if you want to take your creative work to the next level and get involved in more experimental type work. No complex video editor required. You can be creating very cool animations in a few seconds to minutes with this one!
These tools mentioned can be used for free with the exception of building your own website with a custom domain! The free vserions have its limitations but I have found it worked very well for me and allowed me to create excellent work and content consistently.
Neverthess I would say to invest in your equipment, tools and technology as a creative, especially if you are working towards being a professional in what you do! Good luck, friends. Go out there are create amazing stuff!
What are some artist hacks that I can add to this list? What are some cool and useful tools you use that can help us save time as creatives? Share with us in the comments!
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We have all experienced artist block before and it can be most frustrating and annoying! We all hate it but it happens to all creatives from time to time. Are you experiencing artist block especially in these challenging times? Keep reading! I am sharing some great tips to help you back on track!
Google all the things you love and read about its history. Create Pinterest boards of inspiring things that you like. Do not think too much about it! Flow with it and save the images or quotations you are drawn to. Add them to your Pinterest boards. This is a very simple and easy way to begin brainstorming and reconnecting to the things that inspire you once again. YouTube some things you enjoy such as music, art tutorials, art videos, DIY, craft ideas and art history! It is important to spend some time doing this.
I always emphasize this point on my blogs! Now you have gathered your ideas or inspiration, choose one thing your would have gathered from your Pinterest boards/ Google research/ YouTube. It can be as simple as doing calligraphy of a quotation that you like. It can be a sketch of a cartoon character that you like. Do not overthink it! Get out that iPad or sketch book and give it a go! Do not put pressure on yourself to make it perfect like you are creating a masterpiece. It is perfectly ok if it is not perfect. Just create!
Creating that first sketch or design is a big step! Congratulations, you are on your way to getting over artist block! Now the key is to keep going! I challenge you every day to do one small thing from your Pinterst board/Google research/YoutTube finds. Find a way to create your version of the things that you like or inspire you. For example, if you love the Renaissance era and Michelangelo’s work, perhaps you can learn how to improve your figure drawings and explore figure paintings! Being consistent in your efforts will bear fruit so I encourage you to keep at it as a daily practise.
Wishing you the best of luck and I am sending you creative energies your way!
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It is without a doubt that the pandemic has changed our lives dramatically. You would have noticed some some creatives thrived as this time, while other creatives felt unmotivated, uninspired and depressed because of the world situation. If you were the latter or somewhere in between, I am going to share some great ideas on staying creative during these challenging times. These are the things I did to be a thriving and successful artist during the pandemic.
One of my most recent blogs called, ‘Take a Break. Here’s Why,’ is an excellent read which will help you find your inspiration again. Changing your environment by going to a place you love, going outdoors, spending time with people who inspire you will greatly enhance your mood. Remeber it is important to go out. It can be by yourself as well. A 92 year old once said, ‘Force yourself to go out. Beautiful things always happen.’ Do this as often as you can to be able to find your inspiration again.
What are your goals as a creative? Do you want to become a better painter? Did you want to leant a new medium, publish a book, learnt new techniques? See your goals written on paper is always a great way to start. Make a plan as to how you are going to accomplish this goal such as small tasks everyday to workd towrds that goal.
Whatever your goals, you may feel overwhelmed and procrastiante getting your goals or tasks done. This is very normal to feel this way. I would suggest starting on a small scale. Instead of a starting on a large canvas, start in your sketch pad or small canvas. Work on some color studies, minitaure pieces and sketches. Do not think too mcuh about it; just let it flow and do whatver comes to mind. It does not matter what it looks like or if it is perfect. Just go for it! This is going to give you the confidence boost, ideasn ad inspiration to start creating again on a larger scale.
Being consistent involves a certain level of discipline in the beginning. I always say that on those days when you really do not feel to do something that is benefical to you, it is the best day you should do it because you will not regret it! It takes 21 days to form a new habit. I challenge you for 21 days to create something on a small scale everyday. It could just be a sketch! I guarantee after those 21 days, creating will come easier to you.
Work at times that you know are best for you. Some people are night owls and are most productive at night while others are early birds who enjoy working very early in the morning. Do not try working at a time where there are so many life distractins! Find your space and make the time because believe me it is worth it at the end.
Remember these simples but effective ways to stay creative! I strong encourage your to practise these and I sincerely hoep you find your inspiration again. Go for it!
Good luck, friends!
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This week I am sharing some wonderful news of the official launch of my art website! I am very proud of this venture and project, not becuase of the time that specifically went into creating the website. Rather, it is the time and energy that went into creating and building the other projects that are linked to my website.
If you have been following my art journey for some time you would know that I work on and manage many creative projects such as my own studio art practise, social media, photography, editing and graphic design. My art website is one place that links all of these projects! You can view my gallery, purchase my art, browse my art shops, read my art blogs and connect with me on all social media platforms! You can also see updates on the latest in the art studio.
Feel free to browse my new art website. It will evolve over time as I develop more projects and art collections. There will always be something new to see!
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