It's easy not to follow through. My day can be packed from morning til night and it's easy to tell myself that I just don't have the time. What it comes down to is that I need to MAKE the time.
I don't plan to finish a painting every single day. My goal is just to make progress, and so far I am thrilled with how much progress I have made. A daily habit of small, manageable actions leads to big things over time.
I am slowly working on putting my ideas onto paper. Granted, this is only one area of ideas but already I feel less stress as I am slowly and methodically working my way through.
I get up early each morning to study, exercise and have some quiet time before my kids wake up. Now I also use this time to paint. It's amazing how much progress can be made in just a few minutes. Work like this can seem so intimidating, and like you'd need hours of uninterrupted time in order to make any headway. After only 9 days, though, I know that's not true. In even just 10-15 minutes, I can make a noticeable difference in my current painting.
If, for whatever reason, I am unable to paint in the morning I can still find a little snippet of time during the day to make it happen.
My cousin and I share the same birthday (I am about six hours older) and he is an artist as well. I am thrilled that he is joining me in this challenge. He has assigned themes to his work, which I think is brilliant and I am going to do the same. I think that will help tremendously to cut down the "What am I going to paint today?" stress. I am currently in a Love phase, painting quotes about love, nerdy valentine card ideas, a sweet little penguin who loves you, and the like.
My favorite paintings will make their way into my Etsy shop as prints, cards and maybe some embroidery patterns.
If you have ideas for themes, quotes or cuteness you'd like me to paint, I'd love to hear your suggestions!