I didn’t initially want to post this photo, all I could see were my flaws. I see all this good and beauty in the people around me, yet I judge and question myself constantly.
Honestly, I even felt a little anxious when my partner posted the unedited version to their Facebook. Then I remembered that this is me. It’s been me for 31 years, and I need to be kinder to myself.
This photo is one I should have automatically loved, it’s a wonderful memory and a rare photo snapped by @calbert85 without my knowledge. But instead I was immediately bogged down with the standard that’s been thrust upon us our whole lives.. skinny is the only beautiful media wants to see.
Today I’m saying #effyourbeautystandards and giving you a full body shot of me creating beautiful memories with my family! ✌🏻 #stillbeautiful#workinprogress#alwayslearning#lovetheskinyourin#bodypositive#mentalhealth#bekindtoyourself#positiveaffirmations
I had some opportunity at the Cottage Country Christmas Show today to paint more of the wolf family. I got a little of the ground under the mother started, and got some of the howling pup begun.
I've been demonstrating painting techniques at shows for a few years now, but none of the paintings that I've worked on have gotten the kind of attention that this wolf is garnering. Just goes to show you how much people like wolves I suppose! I even got my first inquiry about selling the original too, which is unheard of. Very exciting indeed!
Looks like 2019 I will be experiencing more personal growth. 2018 gave me the opportunity and breathing room to do a lot of emotional healing post separation and divorce. Now 2019 will be the year I get things together financially. Of course I’m nervous and right now not sure how all the pieces are coming together. I know this is only possible with taking chances. Tomorrow is going to be an emotionally draining day, and I have to remind myself to practice self-care. Good things are on the way. #underconstruction#workinprogress#onestepatatime#growthmindset#growthroughwhatyougothrough#personalgrowth#myyear#2018#2019
Success! Sort of 😂
The time-consuming process (which is also scary to run through my printer) gives a really clear and easy to release transfer. It’s a bit yellow as well; perhaps it’s the Varathane. But check those fine, clear lines! (The smudges on the left were in the print, not the transfer.)
This is number 611 in my commitment to make and share daily.
Just experimenting lately and working out things in my studio. Sometimes (often), experiments don't go as planned. That's okay. I'm learning to appreciate the process more and take what I can from it. I'm going to be focusing less on moving inventory into my shop and more on having fun, trying new things and making mistakes for the next while. Here's to new directions and fresh focus in 2019. 🙏💕