Today, the sun was out for a few moments, but then would immediately hide behind lots of clouds, casting the sky into the color of “Battleship Grey,” our prompt for today. While I don’t mind rainy or cloudy days, we’ve had quite a few in a row, so the brief appearance of the sun reminded me of just how much I’ve missed it. When the clouds returned, I felt a bit less inspired and found myself wishing the sun would come back. Many days, I feel this when I show up to my sketchbook. One day things turn out just as I intended and the sun is shining brightly. The next day, it’s like I’ve forgotten how to sketch at all and I seem to be struggling more than usual. But, I’ve learned that persistence is the best art supply we have at our disposal. With it, anything is possible! And I’ve personally enjoyed showing up to see just what happens in my sketchbook every day. It’s like an improvisational performance that I’m certainly at the center of, but one where I’m often just as surprised as the audience. From my chosen subject matter to the way it quickly turns out, I’m eagerly waiting to see what might happen. That’s a wild and wonderful experience indeed.
As we head into the weekend, I’m thrilled for a little break as this was quite a busy week. Philippe and I have no plans, like last weekend, so I’m hoping for a little rest and relaxation. I’ve looked at the weather forecast and it seems that we’re in for more clouds and very little, if any, sun. But, that changes quickly here, so, it’s anyone’s guess really as to what will actually occur in the end. And, it occurs to me, that making my own bit of sun is something that’s up to me. Whenever I’m feeling a bit low or lacking inspiration, I know I can’t wait for the sun to shine again. I have to make my own spark of light that can propel me forward to DO what I want to try next. Trust me when I say, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in this wonderful art journey, showing up to DO is the most rewarding thing of all. By the way, I enjoyed my little grey bird today, and he or she as it’s really impossible to tell with grey birds was painted in only three colors. These are the colors of my “Shiny” Trio that I created for Da Vinci Paint Co, and they’re currently running a promotion where you can get my trio totally free through Sunday (with a purchase of $49 or more). So if you have some colors to fill, it’s a good time to do so!
When I was a kid, I was never really bothered by cloudy days too much. I didn’t even mind rain because it meant that I could stay inside and color in my coloring book. Or, even back then, make my own little drawings that I could color with glee. I’ve always had this strong urge to create things. To make my own mark, as it were, on the world. Yet, I’m happy creating just about anything new at all. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or some never before seen concept. Most of the time, it’s just a bit of stuff. But, it’s always stuff that didn’t exist in the moment before and it’s always in my own signature style. Not the style I worked tirelessly to evoke, but the one that was always there with me. The one I could never escape if I tried. The same sort of inimitable style that we all have. And as I see people share pages from my new Activity Book in our little Facebook Group, I’m so excited to experience all of the beautiful styles that appear! By the way, if you’re in Canada, and have been interested in my book, it’s finally on Amazon there! Whew! This has been the most rewarding journey of my life and I’m thrilled to travel on and see what happens next. And it will remain my sincere goal to make you feel the same way about your own creative journey, even on a grey day.
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