“When you start working, everybody is in your studio- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas- all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.”
My favorite moment when I begin painting is the light. I love natural light - the way it brightens the paper giving life to my pencil lines. My main medium is watercolors. I love the way water and paint move together - the colors formed from the layered paints; the elements of brush stroke, transparency and water overlapping one another.
The lotus flower and heart are the subjects of my paintings. Recently, I've been inspired by the different shapes of the Chakra symbols. In particular, the inverted triangle of the Root Chakra. I love how this shape suggests the flow of energy. From funneling the energy down to the tip, the sides of the triangle redirects the energy up. The tip of the triangle is where spiritual awakening begins; then expanding into a higher level of consciousness.
The watercolors posted on this entry are my latest pieces. My interest in adding new shapes and using different colors to my paintings gives way to new designs and compositions.
"The thing about a 'comfort zone' is that it sounds, well, too comfortable. I call it a comfort pit, because a pit is somewhere you want to get out of as fast as possible."
- Bear Grylls
Every year I invite myself to try something new. Some of my recent endeavors include blogging, building a website, mountain biking and swimming. New experiences are exciting - at the same time terrifying and uncomfortable. We dare ourselves to move away from our familiar routine in return for a new possibility.
Getting out of our comfort zone is never easy. It takes courage, a fearless heart and an open-mind. When we step into the unfamiliar our world expands - we become more interesting; we gain confidence and a deeper understanding of ourselves and others; we learn what we are capable of.
When I try something new, I get a rush of adrenaline, the feeling of butterflies in my stomach. I take a risk and put myself out there, not knowing what to expect. For me, the best part of trying something new is opening up to a new experience and learning more about myself along the way. Being a little uncomfortable has pushed me to reach new heights I never dreamed of. For a change - take a risk, switch things up and try something new:-)
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson
After writing "Getting Started," I thought - how do I stay motivated? I thought of recent projects - the dedicated time and unwavering focus, the thrill of finishing. How do I keep this momentum going?
Motivation is inconstant - it comes and goes. I have moments when I feel confident in my direction, I know exactly what I want. Then there are times when starting seems impossible. All of these moments are temporary. I've learned that staying motivated even when I don't feel inspired strengthens my spirit.
Motivation comes from within. It is a persistent drive that pushes us to take action toward a chosen purpose. Behind every goal, our ambition and enthusiasm pushes us to strive for success. With courage, gumption and perseverance we can reach our aspirations.
Here are some ways that help me to stay motivated:
Orange: |ˈôrənj, ˈär-| noun. a round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind; a secondary color that has been formed by the mixture of red and yellow pigments; a color between yellow and red in the spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 590 and 610 nm.
We see color every day. The farmers market is one of my favorite spots for an eyeful of color. I love looking at the brightly colored display of fruits and vegetables - apple greens, cherry red tomatoes, eggplant purples, leafy spinach greens and lemon yellows. The oranges are my favorite. They are sunny and warm to the eye and refreshing to the taste.
I love the color orange. Orange reminds me of autumn leaves, citrus fruits, Halloween, mangoes and pumpkins. This vibrant color, combined from red and yellow makes me feel positive and optimistic. Like the color red, orange attracts my attention right away. This bold and energizing color radiates warmth and happiness. When I see orange I feel confident, elated and uplifted. What does the color orange bring up for you?
“You don't need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now. Regretting that you didn't start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.” -Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear In The Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
Taking up a new project or embarking on a new goal is challenging and exciting. The feeling of commitment and eagerness to undertake a new creative venture is both thrilling and daunting. Ideas are brewing but they are not real and tangible yet. Sometimes "starting" is the challenge.
Oftentimes I wonder - why is getting started so difficult when I feel so motivated and ready? What barriers or blocks are holding me back? I look at my feelings and question my thoughts. Is it fear, insecurity, lack of self-confidence, not enough time, too little knowledge, uncertainty.
Ultimately, the only way to begin and move forward is to break through these barriers. Here are some ways that have helped me get started:
Hi there! I'm Jessica, painter, creator and avid list maker. I love yoga, reading, journaling and sharing my inspirations with you. I'm so glad you're here!