How to get the benefits of meditation without meditating – by creating art and crafts

Research tells us now that meditation has many benefits, helping us to maintain our wellbeing.  Now don’t get me wrong, I personally love to meditate daily, however, not everyone does. There are many reason why meditation is not liked by everyone.  Some don’t feel comfortable being alone with their own thoughts, others just don’t like sitting “doing nothing” for long, not forgetting not everyone feels they have the imagination to visualise.  There are many many more reasons, too many to mention.  If any of these resonate with you, then please read on…….. a video especially for you, will also be available at the end of the article.

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Good Artists Make “Bad Art” – To learn we first need to get it wrong

I would like to give you all permission to make “bad art” Please do not be offended by this as I mean it in a positive and supportive way.  Let me explain.  If you are anything like me, you are creative and love to create art but give yourself some impossible tasks.  If you are anything like me, you will have a tendency to be your worst critic and place a lot of pressure on yourself.

I have recently been liberated and was given permission to create bad art, and the person to give me this permission was, guess who?…………….Me.  You see the truth is we are, more often than not, the person keeping us back from moving forward, from getting better.  How is that possible? I hear you ask.  Well, we can only learn and move forward in any skill by pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone, trying something new and to do this we need to be prepared to “get it wrong” first.

If this is something you can relate to, I invite you to read on let me show you what I mean.

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How to overcome negative thinking – drawing a self portrait with charcoal pencils

There is a story behind this self-portrait as there is with all art.  I began this portrait as I do with any drawing.  I chose my art supplies, my picture and began.  This portrait however, did not quite go according to plan.  I struggled with getting it “just right” I had to battle my thoughts of “I can’t do this” I would just like to say right now I won the battle, and if you are interested in how I did this please continue to read…….

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Pan pastel Portrait of Jane Davenport inspired by #29faces

Jane Davenport is a professional artist and best selling author, living in Australia with a huge following online.  According to her website ( about section her passion is teaching women how to defy self-imposed creative gravity, as well as a self confessed art supply junkie.  I myself have taken one of her classes as part of LifeBook2016 (run by another great artist Tamara Laport from willowing arts)

To find out more about my creative process for Janes’ portrait

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29 faces February 2017 as hosted by Ayala Art – Day 1

Hi folks, February is going to be a busy month for me.  I am participating in the daily create a face challenge called 29 faces as hosted by Ayala Art on her 29 faces blog .  Through out this challenge I will also be challenging myself to post daily blog posts, this will prove a little bit more difficult than creating the faces, as I found out last September with 29 faces September 2016.  Although I did not completely succeed in posting daily I did increase my posting more regularly on my old blog: It’s a wonderful life and had a whole load of fun :).

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How to be inspired and know what to draw.

A question that is commonly asked is “how do you stay inspired”  Well, I am here to tell you there is no short answer, no one single right way for everyone to stay inspired.  We are all individual so we all have individual needs.  What inspires one person does not inspire another.  I know that answer does not really help you, so I will try to answer in a more helpful way.  If I tell you what inspires me, that might in turn inspire you to try something different.

What keeps me inspired is to live life as best as I can.  To interact with others and get out and about as much as my current health will allow me.  I will visit local parks or places of interest.  I live close by the sea so there are beaches to visit as well.

Having said that, I have not been getting out and about as much as I would like.  I also know there are many who cannot get out at all.  So I would like to share with you the story of what inspired me for the featured art journal page.  This inspiration did not require me to go out of my house.  Please note, I am not advocating staying in as the preferred option but showing that it is possible to be inspired even if you are unable to go out.  The time lapse process video of how I painted the sphere with reflections is available for you to watch.  Just scroll down to the end of this article for access.

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One simple step to overcome blank page syndrome

Have you ever felt you wanted to create art but when it came to it you froze as you did not know what you actually wanted to draw/paint? I have loads of times.  Some of that freeze is down to what is known in the creative world as the “blank page syndrome”.  It can also be down to our own perceptions of what we think we “should” be doing verses what we believe we “can” do, in other words our self confidence but that is a whole different conversation lol Today I am exploring the blank page………

That moment you get, say, your art journal out, you open it up and you are faced with the blank page.  How do you get from staring at that blank page to actual creating? There are actually a number of different ways you can overcome this.  Todays article is an explanation of one simple way that I recently used to create an art journal page, to help me overcome blank page syndrome.  To find out the answer read on. A timelapse process video of the art journal page is also available at the end of this article.

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