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Whole-Hearted Living

by abby on January 9, 2017 | Comment

watercolor purple and red heart

Happy 2017! I hope your first week of all the new year went well. At the start of a new year, I like to reflect on where I am in path for my career and my life. So, I recently rewatched a TED TALK by Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. It’s a worth your 20 minutes, I promise. It’s very inspirational. Brown hits several great points, but there’s one in particular that I latched onto. In this talk she defined the word courage slightly differently than the modern definition:

“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”

Please read that quote again.

This view of courage brings its meaning back to inner strength and authenticity to one’s self. This courage is about hearing the whole story. Your story includes your strengths and your struggles. The good and the bad. The joy and the fear.

Another way you can describe these types of courageous people are whole-hearted folks. They live with their full heart and accept imperfections.

I’ve decided that, “whole-hearted” is my word for 2017. I am going to embrace myself whole-heartedly. Will you join me in this mission? Let your entire self be seen and live with a whole heart.

Spread the courage!

Happy Thoughts-A New Print Collection

by abby on August 21, 2015 | Comment

watercolor abstract painting with quote of Hafiz Shiraz

Since I’ve started this blog I’ve enjoyed sharing inspiring and positive quotes and sayings with you—like this beautiful quote from the Persian poet, HAFIZ. Making these small watercolor and pencil paintings is a bit it like therapy for me. I never know what will happen and I’m free to explore. The final color palette and overall emotion of the watercolor paintings directs me to what messages I want to add.

It struck me recently that these would be beautiful when printed out on my digital watercolor paper too. I like the idea that their messages could be seen off the computer, in a chosen place of YOUR own. Instantly a new collection was born: HAPPY THOUGHTS: a print collection of Visual Inspiration and Positive Intention.

6 small prints showing watercolor painting with words of inspiration {The first group of prints of the HAPPY THOUGHTS Collection}

I’ve hand selected the first prints of this collection. These prints are available in my Etsy Shoppe and will be available at my booth at Clothesline Arts Festival on September 12th and 13th.

The HAPPY THOUGHTS collection will grow and I am interested in hearing what quotes or sayings connect with you and you’d like see become a print.

Have a great weekend!

Imperfections Are Beautiful

by abby on January 6, 2014 | Comment

blue watercolor wash with script reading Where there is perfection there is no story to tell Ben Okri

I’m starting off the year with a confession. Ready? I’m a total perfectionist. Yep, I’m Type A and a perfectionist and an artist. This combo definitely drives me to achieve high goals and pushes to do my best daily, but it also can weigh me down a little when everything has to be perfect . Sometimes my fear stops me from trying a new technique or starting a project. So this year, I’m focusing on trusting myself and my abilities and just take the plunge into new art projects, new dance moves, new life adventures without over thinking things. More doing, less judging.

I have to be prepared that some of my paintings and drawings might be ugly or wonky, but in all those extra creative moments I experience I’m sure that will be bright spots! Besides, little imperfections are beautiful, right?. They make art and people unique and amazing. One of the reasons I love watercolor is the fact that you do have to let go a little and let the water and pigment take over.

Honestly, I’m a little scared, but I’m determined and ready for change.
Here I come 2014!

What is your new year’s goal or resolution?