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Anxiety is my motivation to make art.

Posting this weeks post early due to have just sold an artwork that took a lot of mental energy and time. Normal Monday and Thursday schedule will be back next week. I am going to talk about my next couple of projects. Then go into this week's blog post.

Projects are finishing the dress, a book sleeve for personal use, some paint projects, and working on my new writing project.

I created my YouTube channel in July and now I started doing vlogs along with my art videos. New videos go up every Monday.

Today I will be creating a certificate of authenticity for an artwork I sold yesterday. Also doing a sales receipt.

Hard at work on my new writing project typing up the handwritten version now. Plan to make that also into a vlog.

I going to post an older blog post that I want to re share.

This is from November 2019.

Feeling anxiety knocking at your door but you don’t to answer it. Change your mindset think of your coping skills maybe say your mantra a few times. Remember anxiety only has the power that you give it. So do your best to ignore it and focus on the task at hand. What I mean is to write it down on a sticky note or in a notebook where you keep thoughts for other tasks that aren’t what you are current doing. Basically, telling your anxiety I will give attention to blah blah blah at this time.

Work on your hobbies or passions but the most important thing I’ve learned is not to dwell in the negative emotions. For me this means journal or keeping my hands busy i.e. making art. If you like to color but you’re not too great at drawing, try coloring pages or color by number. I will give you an example I printed out this rose color by number and did swatches for the colors wanted to use. Then set a number by them and color it.

I not too long ago wrote a blog post about how the theories behind color by number coloring pages and how it does help with relaxation and calming the mind. I will give the link here if you want to expand more into the thought:

Sometimes I will do a type of artist style mediation where pick a coloring page and I sit with a notebook next to me. As I am coloring if my brain wanders, I allow it to for a minute or so before I jot down the thought and then sat it back aside. This allows me to stay focused on the one task give it my attention instead of doing something else then feeling like it I need to rush and finish the task I first started.

As I have been learning to doing some self-therapy techniques, I have found that making art does a lot of good for me and the way my mind works. (THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU SHOULDN’T SEEK THERAPY IF YOU NEED IT. I have just found that I can manage my mental health by myself without needing a therapist and that’s my choice.) I really don’t always plan to go super deep with my life issues, but I feel as a person trying to use my experience both positive and negative a certain bit of transparency is needed.

This week I had a transformational moment as an artist. I sketched out this lotus flower in a landscape. I colored it and all of that. Once I finished it, I wasn’t 100% sure I though it was good. Then I thought about it for a few days and decided that not everything we as artists make is going to be something, we fall in love with at first sight. That doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love it and find it amazing or wonderful. This for me is a moment to learn to step outside of my comfort zone and let others have their opinion. So here I will share it with you.

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