Wake Up, Plan, Conquer 

This my motto for the week. ☺️ I struggled with staying positive about my work for a long time. That struggle turned into laziness and laziness is the gateway to downward habits that get me no where with my dreams. Here’s a watercolor snippet from my current art journal entry. 

  The laziness that almost took over had me questioning ALL of my decisions at one point. I was bringing in promising clients and would go all out with designs and concept sketches just to get: “Oh, I love them! I’ll let you know which one I want soon.” but ‘soon’ sometimes, wouldn’t come. It bothered me. I spent time to create and get nothing back? That can’t be fair. What if… 

“Am I doing the right thing?” “Maybe people don’t like my illustrations…” “I hope my family doesn’t suffer because of me.” 

All bad thoughts… 

Then one day, a few weeks ago, I had to stop those questions in my head and remind myself WHY I started in the first place. It wasn’t to be popular. It wasn’t to be rich. I started because I love to draw. Always have. Remembering something so simple, was the kind of wake up call I needed to stop the downward spiral of laziness that would only lead to giving up – something I’ve never done before.

   So I made my dream a priority again. I wake up early, meditate and have my coffee. Then, even if I don’t have an idea yet, I work. It’s getting easier to not overthink during my ‘conquer’ phase. Without those thoughts, I can’t talk myself out of anything. It’s a great feeling. 

   I continue to share my work. Not for others, but for myself. If I let my love and graditude show in my work, others will see that love and some will be compelled to reach out to me. That’s where the finance fun will truely begin. All in all, my faith is stronger than my fears. 

                                          Light and Love

​Daily Affirmation: Proud / Work in Progress Painting


So, I’m working on Day 3 of affirmation speed paint video. I just wanted to show the shimmer on this metallic watercolor paint Batman got me a few years ago. I think it’s freakin cool. 

 How proud of you are you? Have you EVER said it to yourself? I bet I know the answer to that. It’s very very easy to take ourselves for granted. I know for me, I’m my worst critic. But I believe if we want better for ourselves, it starts from within. 

❤️ Today’s Affirmation : I am proud of me❤️ 

 I said this to myself while driving the other day. And got teary-eyed. It was the weirdest thing. I wasn’t expecting that at all. But it felt so good to hear. I felt weak for a second, but more than that, I felt stronger within myself. So I CHALLENGE YOU to tell yourself that you are proud of you. I would love to hear how it went. And keep an eye our for this speed painting on my youtube channel (OpaChi Artist ) later on today. 

30 Days of Affirmation Art day 2: Ready

  

30 Days of Affirmation Day 2 posted! I hope you enjoy watching the process as much as I do making it. But more then that, I really hope these Affirmations help you get through this thing called ‘life’. YouTube : OpaChi Artist  to watch the full time-lapse video. ❤️ or just click Right Here 

Daily Affirmation : Ready and Willing.. 


   Good morning, early birds and night owls! So, we all have goals. I’m. Sure of it. And sometimes, we fall short of those goals for a thousand different reasons. Unfortunately, none of those reasons matter. When you fall down, you get back up and keep trying. Staying in a “forever ready” attitude could mean the difference between finally completing your goals and getting stuck in the cycle of ‘try again’. Seriously, you can’t expect to do your best the 10th time around if you are doubting or dreading that reset. 

 ❤️ Today’s Affirmation : I AM READY ❤️

 Be ready and stay that way. The build-up of enthusiasm (being ready) may be exactly what you need to help you achieve those goals every time. It really doesn’t matter if you fall short. It’s going to happen sometimes. What matters is what you do next. So, I ask you. Are you READY? 

    When I first started drawing as an adult, this (⬆️⬆️) was all I thought I could do. Sketches for Artisan works of mine. I didn’t have a lick of confidence in myself. I seriously thought I was wasting my own time. But it felt right, somehow? If felt like I was disappointing the world by not trying. Eventually, after falling many times, I got better… 

… And better still… 

Placing me at a point where I can say I’m well on my way to NOT  sucking. You too can stay ready and tackle any thought that tells you otherwise. Stay ready with enthusiasm and watch the change in outcome. It’ll blow your mind. Light and Love. L

Daily Affirmation : Work In Progress

    This is a rough draft and color test for a bigger painting I’m working on. I ended up really liking it and framed it to see. Yeah, I think I’ll finish this “rough draft” eventually and see where it leads. But the big painting will have her in different colors. This is the beginning of yet, another OpaChi chapter in my life. My New Year is all about making my name mean something in the artist/artisan world. 

 🎀Today’s Affirmation : I am The New Year🎀 

Now, this isn’t about being or acting snooty or big headed. It’s about helping yourself believe that you ARE important enough. YOU Do matter, as we all do. So why not share your gifts with the world and watch it explode with passion for you and themselves? Do you see how that works? Positivity is just as contagious as negativity can seem to be. Sometimes seeing someone do something brave is all that’s needed to unlock your own passion. 

I have a friend who purchased this ⬆️⬆️ art from me. She said my posts have made her want to draw and she loves it. It’s “so relaxing”, as she put it. To me, that was more rewarding then the sale…. But the sale was nice too. Let 2017 be the start of your never ending story. Never stop learning and never give up on your goals and dreams. 

What’s your new years resolutions? Are they believable and doable for you? 

Happy new years, everyone. Light and love. L 

Daily Affirmation Art :The Force 


First off, R.I.P Carrie Fisher. 😢 In honor of her amazing life on earth, I did a caricature of her. 

❤️ Today’s Affirmation : The Force is with me Always ❤️ 

To me, the force is another way of saying something within you that you cling to all the time. Especially during tough times. The force could be thoughts of what keeps you going. Your reminder for why what do what you do. It could be thoughts of the dreams and goals you are currently striving for. The people in your life that you work hard for. Like Chi, the force is anything and everything positive in your life that pushes you to go just ‘one more day’.

 So what is your driving force? What keeps you going further then you did the day before? I hope everyone is having a great week. ❤️

Daily Affirmation Art : Holly Jolly! 


 So , why Jolly? Well, it’s definitely a Christmas-y themed word. But I don’t mean “Ho ho ho” Jolly (I just wanted to draw Santa), I mean the kind of Jolly that makes you feel all warm and loved inside. Still not with me? Okay, close your eyes and think of something, someone, or some act that brings you pure joy at first thought… You feel that? Yep, nice and Jolly. 😆

🎄❤️ Today’s Affirmation : Today, I Am Jolly🎄❤️ 

Choose happiness over irritation today. Choose Joy over anger –  even when you get cut off in traffic. No need to take that personally. Some people are just born jerks. That doesn’t mean you have to be and it definitely doesn’t mean it has to ruin your whole day. So, remember this one for today or feel free to share your own Affirmation for today in the comments. Light and live, TGIF! ❤️

When an Affirmation won’t come to you… 

     Today was one of those days where it really felt like I woke up on the wrong side. I turned my day around with Batman’s help, but I still didn’t keep an Affirmation for the day. So, since my brain was elsewhere, I leave you with this watercolor painting I did in my calender and a “fill in the blank” for today. Did you have an Affirmation that you said throughout today? I’d love to hear it. 

I’m not sure why my day tried to go south. Maybe because I didn’t have my Affirmation to start the day. Life is like that sometimes. And during those times, the best thing we can do is stop and give some gratitude for something. It helps me remember that things could definitely be worse. Goodnight, everyone. L. ❤️

Daily Affirmation : Life, the gift

 

5 More Days (including christmas)!!! I swear I’m as excited as Danielle. Emma is 2, so she’s just excited to spin the ornaments on the tree when I’m not looking.

 ❤️🎄️Today’s Affirmation : The Best Gift Is Life🎄❤️ 

It’s easy to get caught up in the goings on of life that we may not realize we are just “going through the motions” and not really “living” it. It’s so easy. Trust me, I know. Take a few steps back every now and then today and just breathe in all that’s around you. Even in tough moments (I had three today), remembering to breathe instead of spaz gets me through it quicker then suffering in silence. We are alive. We can make choices and do fun things and hard things and all the in between things. Life… ‘Nuff said. ❤️

Daily Affirmation : Cheerful Artist

  So, being that Christmas is just 6 days away (yay!), I decided to make this week’s affirmations holiday themed and meaningful. Today was a great day. I caught up with family, and spent time with loved ones. I even snuck in a little commissioned work. I’m feeling blessed and cheerful for sure. Even in the down moments, I keep smiling. 

❤️Today’s Affirmation : I am full of Cheer ❤️ 

Keep that cheerful light burning within you all the way to Christmas. With or without gifts, and no matter your religion, you can’t deny the power of warmth that comes with this holiday season. The kind of warmth you suffer through the year for. I lost my taste for true Christmas when I was a kid. Batman brought my love back. I feel like a kid again, watching those packages come here and knowing what’s in it is for me. Life rocks. 

Happy Monday/Tuesday! (Its midnight, here) ❤️ Let see how amazing we can make this week. Light and love. L