​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. 

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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 

My main 2017 Resolution… 

   I’m on YouTube! I told myself this year will be the year I reach out in a different way. See my daily affirmation art process in action on my new Art channel on YouTube. I’m kinda nervous, but I’m using that as courage fuel! I know I can do this… It’s brand Spanking new, so YouTube lovers, art collectors, and all the in-between, check it out! Like and subscribe! Just hop on YouTube and search : OpaChi Artist. My goal is to post upload everyday (or every other day) since these are “daily affirmations. Hopefully this will be a bigger gateway to a brighter, more self sufficient life as well.  Enjoy. I’d Love to hear what you think. 😘 

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! ❤️

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: Focus

    

A doodle of my acrylic easel ❤️

   

    So, I was asked a few days ago what a good affirmation for focus is. There are so many to count – all made by the believer – but I do use a few myself. Focus is essential if you are trying to complete a task and just don’t have the feels for it, or your kids are giving you a long long account of their day… yes, focus is definitely needed there. Sometimes I’ll catch myself thinking of the Pokémon theme song in the middle of one of Chi’s shfills about a dream she had months ago.😏  She’s too cute.

Watercolor Love

   Focus has never been one of my strong suits. I mean, don’t get me wrong, once I’m going on a project, I’m in the Zone. I guess it’s more of a ‘focus-on-focusing’ thing? I don’t know. All I know, is it was getting in the way of my progress in this work-from-home-mom/artisan dream of mine. I believe when one is focused, they are absorbed in what they are doing. Almost to a point where you don’t even hear what’s going on around you. In the zone, baby! I love going there, but having a toddler can make that really hard. (Batman is a huge help when he’s home, but he works a lot.) 

So when I thought up one a few months back I wanted to make sure “absorbed” was in there somewhere. To invoke it within me every time I said it.

❤️Today’s affirmation: I am Absorbed by all that I do…❤️

Close your eyes and breathe the words in and out. It’s a great reminder to get back on track and just how important being on track means to you. It’ll reignite your goals in a different way, through your focus and drive. I know this, because it worked for me. Now, when my mind wanders (or I pick up my phone and start social surfing instead of working) , I snap back and say it. It gets me mentally back in line instantly. I think the more we say an affirmation, the faster it will come to work in your life. Mental reconditioning, if you will. I hope this helps even just one of you today.Do you have Focus affirmations that you say and would like to share?

Light and Love. L

 

 

 

Daily Affirmation Through Illustration : Play Your Cards Right

 So I’m sure we’re all familiar with a saying about life dealing you unknown cards. Some cards suck, and some are great. So, just play them as they come and do it with grave. Sometimes the best ideas and outcomes come from the worst of cards. 

❤️ Today’s Affirmation : I will play life’s cards with Grace❤️

Grace means to do something with elegance. So, if you don’t like a card your dealt, keep that smile plastered in to help you get through  it. Keep thinking positively because, as I said, sometimes, the BEST ideas or outcomes come from a bad card. You can see that situation and freak out, or take a deep breath and just see what happens. Make the best ‘feel good’ decision and go for it. Feeling good matters. It’s the gateway to getting the things you want in life. If anyone would like me to go deeper into why it matters, let me know. That topic deserves its own post. ☺️ I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Light and love. L.