Warm up Sketch of the day

* Warm Ups * My Triangle characters. 😻🤓 I tried to come up with as many illustrations within 30 minutes. Fun work before work fun helps me out when my brain is still trying to wake up. ❤️ 

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: 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. 

Daily Affirmation thru Illustration : Unavoidable Mondays

     

    It’s Monday again. I know , I know, but hear me out. We are here, so we  may as well make the best of it, right? It seems on Mondays, the entire human race is cranky and unhappy. I think we all have a problem with letting the weekend go. Especially Sunday –  our day of rest. But be mindful of your thoughts at all times. Thoughts create things, so if you wake up and start your day, cranky, it’ll only continue since that’s the signal you are sending out to the universe. So, today’s Affirmation to combat this emotional warfare is the simplest thing you can say, that works the best. 

 ❤️ Daily Affirmation : Peace, be still ❤️ 

   Such a simple phrase yet at any given moment, it could be the very phrase that saves your day or stops you in your tracks when you feel a swear building in the back of your throat for the driver who cut you off on the road… again . This morning while taking my oldest, Chi, to school, I was cut off. I got mad but only because I was still so tired. Still, since I didn’t check myself emotionally, it happened two more times before I made it to the school.😒  The school is a three minute drive up the road. I had to check myself. I was spiraling down the wrong rabbit🐰 hole  and I knew it would only get more frustrating. Once I said the Affirmation, it didn’t matter what happend to me. I was blind  to the stupidity of others because I changed my focus. Sure enough, nothing else happend. 

   When you feel anger, irritation, sadness, or just overwhelmed, say this Affirmation. Take deep breaths and say it (eyes closed or open). You’ll feel at peace so fast, you won’t remember why you were mad to begin with. L. 

Daily Affirmation : Beyond the Galaxies to success

   Batman told me “No housework today. You need a day off too.” I’m stubborn, but he got a quiet “okay” from me. So, I’ll be happily painting and gaming today!! 

    I painted so much yesterday, I was dreaming of color blending. I woke up shocked because I never remember my dreams but I’m so happy it was about something I love… I believe once you dream in sleep what you dream awake, you’ve reached a whole new spaceship to success. 

   NOTICE, I said “spaceship”… It’s only up from here, baby. ❤️

 ❤️❤️Today’s Affirmation : I will make my dreams a reality❤️❤️ 

Do you remember your dreams? Have they ever inspired you to keep going? Dream bigger? 

Last Week @ a Glance (nov 28-Dec 4) / Daily Affirmation 

    Artist mom life… Check out the quote I wrote for this week. 🤓 what does this mean to you? To me? Well, celebrate every success, big and small, but don’t linger there and think you’ll still grow closer to your goals. If you aren’t careful, in a blink of an eye, you could be working your way from the bottom up again. It happens, trust me. Always keep it moving forward. 
❤️ Daily Affirmation: I will always keep moving forward❤️

I’m getting better at balancing housework and my art work. It’s Not Easy but totally doable. The only frustration is finding some time during the day (other than 6am) to work peacefully. 

  Having this little booger floating around while I’m focused is ridiculous and hard. She’s the little ninja of the house. Silent, quick, and curious. Bad combinations. Still, I’m figuring this all out. I’ll let you k of if I come up with a surefire plan. ❤️

   I think I’m getting another calender for Christmas. I hope so. I’m going all crazy on it! I don’t know, I’m such a sucker for keeping track, colorful pens, and… Stickers…. Don’t judge me. 😌 

How about you? Are you a calender keeper? Do you have to balance art and kids?

                   L. 

Daily Affirmation in Line Art for ☺️


 So, I know we’re (maily) grown ups or getting there. But I’m a big believer in learning and knowing that there is always something you can learn. My difficulty, drawing hands. But I’m also learning new crafts to sell, watercolors, and making my skill better all around. ❤️Today’s Affirmation : I will never stop learning❤️ Happy Sunday, all. Light and love.