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

World watercolor month Day 11 :Art Journal Entry

 Here’s a ‘summer veiw’ of last a trip to My mom’s. Wish we could have stayed longer. It was nice. Today’s warm-up watercolor became me playing Catch-up as well. 😁 Such is life. Scribbles and bad handwriting actually look pretty good together. Lol. ❤️

  I can’t be the only one who finds sloppiness kinda cool. 😳

World watercolor month Art challenge!Days 1-4

In case you haven’t noticed,  I am currently not very good at keeping consistent. So I decided to join the art challenge for July just to work on that. I have to, if I want to overcome some fears and conquer them. So, here’s day 1-7!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4
I’m having a ball so far. But I am finding the challenge in keeping up to be pretty strong. I wear many hats in my house. I’ll just leave it there. I still believe if keep at this, it’ll only benefit be in the end. 

  Wish me luck… 

​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

Night Owl Chronicles 

 A little “Night Sky”  practice for one of my current commisions. I couldn’t sleep and the kids are so congested, all I hear is sniffling and attempts to breathe during those sniffs coming our of their room. . Poor babies. Batman is still working, so why not I?! Lol! I’m in love with making night skies. That’s not weird, right? Happy creating, all. 

What do you do when you can’t sleep? 

Oh, commissions are currently open. I have three now, no biggies. I’m ready to take on even more. 

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 : 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. ❤️