Thursday, June 11, 2015

Song of the Sun [Sidewalk Chalk Things]

Hey guys!
First item of business: I spent many hours this week with my family and some sidewalk chalk. Here are some of the things I did/had a little help with from my little cousins/sister and some pictures of my process. I've been trying to get away from my usual mediums and it's really helped rekindle my relationship with art.
My favorite thing about sidewalk art is that people stop to watch you so you get to meet new friends! My least favorite thing is that the art isn't permanent so if it rains or gets driven/walked's gone :(
Second item of business: I don't know how many people this blog reaches beyond my meager 36 followers, but I have decided that I am going to try to be a little bit more personal in my posts.

 If you're here to only look at my art, that's fine. If you're here to only take my musical recommendations, that's fine too. But I hope that at least something I post will make a positive impact on you.
So, it's been a while since I've posted. I've still been making art sometimes. There are days that I am just hungry for making art, and then there are weeks at a time where the closest I get to real drawing is doodling hearts and flowers in my notebook.
I am going through a complete shift in my perspective and although it's been hard work, it's had a very positive impact on my life. I feel like I am finally making a change that I should have started making a long time ago. Before I go any further, I am gonna say this: I have depression and anxiety. Like, pretty bad.
Now, I am not saying that to get your sympathy. I know everyone has their own problems/trials that they are dealing with. The thing is that for many years I've almost willingly let myself be a victim of my problems. I've let myself think that my problems can't be fought or solved-- that things were just how they would always be. But finally in these past months, I've been becoming less of a victim. I am finally working with what I have-- I'm accepting my "flaws" instead of letting them defeat me.
In short, I am learning that it's okay to be imperfect, it's okay when things don't go as planned, and that I am never alone in my trials. I hope that you can learn and feel that, too.
Here are some things that helped me get started:
-This TED Talk
-This song

1 comment:

  1. Started that journey a couple years ago myself, finally opening my eyes up to the same struggles. It's not something that goes away (not yet at least) but I can assure you that the fight is worth it! I know there's like a billion self-help things out there and you didn't ask for recommendations, but a book that helped me was "Feeling Good" by Dr David Burns; it gave me a toolbox to pull from and helps me play the recognize-the-problem game (so I can actually know where the knot in my head is). Plus, it connects quite well with Brene Brown's work. Anyways, thanks for sharing and keep on creating -- your better self and your beautiful art! ^_^