Drawing is often a meditation for me - it gives me time to feel what I need to feel and focus on where my heart needs to go. I gave myself time to take part in Kara Melendy’s full moon Facebook tapping session and the words ‘soul aligned action’ really resonated with me. It reminded me of Eckhart Tolle and ‘The Power of Now’ - that there really only is the now. It’s so easy to push ourselves beyond what we need in the moment - we are thinking that we ‘should’ or we ‘need’ to do it. For me that manifests as working a lot and not taking time for myself. I am beginning to realise that if I look after myself, I am going to be much more effective when I do my work. Anyway, this picture helped me to set my intention and I intend to listen to my body and intuition a lot more from now on.
I’ve just had a month of Make Art That Sells Editorial course and it’s been a lot of fun. There is something about Mats and being part of a community that makes the process really addictive and reassuring. There are so many fantastic artists that take part, many of them professional and resented by top agent Lilla Rogers herself. It makes me feel part of something and there is a lot of inspiration!
Editorial illustration covers all the images you see in magazines and newspapers and can provide interesting and challenging work. I really enjoyed learning some techniques on how to break down the conceptual process and also different ways of presenting your work.
I now feel empowered to start building my portfolio and start approaching editors. It’s going to take a little while, but at least I know the steps now. I’m really interested in areas such as spirituality, wellness and the environment and want to focus on those topics.
I was listening to the Kelly Trach podcast the other day, which is generally about finances (something that I am constantly having to adjust my mindset about) and was surprised to hear a conversation about manifesting and moon phases. It was totally my kind of thing and so affirming.
While Kelly Trach was talking to Jordanna Levin about raising your self worth they discussed how everything in nature has an active phase and a resting phase. You can see this in terms of the waxing and waning moon and also the inhale and exhale of the breath.
It reminded me of how important it is to stop with all the constant effort and how to focus on your own vibration. I think that sometimes we push beyond what is healthy in an attempt to be more successful. We learn from an early age that you have to try hard and that hard work is rewarded.
It’s a tricky mindset to shift, but I do know that art is energy and if you are in a bad mood then your art will have some of that vibration in it. I haven’t felt very well this month - I have been getting the same cough and cold over and over and so the permission I felt to let go was huge. It felt so life affirming to know that rest is part of the process and that I should embrace it rather than just try to push through the resistance.
I’ve been watching She’s Gotta Have it on Netflix - a Spike Lee joint - and loving this tale of a black female artist in Brooklyn. Nola Darling is such a strong character, but I love her passion for her art and culture. I love the music and how real it feels. It’s so good to see stories about artists living in the real world and the struggles they face in terms of authenticity and surviving. None of it is easy!
The struggle is worthwhile though. More and more I am finding the world to be such an amazing place. There is so much that makes me despair, but I feel that my work is not to go there, but to focus on things that bring hope and magic to the world.
I’m looking forward to learning more about myself as I let go and open up to the opportunities that the universe has waiting for me.
Much love. 💕