Which feels better: “I have to do it” or “I choose to do it?” Because I don’t have to do this 30 day challenge. I don’t have to do most things in life. I don’t have to eat healthy or pay my bills or be nice to people or clean the house or practice meditation.
Most of the time, I choose to do these things, or at least some of them. I’m choosing to do this 30 day challenge because I want to prioritize creativity in my day. I’m choosing to keep at it because I want to see what happens.
If I think to myself, “Ugh. I have to go draw right now because I said I would” it feels like a chore. Like an imposition from some external place. Like following a diet or an organization plan. Like it’s not my choice.
But if I think to myself, “Yay! I’m taking care of myself by prioritizing my creativity and playing with colors and paper and seeing what happens! I can’t wait!” – now that feels much better.
I can believe either thought. They both go with the circumstance of taking on a 30 day challenge. I’m picking the second one. And check out what I can do when I give myself 30 minutes of play with paper!
I was inspired by this artist’s work that I cut out and put in a notebook years ago. I think I’m going to do something similar with my picture of two cardinals that I copied out of Peterson’s bird book. Lately I’m into copying (not tracing – just copying to get the main gist) from something already two-dimensional. That’s what feels fun.
And here’s a view from my grass time spot. These little Mexican petunias look a little like crinkly tissue paper after all the rain.