Chase your dreams

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Last year my horse mad 6 yr old Granddaughter asked me to do a painting of a unicorn for her 7th birthday present. I was a little nervous about a unicorn as my subject matter but what developed through the painting was a thought of what I would want her to know if I wasn’t around to tell her.
What would I say was important in life if I had to say it simply and clearly.
Life I believe is made of many highs and lows and you can never truly stop there being both in your life. To try to keep all bad things from happening, is like trying to hold back the tide.
No I would rather try to remember, that even when there are hard times, they can be survived and there will be good times again. Don’t get me wrong I am no Pollyanna I have seen or helped people through some dark times, but if you look for a dream,a hope that there will be better times you tend to find them. The first thing I would want to tell her is to chase her dreams, not in a corny go out kid and chase your dreams but in a clear know who you are and what you want in all parts of your life. So when things get tough you will have a path to follow to see the glimmer of hope. That can make all the difference when you are in the low points, knowing there is hope, when it is hard to see. That if you hold on to the dream of having a happy life you can create the reality and be happy chasing that dream. Why do I think this is a dream and not a goal? because goals have a deadline a finish date, achieve this goal by this date… etc, but our dreams tend to be things that are organic and change and move with us. One of my most important and cherished dreams is to have a happy fulfilled life and that is something I chase and achieve everyday.
It is not a goal that I will wait till the end to measure, nor is it a goal that has defined parameters, some times I am happy when I don’t get what I want. Because I got something or someone else and I am experienced enough to know I can respect the day as it is.

I wrote the key words of what I wanted for her to know in gold paint in the drips I deliberately let run off the paper. Because I think that is an important key to happiness. Finding the meaningful people and things in the mess or accidental moments. Then building your life on that foundation.

What do you think is important in life?

This painting and message was for her but if in some small way it is of use to you please take it and chase your dreams. xx Allie

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The words I wrote were these:

BE CREATIVE, in your own way.
Spend time with FRIENDS and those who love you, for they will strengthen you.
Always LOVE YOURSELF, not in a conceited way, but from your own truth and honesty.
Be quick to share LOVE everyone needs it, and it will not run out.
Free your IMAGINATION, it will not survive in constraints, not yours or others.
RESPECT all and everything will be your teacher and guide.
LEARN  from every mistake and from every situation and you will always see a gift you can take from it.
DREAM BIG, then put one foot after the other on your journey to get there.
THERE IS ONLY ONE YOU, don’t compare yourself to others, it waste your time and kill your courage.
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, especially when its hard, don’t give up. Ask for help, it will come.
MAGIC HAPPENS everyday, look for it and you will see it.
When others can’t see it for themselves give HOPE for when given, hope grows.

Above all remember everyday:
YOU ARE SPECIAL, and needed in this world.
YOU ARE LOVED,by many, let it start with yourself.
YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART,as I am in yours.
SO WE ARE NEVER ALONE.
XX Nana

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Day 28 Was about reflection.

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I didnt draw today, I spent time writing instead. I normally do morning pages and free writting and due to my before breakfast drawings I haven’t been doing any writting this month. So today I spent some time with my fountain pen and reflected on my work so far. Interesting result which you will see before the end of the month. There have been other mornings when all I wanted to do was write but I pushed on with my drawings… no regrets… funny side effect though, I have found my dyslexia has been more evident in my daily work. Not a scientific study mind you, but I have struggled more than normal and I wonder if the lack of writing has had an impact on my thought and speach patterns? Most of the time you wouldn’t notice my challenge but the last couple of weeks have been more obvious.  Never mind I have never let it get in my way before, and now I have another incentive to do my daily creative pages. I look foward to writing more in June.
I will just have to juggle both art and the pen. Xx Allie

Day 17. Choices, choices, choices.

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Drawing Kaka Parrot.

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New Zealand Kaka Parrot

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Sanford papers

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Grey and tan options

Day 17 is full of choices.
If I felt inspired to draw?
What to draw? Then finaly what to draw on? Because it is Sunday today I didn’t get up early as I usually do and when I did drag myself out of bed I did housework and studio cleaning and maintenance first. When I sat down to do the 1hr daily drawing, I was just to tired and uninspired. There was a moment where I tried to justify not doing it and I dragged out what to draw for far too long. In the end I realised that to not do my drawing would be letting myself down and would not help me to reach my learning goals. Also to push through the uninspired fuzz is always a good motivational exercise.
I chose the New Zealand Kaka, a bush (forrest) parrot. Cheeky smart birds that are a special treat to see. I have now got the choice of grey or tan Sanford paper, I love them both. The tan has a wonderful warmth behind the graphite. The grey is also fantastic. The paper is medium grade, I highly recommend them go all artist to try. So I got there in the end …. I do realise that I am extremely lucky to have so many choices in the first place. I hope you enjoy the coming week.
Xxx Allie

Day 15. Grace and elegance.

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Day 15. Was a much easier day and drawing experience. I stuck to the now established routine and made sure to have chosen the picture to draw
the night before. I have descovered that unless I do keep to the routine, 
get up on time, stick to time limit have everything ready . It is not a relaxing and enjoying time.  Enjoy todays drawing the North Island Kokako.
They are one of my favorite birds. Full of grace and elegance with a beautiful haunting song. Thank-you for your support with following my work and artistic endevours it is extremely encouraging.
Xx Allie

Day 14. Bad hair day!

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Day 14 Was absolutely a bad hair day!
I struggled with the foreshortening of this little creasted penguins beak and stopping him looking in a bad mood or crazy. This was a symptom of my day with bugs falling from nowhere on my hand whilst drawing (namely a large bush cockroach) to seeing a peacock walking along the motorway.  To my day at work which was one event after another. All of which was a little nuts, flat out busy and stranger than fiction. But I finally have time to post this and am now heading out of the office and home. Fingers crossed nothing else strange happens. So here is todays picture, not my best, but still a sucess because I got it done before breakfast, bad hair and all. Xx Allie

Day 13 Sink or Swim

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Day 13. Is a New Zealand Hector’s Dolphin. I almost  gave up  on my drawing today. I have been busy at work and other projects, which resulted in being very tired this morning and struggling with and against my drawing. In my tired fazzeled state I felt like it wasn’t working. But in the end I think the cuteness of the subject matter helped to ease my concerns. I definatley took too long on my value choices. the lighter incomplete picture was at the 1hour mark, when I am supposed to stop. I took longer by almost double to finish. I was working against myself most of the way. Have you ever felt that you are out of sync with your artwork? It was a sink or swim moment and I am glad I stuck it out and didnt just let myself give up today. Hope all is going well with your artistic endevours.
Xx Allie.

Day 10. Loss and Love.

Today is the first Mothers Day without Mum here. In the studio I had time to think and reflect on what I have lost. Thankfully my heart didn’t seatle there. I remembered how much I was Loved, and how many and much we Loved her. Thats what makes life all worth it, thoes you #LOVE. Day 10. Is Love. I used liquid graphite, pencil and white conte on Strathmore paper. Is it perfect ..no ..but love is. Happy Mothers Day. Don’t forget to share the love today, thats what its for. Xx Allie

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New Zealand Fur Seal and cub.