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Notebooks galore

Have I told you that I have a notebook addiction? Well, I guess it's out now, huh!??! And these are only just a few of the many notebooks/sketchbooks that I own. And I really do use them for everything. Sketching, testing color blending, journaling and even to do lists.  

It's an obsession of sorts, however, I have to admit, only on a few occasions have I actually finished an entire sketchbook. Journaling & to-do lists however, well that was an entirely different story. I could fill those bad boys up like no bodies business. I'm not sure why that was and I just gave up trying to figure that one out.

But then, I discovered Bullet Journaling & Sketchnotes, and that was all it took for me! I've adopted my own way of making these techniques work for me, (which I will share in future posts), but now I have no difficulty filling up each and every notebook that I start. I now combine to do lists, journaling and sketching all in one. Something so simple, yet it changed things for me entirely. I think my favorite thing about doing it this way is that I can go back and pull out a notebook from any given month and see what I was thinking, doing, sketching and working on at that time.  It's actually pretty sweet!

 

 

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It's a journey

Everyone loves to go behind the scenes. Me included. There is something about getting a behind the scenes look, especially into a fellow artists studio, that just puts an extra pep in my step and provides me with some added inspiration. To not only ooh and aah, over their art supplies and their artist space, but to also watch their process and to perhaps see what they are working on. It's just down right fun.

Most of us are nosey people by nature. I know I certainly am. So, I'm going to let you nosey in on my life. Not just into my studio, my pencil and notebook addiction, or to give you an inside peek as to what I'm working on, but also to the ins and outs of my daily life as a working artist. Along the way I hope that at some point you will laugh. That you will smile.  And at times you will be inspired. Inspired to say yes to your dreams.

I'm not exactly sure what inspired me to finally say yes to mine. For as long as I can remember, I've always had a dream of being a full time working artist. I know my dad was and still is a HUGE source of encouragement and is without a doubt my biggest cheerleader. But I think really, at some point, I simply said. "You know what. The heck with it. Let's just try it and see what happens." Don't get me wrong, I am definitely still a work in progress, but I will say this. It's one of the best decisions I have ever made and I've never looked back.

For me, this quote totally sums it up perfectly. . .

"The biggest mistake that people make in life, is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy." - Malcolm Forbes

 

 

This is how my desk looks most mornings.

This is how my desk looks most mornings.

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