Artist on a Mission – Getting your feet underneath you

Here’s nine suggestions for when life goes a little crazy. 

  1. It’s ok to sit and stare out the window.  Madeleine  L’Engle in her book “Walking on Water” talks about the importance of “being” time. It’s like the time when you were in elementary school and you would lose yourself staring out the window. Not even thinking of anything. Just being.
  2. If you’re kicked out of your routine, try something artistic outside of your routine. If you usually paint, then sketch in a sketchbook. Write in a journal. 
  3. Start small. If you have a big project looming, do a small painting to warm up and get back into the mode. 
  4. If you have a deadline looming, start on that first thing in the morning. Putting it off won’t make it any easier. 
  5. Have hope. Write down where you want to head in the future. Trust that there is a future. 
  6. Take advantage of social distancing. If you are in a house with grandkids, share some artwork with them. 
  7. Feed your soul. Take some time to look for blessings around you. Open the windows and listen for a bird song. Listen to a devotional. 
  8. Feed your creative side. Listen to a podcast, Study some paintings from a favorite artist. 
  9. Set up a routine. Get up at the same time. Exercise.  Meditate or pray what ever gets you in touch with the spiritual side to start your day. Read something uplifting and dive into your work. 

A couple of the blog posts I enjoy are Three Point Perspective with Jake Parker, Will Terry and Lee White and Illustration Department with Giuseppe Castellano. And the Brigham Young University Hawaiihas some great devotionals.

Here is a link to one of my you tube demos:  

About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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4 Responses to Artist on a Mission – Getting your feet underneath you

  1. grandmapal says:

    Thanks Sherry! I like your list of ideas to do. I have a problem of having so much that I want to do that it is hard to pick what to do. I’m taking several webinars often, to keep up on my knowledge of when the Family History center opens up again, and I can continue my mission there.

    On Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 7:25 AM SherryMeidell’sTeetertotterTales wrote:

    > Sherry Meidell posted: ” Here’s nine suggestions for when life goes a > little crazy. It’s ok to sit and stare out the window. Madeleine L’Engle > in her book “Walking on Water” talks about the importance of “being” time. > It’s like the time when you were in elementary school an” >

    • Hey Pal. I’ve been teaching a watercolor class remotely for BYU Hawaii. It’s been high adventure trying to del with technology. I also seem to always have many ideas for art projects. Something always seems to bubble to the top of the list.

  2. Beth Ashdown says:

    Hi Sherry Did you think I was lost? Are you still on a mission? I know you’re at home . How’s things? The Senior Center is closed I was going to have the paint class at the cabin , but the virus went up so I cancelled. I am keeping busy. I have a big yard and I like to do things in the yard, but I have a bad back and not suppose to bend over. Everyone really likes the painting that you gave me and I do too. THANKS. Love Beth

    On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 7:25 AM SherryMeidell’sTeetertotterTales wrote:

    > Sherry Meidell posted: ” Here’s nine suggestions for when life goes a > little crazy. It’s ok to sit and stare out the window. Madeleine L’Engle > in her book “Walking on Water” talks about the importance of “being” time. > It’s like the time when you were in elementary school an” >

    • Hey Beth, so good to hear from you. We are still on our mission. We are teaching remotely for BYU Hawaii. I’m sorry you are not able to teach at the senior center. Life is a bit crazy right now. I’m glad you are keeping busy and I hope that you are getting a bit of painting in. It’s been fun to teach the students watercolors.

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