There are things that can make us smile, give us inspiration and motivation for our next day. Sometimes it is a sentence we overheard on our morning commute to work, a page we read in our favourite blog, a beautiful picture we just looked at, an act of spontaneity, or an act of kindness. Never Stop Dreaming is a series of artwork that aims at bringing a little bit of joy to our lives.
Never Stop Dreaming Art Series
Some time back I started drawing women in beautiful attire enjoying some special moment. I don’t know why but drawing these images helped me feel better and more joyful. Perhaps I imagined myself in such a moment, free from worries, feeling the lightness of being, dancing at night in the city square, skipping along a forest path in the moonlight. 🙂 So I kept drawing them.
Initially, there were pencil sketches, then I used ink. I was experimenting with simple sketches and also doing detailed drawings. Of course, I could not resist using color! So then I turned the sketches and drawings into digital colorful images. One of them was on my Happy New Year card. 🙂
As I was sharing them on Facebook and Instagram they had a very nice engagement. People started asking if they could buy the pictures. So some of the pictures are now available as Art Prints in my online shop. I made them also part of a Printable Calendar 2018 that is available for purchase. And some of the pencil and ink drawings you can buy as a small Adult Coloring Book.
The original pencil sketches
Who also influenced my images
There are two authors and their thoughts that influenced me and my artwork most.
Brené Brown – a researcher, storyteller and author of Daring Greatly
Her official line: “I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. I’m the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness.”
– Brené Brown
I read her book Daring Greatly and I can only recommend it. Its message is perfectly summarized on Bookreads: “It offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.”
Julia Cameron – the author of Artist’s Way
“THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron is not exclusively about writing—it is about discovering and developing the artist within whether a painter, poet, screenwriter or musician—but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It’s about learning to pay attention.”
–Anne Lamott, Mademoiselle
From reading the books and applying some ideas and suggestions that resonate with me I can recommend few things that I find very helpful when feeling blue or down. Some of those are also reflected in the pictures.
Things to do when you feel blue:
- Take time for yourself. We are always busy. There is always somebody who needs us. But we also need us. Sometimes we need time just for ourselves. And when we don’t have it for a longer period of time, we can suffer from that. So please go and have that time purely for yourself.
- Do something new, unexpected or something you always wanted to do. Dance, paint, sing. Do not keep postponing. Do it now. You might be scared of trying it. But we live only once. So fuck scared.
- You are beautiful. You are enough. The way you are, you are beautiful. There is nothing you need to prove about your looks and about who you are. You are good. You are beautiful.
- Go into NATURE. It heals. Walk in a park, through a forest, along the river. Run if you can. Touch the leaves. Embrace the trees. Lie on the grass in summer. Watch the clouds as they move slowly across the sky. Look up at the stars at night.
- Exercise. Yoga, swimming, walking. 🙂 Those are mine but it can be any kind of exercise.
- Visit a new place. It can be a new city, a new country or a new local cafe. Look around. Breath in the atmosphere, take notice of the people, look at the colors around you, listen to the sounds and the noise that is coming from outside, register the scents of the place.
- Last but not the least – share, be with someone close – a good friend, a spouse, a soulmate, – someone you trust, and share with him or her your worries, your plans, your dreams. Hug. Or not hug if you are not a hugger. But be with him. Be with her. And talk and share. Sit in silence. Watch a movie together. Drink a glass of wine. Cry if you need to. It is all good. We need to be together. We need to be with someone. Take care.