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Willing to Create

Willing to Create

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When someone asks you are you willing to do…… how do you answer?  Is it with an attitude such as well alright, with pleasure or no sooner said than done? Or is it more often that  you are willing to do but say that “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  What would you mean by this last phrase?

I think we all recognize that this phrase comes from the Bible, Matthew 26:41 to be exact.  So, fast forward to modern times and apply it to your life today.

Here are 3 ways to end the conflict between being willing  to be creative and accomplish your dreams but,  just not able to silence your negative inner spirit. Continue Reading »

Are you someone that just can’t seem to find time for painting with watercolors? Even though you think this would be a wonderful experience? Have you thought about art lessons on line.

Do you spend your valuable time wishing that you had “spent more time doing the things your heart desires?

Do you wish you could go back in time to accomplish more with your artistic abilities?

Do you long for a program that can get you started immediately toward saying “Yes” to learning to paint with watercolor?

I want to tell you that there is such a program available and it’s free. Free because I, as the watercolor artist and teacher want to give back for all the times someone has so generously given me advice and instructions. I don’t want to look back with regrets that I didn’t do enough to help my fellow artists reach their potential.

In this program you start with learning how to buy a watercolor palette, this lesson is followed by learning which watercolor paper to use, and why. Next how to buy brushes etc, etc. You learn by following the lesson each week for 52 weeks, with just a few minutes of your precious time.

Each week there is a recommended video and its link to help you better understand the lesson and to teach you new skills. You will be able to instantly download these lessons and begin to learn to paint right away.

This program shows you how easy it is to use art lessons on line and how you will quickly find the time to learn to paint with watercolor.

No matter what your age is, NOW is the time to learn to paint with watercolor and enjoy all the wonderful paintings you will learn to paint. Paintings can be large or small, you can even paint your own Christmas card as one of my students does. This is her fifth year to send her own card and she is 83 years young.(79 when she started watercolor lessons).

So, there are no excuses now… sign up for “Tips and Tools for Artists at http://ValleofYellowCreekArtStudioBlog.com/videoseries2.html

North Georgia Watercolor Artist

Tips and Tools for Artists

North Georgia Watercolor Artist

Creative Imagination

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try.”  Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss got this one right!

How much do you use your creative imagination? Have you tried changing your usual activities?  Try them larger, smaller, closer or farther away?

Have you known someone whose imagination was so active they couldn’t sleep?  

I have, and it is impossible to close their mind to the creative possibilities in their life.  While that hasn’t ever been a problem with me, I do like to let my imagination run freely, as if I were a child again.

These are some of the ways I’ve learned to stimulate my creativity…

1. Exercise

2. Art class or workshop

3. Writing


1. Imagination through exercise is activated by running, jumping, taking a Crossfit class, just leting your imagination flow into your workout, releasing stress you may be feeling about your creativity.

2. Art classes and workshops are like a trip into the most imaginative and creative space you possess.  There is just something about talking, sharing and creating with like minded artists.

3. It is said that we should write every day.  The more you write on a subject you are passionate about, the easier it becomes. Write your thoughts down,(I like to use Penzu     http://penzu.com)

A creative imagination is an active imagination.  Become more aware of daily activities and watch your creative spirit grow. Tell your imagination that this is what you like to do, think about and become.

Inspire your imagination by signing up for 52 weeks of  Artists Tips and Tools, my gift to you! Here’s your link…





In “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” Paula Eder,  The Time Finder, tells how you can learn to catch your critical voices in the act of…

1.  Being judgmental of yourself

2. Nagging yourself

3. Underminding you in any situation

But the good part of learning to catch your critical voice in the act is that there are ways to limit this critical self-talk.

These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy

Positive Self Talk

You can find many helpful suggestions at http://bit.ly/Y4fbEP  Eder also includes checklists, room to write the exercises she suggests and a Resource Page for further information to help find more time in your life.

Paula states “The way you use your time is the way you live your life.”

Please check this e-book out and let me know how it helps you.

Paula Eder, author of “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” states “Imagine yourself trying to go to sleep and these undermining voices keep going around and around in your head. They undercut you at every turn, not letting up at night and following you around all day too.”

Again, use your imagination or maybe you have had this experience

A friend or family member that constantly demeans your work, or how you exhibit at shows or any number of nit picking things others can say that destroy your self-esteem. Many times they are said with the intention of being helpful but fall short.

If you are already listening to these voices, criticism from others only adds to the frustration we all feel at one time or another.

Critical Voices

Critical Voices

Here are five affirmations that will guide you into the meaningful, satisfying and empowering life you are meant to lead.

1. “I deserve this”
2. “Who I listen to is my choice”
3. “I will slow down and listen to my inner more positive self”
4. “I will explore my thoughts and feelings to weed out the self-defeating ones ”
5. “My time is precious, I will use it to uphold my positive beliefs and actions”

Now there is help at the click of a button…http://bit.ly/Y4fbEP Paula writes

Record as many of your self-defeating messages as you can.
Briefly describe the stiuation
Validate yourself for catching these messages

Eder has included in “These Critical Voices are Driving Me Crazy!” “7 ways that developing successful self-talk builds your relationship with yourself and enhances your life.”

Last but not least Paula asks this question,

What is Your Voice of Reason (a.k.a. Your Adult)?

There are 4 chapters in this e-book that will walk you from self-defeating thoughts from either yourself or others to a self-confident person that knows how to “slow down for a moment, let your self be quiet and listen to the messages you are giving yourself.”

Your life and your time are precious, use them in a positive way that benefits you instead of pulling you down.

Go now to http://bit.ly/Y4fbEP and download your e-book. Listen to your heart, this e-book will help you find the path to the life you want to live!


Ellene Breedlove Davis

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