All posts tagged: motivation

Pastel sky painting by Emily Louise Heard

Life without Social Media

Hello May! Some of you may have read my recent posts on Social Media, letting you know I was taking a short break from the platforms to focus on creativity. I’m thinking more and more that social media, whilst a fantastic platform for creatives, can become a little overwhelming and a bit of a distraction from what really matters. So I’m not sure how long I’ll be away, but I know I definitely need some time off.  If you have had similar nagging doubts about Social Media, and it’s impact on your time and energy, I’d love to know. (If you are reading this from Facebook – I’ve got an automatic sharing link set up, I’m not back just yet!) The short time I’ve been away so far has refreshed my mind and given me a whole new sense of focus. Here’s what I’ve been up to … So many new paintings! I’ve had a flurry of creative energy, whilst I have been cleansing my mind from technology. I’ve added all my new pieces to my …

Don’t let the bastards get you down

Don’t let the bastards get you down. It’s something people say to encourage you to keep being you, to keep following your path. Ignore the judgement of others, shake off their opinions and carry on shining. But what if the biggest bastard is within yourself? That nagging voice…you’re not good enough. Give up. Why bother? I thought about this today, as I felt heavy with my own self perceived inadequacy. It weighed on my back like a boulder, pushing me deeper into the sofa.. ‘Why bother?’ it whispered. I couldn’t move and drag myself to create, I felt helpless and overwhelmed. We are all our own worst critic. Our own worst enemy, and the biggest hurdle to success than anything else. Where is the saying don’t let YOUR bastard get you down? Because the majority of the time, we don’t have anyone else to blame than ourselves. The good news is that these spells of self doubt are fleeting. We just have to learn to ride the waves as they come, and fight our way …

Control the unicorn inside your head

Finding your flow as an artist is an ever evolving journey. It’s like chasing sunbeams dancing off walls. You can touch them, watch the light reflect off your skin, magical and illuminating. It’s inspiring, distracting, frustrating and like drowning in oxygen all at the same time. There’s a whole wealth of things to create, and your heart wants to express them in so many ways. The trick to being a successful artist and developing your ‘style’ is learning to control the distracted child, entranced by shiny things, trying to play with them all. It’s something I’m still learning, evolving and trying to control. After several years of battling I’m starting to feel like I have a bit more of a grip on the reigns, to lead this frigging art unicorn inside my mind to the place it needs to go. I’m working on a new collection, inspired by and building on a recent 30 day painting challenge I completed. 🦄🎨❤️ You can watch this here: 30 Day Painting Challenge – YouTube

Escape from reality

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller. That’s kind of what painting is about. Pouring your heart and soul into a canvas, bare and exposed for everyone to see. My paintings are not about realism, detail or perfection. They are about colour, emotions and expression. Every brush stroke is a cathartic healing process, an escape from reality and into peace ☮️

Picture yourself at 80 years old

It’s a peaceful Saturday night, and I’m sat with a mural I painted for our bedroom. I’m leading up to the start of something new – I’ve finally made the decision to reduce my hours at a full time day job in order to spend more time chasing my art. If you’d told me this 3 years ago I’d have probably fallen over. Art is a journey I’ve always wanted to follow. From being 4 years old staring at a painting on a classroom wall to being 18 years old crying in the shower because I decided to follow my head and not my heart..and cancelled my application to art college to study psychology. It’s a path that’s full of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Fear of failure, judgement and the unknown. But it’s also full of meaning and colour, and makes far more sense to me than anything else I know how to do. Sure I’ll have less money, will need to work harder than ever without any guarantees of success. But I sure as …