Step 1 to Keeping your creative edge as you sit on the sidelines: 
is imagining yourself doing the very thing you are unable to do!  

"Begin by establishing a highly specific goal. Imagine the future; you have already achieved your goal. Hold a mental 'picture' of it as if it were occurring to you right at that moment. Imagine the scene in as much detail as possible. Engage as many of the five senses as you can in your visualization. Who are you with? Which emotions are you feeling right now? What are you wearing? Is there a  smell  in the air? What do you hear? What is your  environment ? Sit with a straight spine when you do this. Practice at night or in the morning (just before/after  sleep ). Eliminate any doubts, if they come to you. Repeat this practice often. Combine with  meditation 

Step 2 to keeping your creative edge is Gratitude
I am thankful:
⭐️I didn't crack my head open or break my wrist.
⭐️Commissions to keep me looking forward to when I can paint again!
⭐️Doctors, nurses, PAs, Radiology techs, basically a whole new world to share art with!

"Joy is always a function of gratitude - and gratitude is always a function of perspective ." Ann Voskamp, author of 1000 Gifts

What are YOU thankful for?

Step 3 to Keeping your creative edge 
is
  
An  artist date:   I am planning my next painting series, researching techniques and images.  I plan to watch nature films, focusing on Rocky Mountain animals.  I might just have to start with an all time favorite The Crimson Wing. (This isn't about Rocky Mountain Critters, but it will awe you just the same.)

Your assignment :  
Choose one of the following suggestions from The Artist's Way Blog  click here for 101 Artist Date Ideas  and let me know which idea you chose, why and what you learned.

Step 4 to Keeping your Creative edge 
is looking forward!
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Journal Journey Jumpstart with Jill, Linda and YOU!
2 day workshop March 24, 31 2017  (Fridays)
$50 per day or $95 for both

Step 5 to keeping your creative edge 
is trying new things!  This is punchinella (sequin waste) used as a stencil to make textural passages on paintings.
"Happy Dance"
mixed media

Step 6 to keeping your creative edge --take baby steps
Baby flamingos have enormous feet.  Yet, with their parents help they are up and tottering in no time.  
*  Take the first step
*  Accept an offer of help
*  Celebrate progress with a Happy Dance

My first step is always a "doodle start". I think I can do this even with my cast!

Gallery Representation


Framecraft of Warrenton
Step 7 to Keeping Your Creative Edge even when sidelined is a long Winter nap, something Molly and I are particularly good at!

"Marv AKA Marvelous" and other paintings in this eblast may be available, email me for details. 

The pillow is by Shelle Lindholm Artist on Etsy.  Shelle has the image available on metal and other pillows available.

Linda Hendrickson | studio4Linda@comcast.net |
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