Week Twenty-nine

What a week this has been! While we were studying emotions last week, I was on a bit of an emotional roller coaster myself. When I took on this People Skills project, I don’t think I had a full grasp on what I was getting myself into. I definitely underestimated the time commitment it would take to make tutorials and/or lessons nearly every day. Since starting work on People Skills, my mental dialogue has gone something like this:

“Teach people how to draw people!? Heck yeah, I can do that!”

::initiates project::

“OMG what was I thinking, I have no idea how to teach people how to draw people, I barely know how to draw people.”

::starts working on tutorial::

“This was a huge mistake. I can’t do this.”

::researches, disseminates information, develops systems::

“Ok, I think I’ve got something that will be really good! This is gonna help people!”

::starts editing video. remembers that video editing takes hours upon hours. sleeps very little::

“AAARRGGHH, WHAT HAVE I DONE??””

::finishes video::

OMG I DID IT AND I LOVE IT!!! I’M SO PROUD OF ME!!

Repeat process for each and every video ::facepalm::

I’m not telling you this to vent or complain. I’m telling you this because YOU can do things you don’t know how to do. You can do things that are hard. You can start something with more “motivation” than “plans”, the important thing is that you START.

The truth is, I hear that little voice inside me that says “you can’t do this” with nearly everything I undertake. But I know that voice is just a part of the process. I know that if I hear that voice, it means I’m probably on the verge of learning something new, or having a breakthrough. All I have to do is stick with it and take the time to figure it out. 

What to Do

  • This week we are starting to draw parts of the body: limbs and appendages, including, GASP, hands. Hands are freakin’ hard! But you don’t get good at something by sitting around talking about how hard it is. You get better at it by taking the first step, and the one after that, and the one after that. Try something that scares you this week! Goodness knows I am.

July Prompts

People

People Skills month continues this week as we explore limbs and appendages. The plan is to start small with tiny body parts like fingers, before we tackle the big picture: the human body. Bookmark bardotbrush.com/people to get the daily lessons. And be sure to subscribe to the Bardot Brush YouTube channel so you don’t miss it the tutorials!

Week 29 | July 15-21

Limbs & Appendages

Mon: fingers
Tue: hands
Wed: arms
Thu: toes
Fri: feet
Sat:  legs
Sun: practice day! Nothing new, spend time practicing what you’ve learned so far.

You can access each week’s prompts at makingarteveryday.com

Week 29 progress Track

Track your Making Art Everyday progress! See at-a-glance all you’ve accomplished, and reflect on the work you’ve done at the end of the week. Visit bardotbrush.com/progress to download the monthly tracker and weekly reflection sheet. There are also instructions about how to use them.

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