Week 34 | august 16-22
Sat: coffee table
Real talk: I’ve been working at a break-neck pace since last March, especially the last several months. I get so passionate about making things to help others (and to fulfill my tremendous need to be productive) that I leave no time for other essential things like taking care of myself. Creating is fun and invigorating and, for me especially, important to my emotional and mental well-being, but it’s not everything. Lately, my anxiety has been at an all-time high, and I go through frequent bouts of severe depression. I’m either exhausted or restless, and it’s impossible to quiet my mind at night to get some rest. My mind seems to think I can avoid all these negative feelings if I just-keep-working, but I think you already know that never actually helps. On top of that, it’s been difficult to express everything that I’m going through — the stress, the guilt, and self-doubt — which feels very isolating. Or I fear that if I do, I’m not the upbeat, motivational, bright, colorful personality that I want to be. SIGH.
Well, in an effort to relive some of the stress and pressure to be making new things constantly, this month, I pulled MAE prompts and writing from my archives. This week, I was going to send you something I wrote two years ago that started out, “How do you relax?”
When I wrote it then, the emphasis was on the word ‘you’: “How do YOU relax?”
I reread it today, and it sounds more like “How do you RELAAAAX?” As if it’s some impossible objective. But my goodness, do I need to relax. (P.S If you want to read the original writing, go here. It feels like I could have written it today.)
Anyway … Hi. I’m a real human here, with real human feelings and struggles. I remind myself how healing it is to share these feelings, and I strongly desire to hold space for struggling people like me. I am aware of how healing it is to express these feelings, and how it helps us feel connected to one another. So if you, too, are in a season of life much like the one I’m going through, please know that you are not alone.
And if you have a few words of encouragement to send my way, it would mean the world to me. Thank you for being a member of this amazing art-making community.
Week 34: Living Room
This week we’re moving from the kitchen to the living room. You can draw beautiful living room objects from photo references, imagination, or…look to your own home as you draw this week’s prompts! Think about the space in which you live and draw your surroundings, your life. It’s always good to get personal with your art, I can guarantee that those pieces will be the ones most meaningful to you months and years from now.
I drew the scene above based on my living room over 4 years ago! It’s still up there with my favorite pieces I’ve drawn. It’s not exactly the same as my living room, but when I look at each bit of it, I can picture their real-life counterparts in my home at the time. The ballon picture on the wall is inspired by one of my maternity photos, and the Frenchman picture is based on a photo of my son as a baby, dressed in a beret and mustache!
Sat: coffee table
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