Sunday whispers – Do you have a guardian?

Sunday whispers – Do you have a guardian?

One of my goals for this year is to make more art, „play“ more with my art materials, learn new techniques. So I signed up for Lifebook 2014. The first exercise was to draw your own guardian for the year. I had already drawn my „reminder“ for my word for 2014 and I knew I wanted my guardian to look similar. But I wanted her to look less scared. After all, she was supposed to protect me from my own inner critic. And that’s a tough job, you know. ;-) So this is her.

Guardian - mixed media - by Ursula Markgraf

I do love how she turned out. She is not perfect of course. But nothing ever is. :-) Or as Danielle LaPorte says:

“Every masterpiece that’s ever been done – it could have been better”
Danielle LaPorte

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And everytime I look at her I do feel „stronger“. Odd, right?!

Do you have a picture or „thing“ that reminds you of your own power?

 
Sunday whispers is a little series. My goal is to post something shortish but inspiring for you each Sunday – hopefully together with some art – so that you have a little incentive to slow down, reflect and think. I know how crazy weeks can be, but after all, it is Sunday. :-) Enjoy and let me know what you think. You can find the other Sunday whisper posts HERE.
 

Sunday whispers – Don’t be afraid

Sunday whispers – Don’t be afraid
Sunday whispers is a little series. My goal is to post something shortish but inspiring for you each Sunday – hopefully together with some art – so that you have a little incentive to slow down, reflect and think. I know how crazy weeks can be, but after all, it is Sunday. :-) Enjoy and let me know what you think. You can find the other Sunday whisper posts HERE.
 
 

This is a post I kinda wrote for myself. :-) But I think it does affect everyone at times … so maybe it will help you.

Do you know the feeling when you start something new? The fear, that kinda creeps up and boycotts what you are doing?
Last summer I had a moment when I realized how much I actually do – or do not do – out of fear. And back then I promised myself to stop listening to that fear. That is not easy. At all. Often fear creeps up silently – with a bunch of arguments in stow. There are times when fear sounds so reasonable that one does not recognize it as fear at all. In those times it is good to have friends that tell you “Hey, you are just afraid”. And this is exactly what happened to me today.

What am I afraid of? To show the things that I made in my studio during the last weeks. No buttons – but pictures. Yes, I have shown some of my art before. But those were always pictures that I had not made for selling. Somehow to show those was easier. (Not easy, but easier.) But today – without prior announcement or a big party – the premier on my website: my first mixed-media art piece that is for sale (Sold).

Fürchte Dich nicht/ Do not be afraid - mixed media art - by Ursula Markgraf

It is inspired by Christmas. The words read “Do not be afraid” in German. It is what the angels say in the Christmas story.
To me personally Christmas is quite important. Not the kind of Christmas that happens in the stores and shops, but the “actual” Christmas.

But I think that even without Christmas the message of the picture – or of the angels  – is important. Do not be afraid. Trust. Yes, that is not easy. At least not for me. But each time I do overcome my fear, I learn how much it is worth.

So today I want to inspire to think about where fear sneaks up in your life? What do you do – or do you not do – out of fear? And what would you do if you did not have your fear?

I am really looking forward to your comments … and am off having a cup of strong tea. To calm down … ;-)

 
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Sunday whispers – Dream, dare, drink tea!

Sunday whispers – Dream, dare, drink tea!
Sunday whispers is a little series. My goal is to post something shortish but inspiring for you each Sunday – hopefully together with some art – so that you have a little incentive to slow down, reflect and think. I know how crazy weeks can be, but after all, it is Sunday. :-) Enjoy and let me know what you think. You can find the other Sunday whisper posts HERE.
 

It is gorgeous weather here today. So I thought a piece of art and a little thought-provoking impulse should be enough. :-)

Dream, dare, drink tea - mixed media art by Ursula Markgraf
 

I made the picture already a while ago. And it actually was more an experiment than anything else. But it was so much fun! And in my opinion the message on it can not be repeated enough. 
It does not have to be the BIG dreams all the time. (But it can, of course.) And it does not have to be the huge daring things you do. You can dare in small ways. Every day. And it will change your life!

What are you dreaming of today? How will you dare?

I am off to have a cup of tea … ;-)

 
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