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Fearless February

Well? Have you delivered yourself fearlessly into February full of feisty Va-Va Voom or are you still snuggled up in the warmth of a cozy Magenta mohair cardigan? In all honesty, I’m all about answering the call of the couch and the chocolate at this time of year, but that’s not what 2023 is all about, is it? So I decided to throw myself into the “#21daysinmyartworldchallenge”. It was a great way to keep motivated through January and kept me accountable.

Each day was a prompt to share something about life as an artist from sharing favourite techniques to favourite drawings. One of those days asked for a selfie which is so far beyond my comfort zone, but for the sake of completing the challenge (the keeping me accountable part) I carried on, sharing tiny pieces of myself and my art with the world.

Day 21 of the challenge ended on ‘Big Dream’. I decided my Big Dream was to create my own garden studio so that I can take part in open studios and continue to build this fantastic community! One of the highlights of last year was collaborating with Kim from @leafnaturalfoodwraps – a maker with top-notch eco credentials. I thought what a great idea to end on a challenge that invites us to look forward and focus on a goal for ourselves. It’s important to keep growing and evolving – it keeps things interesting, even if it does mean pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone.

So it led me to wonder. What would your ‘Big Dream’ be if you took part in your own 21-Day Challenge? What have you always wanted to do but you’ve just been a little bit nervous about? It doesn’t have to be a huge life-changing ‘dream’ but why not do something that calls for you to push yourself beyond your normal day-to-day. Perhaps you could put yourself out there on YouTube or Social Media, sharing or teaching something you’re good at. Or start something completely new – like drawing or learning watercolour. You never know where it might lead. Maybe that should be the theme for this month – Fearless February. I’d love to hear how you get on.

Well, that’s about it for this month. The good news is Spring is just about around the corner, though there is still a winter chill in the air. Which reminds me. Where’s my chocolate?

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