It’s crazy this year is almost over… When this post comes out, I’m gonna be teaching my last block printing workshop of the year! Then heading out to Wisconsin in a couple of days to see my in-laws! It’s definitely feeling like the holidays now.
I’m calling it the Mindfulness Art series because I created it to remind myself to have peace and calm in my life.
I started creating this art series after going to my second 10-day silent meditation retreat earlier this year (you can learn more about my experience here.) I came home super chill and centered and wanted to nurture those blissful feelings by creating these artwork.
I hope my art and the messages will help you find a little peace and positivity in your life, too! That’s what it’s all about anyway 🙂
And if you’re a Seattle local, I’m showing them at Tin Umbrella Coffee in south Seattle throughout the month of December, so go check them out 🙂
p.s. These art prints will also be available on my Etsy shop as well, so check back and/or sign up for my newsletter to be notified when they become available 🙂 Bonus if you tell me which ones you’d like to see as a print!
Ok, friend, I hope you have a wonderful day and a peaceful holiday season!
I showed you a sneak preview of my 2017 Mindfulness & Gratitude wall calendar a couple of weeks ago in this post.
Let me take you on a behind-the-scenes tour and show you my creative process today.
I started creating illustrations about mindfulness and gratitude after I came back from the 10-day silent meditation retreat earlier this summer. It was deeply healing and I wanted to make art about it as a reminder of that experience. (You can read about my reflections here.)
Once I started to make a few of these drawings, I thought, why not create more and make a calendar that encourages people to live mindfully every day?
What does “living mindfully” mean to me? It means that I can hit a pause button in my mind when I’m in a stressful situation and think “oh, this situation is stressful.” I remind myself that whatever is going on is only temporary, and I bring my focus back on my breathing. It helps me stay calm and respond to a situation more thoughtfully rather than reacting.
Of course, I’m a regular human being and not a Tibetan monk :D, so I still react to situations.
I get mad when someone cuts me off in the traffic (without the turning signal on even!!). I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night worrying about how my business isn’t where it should be and can’t get back to sleep. I get so jealous when my husband devours slices of super cheesy, gluten-and-carb-filled pizza or a big piece of custardy Bosc pear tart with a scoop (or two) vanilla ice cream and does not gain an ounce.
Believe me, I’m not above it all!
But I try. Every day is a new beginning and you can only try, right?
For the calendar, I created 12 new drawings with watercolor, gouache, and pen on paper.
Many of the drawings are inspired by nature and seasons. I also incorporated some everyday objects like these tea cups and pots:
I also hand-wrote positive messages for each calendar page to encourage mindful living.
I gathered these simple quotes and sayings from the instructions of the meditation practice or advices my wise friends gave me in the past. I also included some of the things I tell myself when I’m feeling off-centered.
Then I scan my hand drawn art in to Photoshop to edit and design the layout for the calendar pages.
Here is a couple more sample pages for you 🙂
Do you know someone who can use a little positivity boost? This calendar makes a great gift for the holidays, and it will be available on my Etsy shop early November!