Time-lapse of Cabela Part II
When I paint in pastels, I usually start with the background (which incidentally is the opposite of how I paint in oils). You’ll find the video of the background process here.
The Things We Treasure
I love painting the true treasures of our lives – sometimes it is people and sometimes it is a very special animal. Cabela is the quintessential example of a loyal dog worthy of immortalization.
Again, her story and the time-lapse of the beginning of the painting is here.
I couldn’t be happier with how this painting turned out.
The Finished Painting
*If you’re interested in your own commissioned piece, visit my Commission Page
Mood & Environment Are Not Separate!
Our environment is a large influence on our mental well-being. So we should surround ourselves with beauty. We’re attracted to it, it brightens our day, and it will make you smile. That’s why in today’s post I brought together a collection of things that should brighten your day.
Beauty makes life bearable.
1. To Make You Smile
Smiles are contagious. I dare you not to smile along with Alma Garcia in this short 10-minute film by Carlos Lascano.
I’m still smiling! How about you?
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
2. Inspirational Quotes from Artists
Artists translate the world’s beauty into even better beauty. (Can that be a thing?) Get your fill of positive quotes and images on a post I co-authored over here at Crazy Little Family Adventure. Orana created the images and they are an amazing compliment to the quotes.
3. Relaxing or Invigorating?
I think it depends on if you listen to it muted or not. I’d say that without music it will be your moment of zen for the day (it’s kind of trance-inducing). Choose the method that gets you to the mood you need most!
So which did you try?
4. The Power of Music
Here’s a similar experiment, a blog post I wrote ages ago about the power to influence mood: How to Evoke Powerful Emotion. Its focus is to calm and uplift. It’s worth a look even if you just like looking at the pictures.
For a more energizing experience, go crank up your favorite tunes (and then share with me in the comments your favorite music.)
I seriously contemplated posting a cat video, but I decided to share the entertaining and clever workings of Zach King instead. He makes it look effortless….or that he has a lot of time on his hands. (Don’t worry there are plenty of cats too.)