The Morning Mile

Once again :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I want to establish the habit of walking for 20 minutes (even 10 minutes!) a day. At this point I don’t know if it’s too much for me to say every day but I’ll accept 3 times a week gladly! It matters to me because I, too want to be here and healthy for my kids, my grandsons and soon to be born great grandson! Another habit I really want to establish, like Paula (welcome!!) is my painting. In fact, I am in the process of creating a Spark Book with all the things that that I love in it so I will have my own personal resource to look back on when for example a limiting belief rears it’s ugly head.

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Yes! Happy to be here.

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Spark Book! Now that would add sparkle to my painting practice. Norene, is it a regular practice for you? Are you doing the program with Nick Wilton? I’d love to hear more about your experience. Sounds like something I’d like to try. And thanks for the welcomes, Jean and Norene)

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Yes, Paula I’m taking part in Nick Wilton’s Spark program for the third time! I feel as drawn to Nick and his teachings as I do to Rick’s. The freedom to play, to explore and be curious without judgement has been wonderful! That being said, my inner critic still rears her ugly head at times with all kinds of “shoulds” but I do my best to recognize it and carry on. I think registration is still open if you’d like to try it otherwise the next time Spark is offered will be 2023. :heart::art:

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Norene what is the Spark program? I’d like to know more about it if you have time.

Norene, Spark sounds like a lot of fun. I’m scheduled up right now with classes etc so I’ll look for it next time around. I hope you’ll post a pic now and again for pages from your book. Actually, I’m looking here and trying to figure out how to post an image . . . . ???

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Hi Jean ~ Spark is a 3 week online workshop that is designed to ignite your creativity by focusing on freedom, fun, and curiosity! Each week there is a Module that opens with a live call (that is recorded in case you can’t attend live) and various art practices to do in your Spark book; there are also many Free pages where you can paint/collage/draw whatever you like. Though the course is 3 weeks, you have access to the Spark website for a full year (which I appreciate because life happens and I fall behind); there is also a private FB group filled with incredibly supportive members of Spark where we can post our efforts. I really like the sense of community in Spark and Art2Life. If you want to get more of an idea about Nicholas Wilton you can sign up at Art2Life.com for his weekly vlog on some aspect of art that he’s been thinking about; it’s free. I think that’s about it, let me know if you have any other questions.

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I totally “get it” about a full schedule! I, too have postponed my backyard project until after the holidays. I will be happy to share some of my Spark endeavors here!
To post a picture here, click on the upload arrow :arrow_up: up there and it will give you three choices…photo library, take a photo/video and choose files. Hope that helps!

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Got it, Norene. Thanks. Off to art class this morning after my teacher’s 4 month summer break. Figure Drawing. I’m tapping on this feeling that I’ve forgotten everything I learned last semester.

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Have fun getting back into your Figure Drawing! I used to go to the museum every week for live model sessions and loved it even though I had never drawn/sketched/painted the human figure before. I have subsequently used many of the sketches as resource for paintings!


It used to bother me that my proportions are off but now I could care less…I love the feeling I get when I smush paint around in response to a sketch I did. :relaxed:

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Is that watercolor?
I carry a little sketchbook and doodle away in waiting areas, like airports.

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Yes, I used watercolor. I love the idea of carrying a sketchbook with you. You captured the sitting man so well! I hope you felt good getting back into your life drawing class and thanks for posting your sketch!

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