Sunday, January 24, 2016

Artful moments

Each day can hold artful moments.
As we all know life happens and time has a way of passing all too quickly.
Sometimes responsibilities and other duties can call us away from finding the hours to create.
It is then that that one may turn to those 15 minute intervals.







 Often quarter of an hour segments can be carved out before going to work or retiring for the evening.   No they may not lead to a finished project in one day but over the course of several days you find yourself making progress.

The old saying "slow and steady wins the race" may not be far wrong.
In fact there may be an advantage to this limitation.   It gives one a chance to come back after a break and have a fresh perspective.


Also when you do have those extra hours to spend painting or pursuing an artistic endeavor - there is a deeper appreciation for that gift of time.


Hope each of you can at least find 15 minutes today for some artful moments.

"for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."   Apostle Paul 's words from Phil. 4:11 (NIV)

Hugs Debbie





29 comments:

  1. You are taking your 15-minute intervals to full advantage!! Lovely work :). Stay safe and warm!

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  2. Sometimes 15 minutes is all it takes to start a project and slowly but surely, it will take shape. I love the painting of the strawberries and wish I had just the slightest talent when it comes to painting. Maybe one day I'll find the courage to pick up a paint brush and just try.

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  3. Beautiful work, Debbie! I try to have an artful moment every day, sometimes longer, sometimes only to prepare everything for the next painting moment.

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  4. Querida Debbie: Aunque con escaso tiempo tu obra luce fresca y magnífica. Es la mejor manera de recrear el espíritu!! Agradezco tus palabras en mi espacio!!! Un abrazo!!

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  5. Absolutely WONDERFUL artwork and writing!! LOVE the blooms -- so painterly! Hope you are doing well in this winter weather! HUGS!

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  6. Absolutely stunning! I needed this today, thank you so much for sharing. Stay warm...and safe!

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  7. Guess we have to grab it when we can Debbie. I so want to find that time.

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  8. What a great reminder - thanks, Debbie. As always I find your paintings very sensitive with the emotion they stir in me - lovely harmony and good design. Your zentangles are great. You know just where to place a larger pattern for impact.
    Have a blessed and art filled week.

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  9. Lovely work, Debbie! Glad you found those runaway moments to paint :)
    Kathryn XX

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  10. You are so right about the 15 minute segments as useful moments. I agree too that sometimes it is good to take a break between sessions and see your work with fresh eyes. I had fun walking around in the snow today and doing a few tiny sketches. Tomorrow I will venture out onto the streets and back to civilization. lol Have a wonderful evening!

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  11. Lovely results from your nice artful moments,dear Debbie. You are so sweet and all of you,paintings and words ,are a pleasure for me when I visit your magic harmony hills. Have great artful week,warm hugs,Rita.

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  12. Debbie,

    Sometimes just the simplest advice is the best! And you always manage to find a piece of scripture to support the thoughts or feelings. Very wonderful so thank you.
    Have a good week,
    Libby

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  13. Your little watercolor is absolutely beautiful, such lovely , vibrant and fresh colors , and the zentangle just sings , wonderful work ! You definitely make good use of your time.

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  14. Beautiful artwork, and I totally agree with your 15-minute principle. I sometimes use a timer and write for 15 minutes when I'm feeling blocked, and that usually helps. One of my goals this year is to start sketching for a few minutes most days, too.

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  15. Hi Debbie
    I do so agree - amazing what you can do in ten minutes or so and make the most of every moment. I love your little pieces of artwork and each time I see what you have been up to it inspires me to get out my paint box again - I seem to get so busy doing other things that my artwork gets a little neglected - may be I should make a late resolution to pick up a brush again. We'll see!

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  16. I love what you are doing with your 15 minutes interludes. I hope you are able to get some greater swathes of time soon. Your flowering strawberry is absolutely gorgeous!
    I Hope you are not also getting that horrendous weather!

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  17. Such a beautiful post, Debbie. I wish you a wonderful week with lots of time to create.

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  18. Such great advice, Debbie! And, a good reminder that each art session doesn't have to be a full blown production. Baby steps. That's what my mentor used to say. Sometimes baby steps get you there with more learning than a hard, relentless push. Your watercolor is exquisite - so soft and delicate with beautiful colored washes. And, your zentangles are exciting and graphic - perfect for those short time periods in between other activities. Have a great week, my friend!

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  19. Debbie, I feel like you were talking to me. I need to be more mindful of using the smallest amounts of time. Thanks for this post! Hugs!

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  20. Bonjour chère Debbie,

    Les grands moments sont une succession de petits moments...
    Je suis éblouie par cette merveilleuse petite aquarelle. La douceur des fraises des bois apporte un certain romantisme.
    Très joli travail Debbie !

    Gros bisous ♡

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  21. Dear Debbie, this really resonated with me, thank you for posting this. I love your painting of the strawberries and blossom, it's so pretty!

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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  22. Beautiful artwork, Debbie! And, for me, very timely advice! Thank you!

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  23. How true Debbie! A few minutes everyday to do what pleases one most does wonder! It's a good lesson of life as well. You're having a fine time of it, it shows in your photos! Have a lovely day Debbie, a big hug. :)

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  24. Hi Debbie, your posts are always so inspiring! Your choice of art today is so lovely! Hope you are enjoying some winter walks with your furry friends. Have a wonderful week!

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  25. Lovely work Debbie. A good advice of 15 minutes artful moments everyday. I hope you are safe and feel warm. God bless and all the best.

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  26. I love your black and white drawings as well as your watercolor-really beautiful! Great advice about finding time to create, it seems there is never enough but it really comes down to how we organize the small moments throughout our day. Have a wonderful weekend, I hope you are enjoying the snow!

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  27. Since my art room is in decluttering shambles I found myself on the stairs last night sketching, with two pups just watching me. I told them "a girl has to do what a girl has to do!" I wish you could have seen the look on their faces.................... :-)

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  28. ...lovely pieces of work I spy here. Yes it is important to find those arty moments, they are tonic to us arty bods. Always enjoy my ambles through your pages, 👍🏼

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  29. Hello Debbie, I wanted to see more of your artwork so I'm gradually finding them.
    You have a lovely touch with the watercolour, gorgeous colour choices and such pretty backgrounds :D)

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