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Floundering Travel Sketcher and Her "Interesting" Sketchbook

November Ten, 2018
Hi Sketchkon Friends,
Kamikaze Drawing

You are receiving this because I had a follow-up to my Kamikaze Drawing Workshop  in Pasadena AND because I promised resources to those who attended my Mindfulness Classes at Sketchkon. Thank you for your interest. Here's the recording:


I've added you to my newsletter but If you don't want to get one from me with information like what you're about to see twice a month, just hit unsubscribe.    I'm working on my Tolerance to Rejection muscle so you'll be contributing to my desensitization and it won't hurt my feelings more than about 5%. 

Here's the calendar I was talking about during my keynote. I've been doing this since 2007.  Click on it to see more about it  Might be something you do with your art as well.

Some of you in my Morning Mindfulness Class wanted resources I used. I am putting together a series of MPs called Guided Daydreams for Artists and other creative people. Stay tuned with this newsletter to hear about those.
I mentioned Dan Harris's 10% Happier book, Podcast and his App which has lots of meditations.There is also the Insight Timer
The Drum music I used wasDinner at Sugarbush Brent Lewis: 
The Hiphop music: Can't Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
PDF of my 15-Count Meditation Set-up
Just More About My Trip to Skotland 

I ventured into travel journaling on my trip to Scotland in September. I did this despite fears of messing up the pages of my newly acquired Field Artist 6.5 in. x 6.5 in. Square Watercolor Journal, Hardbound with 80 pgs. 200 GSM, Cold Press Paper.

 Those fears came partially from looking at other people's travel journals and KNOWING mine wasn't going to look like theirs. 
Well duh. 
  1. Most of those people have been sketching on trips for years. 
  2. Why would I want my art to look like everyone else's?
  3. I teach about how to avoid the toxicity of comparison, but I'm only immune when I realize it's insidious nature has snuck past the guards standing at the entry way to my mind. I caught it JUST IN TIME not to be thwarted. I have tools. Comparison has been neutralized. Stay calm.

AND I DID mess up a few pages. Turns out I was okay with that. Using the opportunity to build tolerance to imminent blunders was the ticket to moving pass avoiding the whole experience of venturing into the scary waters of trying to render buildings, events, people [yikes!] and me sleeping on the plane right there > in the exalted moment, bringing that moment more alive than is possible when snapping a photo - and practicing (because I'm not perfect at it) loving myself despite not flowing in my usual area of adequacy.
One of the most popular fears in the creative process is: "I won't be good enough." You're not supposed to me.
Let's put all our first sketchbooks in an exhibit called INTERESTING* SKETCHBOOKS  celebrate that WE SKETCHED DESPITE OUR FEARS. (And draw some blind contour coffees to make it fun.) 
If you have permission to show-up no matter what... you WILL get better. It's a mathematical truth.

*my mom used to called my art "interesting" as a way of being nice because she didn't get it. Not everyone is my audience (or yours) and that's okay too because hopefully you ARE and there are more people like YOU than you might believe.

Here's one of my favorite replies to fear's claim,
"You're not going to be good enough:


[Fear and worry both hate that]

Vincent van Gogh knew:

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,'
then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

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Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is head muse of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training founded in 2004, artist, performance poet, inspirational humorist, yoga teacher, and author/illustrator of four books on creativity.

 All best,
Jill Badonsky
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