Pursue Your Dreams

Stress Busters For Busy Mums Podcast


Pursue Your Dream

Have you put your dreams on hold, or have they fizzled into oblivion?

It’s easy to put your own pursuits last, or give up on them as you endeavour to raise a family, build a career, etc.

What if I said, you could make steps to pursue your dream today?

Join me in this week’s podcast and just do it!!!

A handout for reference is available to download below.

More Time, Less Stress

Stress Busters for Busy Mums Podcast


Although we only have 24 hours in a day, we can make positive choices as to how we spend them.

If you are getting stressed and overwhelmed by juggling too many responsibilities, this week’s podcast is for you._podcastTemplate

Join me as I share 3 steps for you to buy more time in your day.  And you can implement them today!

Time-Lapse Dried Orchid

These dried orchids were too beautiful to throw away without capturing their beautiful forms.  This is a quick watercolour sketch that took about 13 minutes.  To really study the intricacies I’d really need to spend a few hours.

I’m using Khadi handmade watercolour paper A4 size, that is heavy weight with an uneven rough texture.  Daniel Smith watercolours and lots of water, make this super fun.  My favourite part is the end where I just add water and let all the pigment disperse however it wants.

Time-Lapse Koi

Watercolour can paint itself with the right tools.

For this painting I used heavy weight, rough Khadi watercolour paper, Daniel Smith watercolours and lots of water.

As long as your paper is sized, the water will pool where you want it to and allow the paint to disperse.

Learn more about water control here.

Time-Lapse Chocolate Bunnies Sketch

This is a time-lapse of a sketch that took about 25 minutes in real life.

It was much easier to start with the Zebra Fude Brush pigment ink than other direct sketches I’ve done without the guiding lines.

I started with too much water, so it took a longer time to build the darks.  I normally like to start with heavy pigment and wash it out to create form.  This resulted in a sketch that took a lot longer than normal, but was still such fun.

Time-Lapse Pomegranate

This is a direct painting of a pomegranate I cracked open, hoping to capture some of it’s intense red colour.  I also had to fight off the kids who kept wanting to eat my still-life set up.

I started quite deliberate and tight on the front seeds to make sure I captured the intricate light.  As I progress to the back of the painting, it gets looser with less definition.

It’s a challenge to leave whites, and if you lose them, you can always go over with some titanium white or gouache to regain your highlights.  Fine brushes help to keep paint away from the whites too.

This is still a work in progress and I continue to add darks to make it  really pop.

Daniel Smith watercolours on Saunders and Waterford High White paper.

Music: istockphoto.com/juqboxmusic

Building Buffer

Stress Busters for Busy Mums

_podcastTemplateBeing prepared can literally save the day.  And so with this in mind, this week’s podcast covers a few areas in our lives where building in buffer or reserves can decrease stress.

Some practical tips include having a well stocked pantry, building in buffer into your estimation times for travel, saving money, and more.

By asking yourself, “What if?”, you can prepare yourself and save time and money as you plan your day.

Charcoal Time-Lapse Playing Violin

Charcoal is such fun because it’s like sculpting.  You can add and subtract, build up and erase.  It’s also tempting to keep fiddling with it and never call it finished.  Indeed the breaks in the video are because I did exactly that. I kept on refining. And I refined again after filming stopped.

Once you get the basic shapes down, the fun is in pushing and pulling the darks and lights until you get something resembling a 3D representation.  The dramatic darks are what I loved about this picture, but the difficulty was in laying the charcoal down and trying to lighten it a touch, so there were still some graduatios of value.

I used willow charcoal and a 4B Generals charcoal pencil, natural chamois, a pan pastel shaper, and a kneaded eraser.  The paper is Mi-Teintes pastel paper.

Music: istockphoto.com/juqboxmusic