Saturday, November 24, 2012

Purple Pungence

Purple Pungence © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
6 x 6 oil on board
available at the Randy Higbee 6 Inch Square Show

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!  Are your tummy's full?  Mine is.  I have so many many things to be thankful for. I will name a really important one first.  I was fortunate to spend this holiday with my Dad and my sweet Husband.  Here is my Dad and I in this picture doing the turkey trot, just sweating up a storm and getting and creating a huge appetite in preparation for our big turkey meal.

 My sweet Kitty, Sophie waiting patiently for a taste.

I'm also excited and grateful to let you know "Purple Pungence" (seen above) was accepted into the 2012 Randy Higbee 6 Inch Squared Show in California.  What an honor it is to be represented at this show with so many incredible artist.  The opening reception in December 8th. Click here on Randy Higbee's Upcoming Events for more information.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

How to Blast Past Your Creative Block #5

Rise and Shine © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 oil on board

How are you doing on getting un-stuck?  Have you blasted past your in-action? This is the 5th in my series of getting out of your stuck mode and getting into the flow mode.

I recently was coaching a Gal who had a big project in front of her.  Last we spoke she had committed to starting on the project, but when I asked her how it was going she admitted she really had not started yet. As we dove in, it came out that she was just plain overwhelmed, even just the plain thought of it shut her down.  She was definitely in stuck mode. Sound familiar? So often when we have a big goal our minds jump to the end point, and without knowing it, our minds go "oh, ugh that feels too hard".

So, back to my client; the task in front of her was cleaning the basement that was stuffed to the gills with stuff.  (That does sound overwhelming doesn't it?) In David Allen's book Getting Things Done he suggests the technique of asking… What's the next action? I asked her what was the one thing she could do that would take 15 minutes or less.  She said she could give the old sleeping bags to charity, but that was not exactly the next action.  Next, I asked her what charity she was going to give them to. She wanted to donate them to the hurricane Sandy's victims.  So now she had to figure out what charity would accept items like this.  So the next real action or physical action she could take is getting online and researching charities that are helping with Hurricane Sandy.  I asked her could she commit to that action. No problem was her response.  We shifted the energy from overwhelm and stuckness to action by shifting her focus.  We started with a big-and-hairy-and-scary project of 20 hours or more and  shifted to one very doable task.  When our minds know it is a completable task it increases our positive energy, direction and motivation.

So next time you have a big goal that feels very overwhelming, ask yourself, what is the next action? Remember to drill down and figure out the very first item you can address.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Princess Liea  © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 oil on board
Isn't this little pup adorable?  She was a joy to paint too.  Many many times I think about how wonderful it was for God to plan pets into our world. What would we do without them?  The really are a gift that just keeps giving.  

Speaking of gifts... with Christmas fast approaching, you will probably be searching high and low for the purrrr-fect gift for your favorite people. Right???  You can't lose with gifting someone with a painting of the thing that brings so much pleasure into their life. I wanted to bring to you'alls attention that I do do commission pet portraits.  Please click on my side-bar on the picture of Puddles and find out how you can order a custom portrait for someone you know this Christmas.  If you know others that might want to order a custom pet portrait please send them this link. I so appreciate it.

Okay, and I now apologize for bringing thoughts of Christmas to you so closely after the end of the Halloween season, but....we need to have them dry before shipping.