Hope in Colour

bird artwork
Hope in Colour, watercolour and coloured pencil on paper, A6, 2021, R250

I created this tiny bird artwork yesterday, a little bluebird of happiness to start the week off right. I was watching a random YouTube video, and one of the things the guy said struck me. He said, ‘One person can change the world by giving people hope’. Just let that sink in for a minute. I didn’t note who the speaker was at the time, I’ll have to go back and look it up. It’s a really powerful message in a world where we’re bombarded with so much negativity and it’s easy to get sunk in a funk. Easy to feel voiceless and powerless and like we don’t matter. It’s good to remember how powerful just one person can be. How powerful you can be. To remember that what you do matters. That you matter. That you are a badass.

Which brings me to art… art that can be that voice of hope in visual form… auditory form… a mix… whatever your medium. That’s my thought for this week… create art, create hope. Hence the title of this piece.

In my blog post yesterday I mentioned just asking myself to work on a piece for five minutes. It’s a very useful thing to do to overcome lack of motivation or feeling stuck. It’s a trick I learned from two amazing humans, Rafi Perez and Klee Angelie, an artist couple based in the US. I follow them on social media and listen to their podcasts. Rafi came up with the word ‘fa-chunking’, or five minute chunking. When you don’t feel like doing something or don’t feel like you can, just commit to doing it for five minutes. Generally then you get caught up in what you’re doing and continue on from there. If you’re really not feeling it after five minutes you can stop and put it aside for another day, or rethink what you’re doing.

How does this tie in to hope? These two people are a great dose of hope if you’re feeling stuck creatively or in life in general. Their ideas for staying strong, authentic, creative and ‘persisting through the suck’ are really valuable for anyone, so I thought I’d share. Follow them on YouTube at ‘Rafi was Here’ or visit their website.

Hope your week is full of inspiration.

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