Day 1 of the 28-day challenge

I'm really excited about my first piece. Earlier this week I was having an anxiety attack about this project. I was having doubts about my ability to create a piece of work every day for 28 days. I started thinking about it and this project started to get really large and scary. I started to realize that the stuck feeling I'd been having the last year or so about putting my art out in the world was really all about the fear of failure. To ease the anxiety that I was feeling, I started to meditate, just focusing on breathing in and breathing out. As I was doing this, the word zipper floated into my mind and with this came a flood of ideas of pieces I could make using zippers, so much of the first week is going to incorporate zippers into the projects.

I am absolutely thrilled with my first piece. When I finished it I thought, "maybe I really am an artist," a concept I still struggle with excepting, but that will be another post for another day. I keep going back to this piece and touching it and just staring at it. It makes me happy to just look at it. I hope that it brings the same joy to whoever is lucky enough to be its new owner.

I still have some fear about not being able to complete this challenge, but if I start to get anxious again, I know that meditating, just focusing on my breath may bring some wonderful ideas. So, as you may have noticed, I have not gotten my store up and running yet. So for now, the first person to email me at karen@kolindstromart.com saying they want this piece will be the proud new owner of "Unzipped." If you are close by, I will bring it to you and you can just pay me, but if I need to mail it to you, I will send you a PayPal request for payment as soon as I know how much the shipping will be.

The lesson that came out of this, that I want to share with you is that when you are freaking yourself out, just breathe and good things will come.



In Gratitude, Karen

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