Creative Life: Motivation & Inspiration

Writings on living a creative life, finding creative flow, and overcoming your inner critics and perfectionism by artist Michelle Darwin. Including creativity…
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Go behind-the-scenes with artist Michelle Darwin, see her top tools and process for painting from life. Develop a daily art practice, learn to be more creative, live a more creative life, how-to guide, daily painting, art painting tools, gouache painting, landscape illustration art, art drawing sketches, art painting lesson, gouache painting techniques. Creative artwork ideas, creativity exercises, how to live a more creative life, daily art practice, motivation, inspiration. Plein air painting, plein air kit, painting outdoors setup, tools, DIY. Simple easy how to get started painting from life. Painting still lives, interiors, rooms, houses, buildings, landscapes from life. Short painting studies, painting excercises. Composition, sketching tools. Michelle Darwin / Painted Stories.
I've been journalling daily for 8 years using Julia Cameron's (of The Artist's Way book) Morning Pages approach. I share the benefits, and other options to try. Learn creativity exercises, how to live a more creative life, how to become more creative. Make a creativity vision board. Easy creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Overcome creative block, journal ideas, journaling, journaling ideas. Find motivation and inspiration. Get clear on your goals, priorities, life vision. Self improvement, inner critics, perfectionism, building self confidence and clarity, inner peace, daily habits. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Article by artist + writer Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories.
Painter/Artist Michelle Darwin shares her top tools (mostly DIY and either low cost or free!!) for creating quick compositions, sketches, and her process for going from sketch to finished studio painting. She work in gouache and acrylic. Go behind-the-scenes in her studio, see her supplies, materials, process, works in progress, and more. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting tools. Art painting lesson, sketches to finished painting. How to daily art practice: how I create finished paintings from simple thumbnail sketches. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original, fine art painter, gouache, landscape art.

How-to

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Namaste :-)  Time and time again, I hear from clients that they feel a path is right for them, but how can they be certain? They want to know, “How can I be sure it will work out?” “How can I be sure I won’t fail?” “How can I be sure…”  It goes on and on. We crave certainty, which is so normal, so understandable, and so deeply human. We want to know that we will be ok, and our need to know, with certainty, keeps us stuck.  Here’s what tends to happen when we want to try something new, but we also feel uncertain: we half a** it. We do that by leaving ourselves backdoors.  I have done this in my career and relationships and it has always backfired.  These backdoors, these escape plans, may sound reasonable in theory, but in practice, you end up stretched in two different directions. Like a r
Excerpt of the story behind the painting, Foggy Coastal Grasses, by artist Michelle Darwin. Gouache on paper. Painting mood, colours, art places and spaces, sense of place art. Beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, creativity quote inspirational, short quotes deep meaningful. Broad Cove Beach, South Shore, Nova Scotia artwork. Beautiful landscape paintings, coastal landscape art, seaside, grasses, beach grasses, season aesthetic. Landscape illustration art. Buy original art and prints from artists. Original fine art for sale. modern landscape art contemporary artists, coastal landscape art, commission art ideas, Nova Scotia artwork, painting mood colours. Fog, foggy day, muted, subdued, neutrals. Painting by Michelle Darwin/Painted Stories.
Make big change in your life by starting a daily journaling practice. Clear negative thoughts and fears to better show up and do what you’re passionate about. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Showing creativity quote inspirational, motivational creativity quotes inspiration. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Learn how to live a more creative life and how to become more creative. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Save beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, positive quotes, short quotes deep, joy inside out, quotes deep meaningful. Aesthetic art, beautiful landscape art background of ocean, sky, water, light, by Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories).

Inspiring Quotes

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Pictured: Afternoon Stovetop, original small painting. Created with gouache on tan mixed media paper. Showing my studio table, supplies, art supplies, hands creating art. Feel inspired, learn to live a more creative life. Inside the studio of Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories). Go behind-the-scenes and see her top tools (mostly DIY) for creating quick compositions, sketches, and her process for going from those sketches to finished studio paintings. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting lesson. How to daily art practice. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original. Read the post!
I share my top tools for creating quick compositions, sketches, and my process for going from those sketches to finished studio paintings. Would apply to any medium, but I work primarily in gouache. Go behind-the-scenes in my studio, see my supplies, materials, process, works in progress, and more. Painter/Artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting tools. Art painting lesson, sketches to finished painting. How to daily art practice: how I create finished paintings from simple thumbnail sketches. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original, fine art painter, gouache, landscape art.
Pictured: Potted Snowdrops, snowdrop flowers from a neighbour, original small painting. Created with gouache on tan coloured mixed media paper. Showing my studio table, supplies, art supplies, hands creating art. Feel inspired, learn to live a more creative life. Inside the studio of Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories). Go behind-the-scenes and see her top tools (mostly DIY) for creating quick compositions, sketches, and her process for going from those sketches to finished studio paintings. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting lesson. How to daily art practice. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original. Read the post!

Art Behind-the-Scenes

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Make big change in your life by starting a daily journaling practice. Clear negative thoughts and fears to better show up and do what you’re passionate about. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Showing creativity quote inspirational, motivational creativity quotes inspiration. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Learn how to live a more creative life and how to become more creative. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Save beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, positive quotes, short quotes deep, joy inside out, quotes deep meaningful. Aesthetic art, beautiful landscape art background of ocean, sky, water, light, by Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories).
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Journaling & Writing

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How I overcame perfectionism – first person life story by artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Make big change in your life by overcoming perfectionism. Stop perfectionism, end perfectionism forever. Make daily art, feel more freedom of expression, creativity, openness. How I beat perfectionism and made more and better art. How to overcome creative block. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas, how to become more creative. Learn how to live a more creative life, creative block exercise, art painting ideas, art ideas, art ideas sketches, art painting tools, fine art painter. Get daily painting advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Joy inside out, inner critics. Self-improvement. Read Michelle Darwin's Story about how she overcame perfectionism.
Make big change in your life in under 30 minutes/day by starting a daily journaling practice. Clear negative thoughts and fears to better show up and do what you’re passionate about. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin who has been journalling daily for 8 years! She shares creativity creativity exercises, creativity ideas, and different methods/approaches to journaling. Learn how to live a more creative life and how to become more creative. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Save beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, positive quotes, short quotes deep, joy inside out, quotes deep meaningful. Hands writing in journal with fountain pen. Get started easily and simply today.
How I overcame perfectionism – first person life story by artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Make big change in your life by overcoming perfectionism. Stop perfectionism, end perfectionism forever. Make daily art, feel more freedom of expression, creativity, openness. How I beat perfectionism and made more and better art. How to overcome creative block. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas, how to become more creative. Learn how to live a more creative life, creative block exercise, art painting ideas, art ideas, art ideas sketches, art painting tools, fine art painter. Get daily painting advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Joy inside out, inner critics. Self-improvement.

Motivation & Creative Flow

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Go behind-the-scenes with artist Michelle Darwin, see her top tools and process for painting from life. Develop a daily art practice, learn to be more creative, live a more creative life, how-to guide, daily painting, art painting tools, gouache painting, landscape illustration art, art drawing sketches, art painting lesson, gouache painting techniques. Creative artwork ideas, creativity exercises, how to live a more creative life, daily art practice, motivation, inspiration. Plein air painting, plein air kit, painting outdoors setup, tools, DIY. Simple easy how to get started painting from life. Painting still lives, interiors, rooms, houses, buildings, landscapes from life. Short painting studies, painting excercises. Composition, sketching tools. Michelle Darwin / Painted Stories.
Plein air painting sketches, sketchbook, how to paint from life – by artist Michelle Darwin
Go behind-the-scenes with artist Michelle Darwin, see her top tools and process for painting from life. Develop a daily art practice, learn to be more creative, live a more creative life, how-to guide, daily painting, art painting tools, gouache painting, landscape illustration art, art drawing sketches, art painting lesson, gouache painting techniques. Creative artwork ideas, creativity exercises, how to live a more creative life, daily art practice, motivation, inspiration. Plein air painting, plein air kit, painting outdoors setup, tools, DIY. Simple easy how to get started painting from life. Painting still lives, interiors, rooms, houses, buildings, landscapes from life. Short painting studies, painting excercises. Composition, sketching tools. Michelle Darwin / Painted Stories.
I've been journalling daily for 8 years using Julia Cameron's (of The Artist's Way book) Morning Pages approach. I share the benefits, and other options to try. Learn creativity exercises, how to live a more creative life, how to become more creative. Make a creativity vision board. Easy creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Overcome creative block, journal ideas, journaling, journaling ideas. Find motivation and inspiration. Get clear on your goals, priorities, life vision. Self improvement, inner critics, perfectionism, building self confidence and clarity, inner peace, daily habits. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Article by artist + writer Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories.
Clear negativity and fears, get clear on your life vision, with a daily journaling practice
I've been journalling daily for 8 years using Julia Cameron's (of The Artist's Way book) Morning Pages approach. I share the benefits, and other options to try. Learn creativity exercises, how to live a more creative life, how to become more creative. Make a creativity vision board. Easy creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Overcome creative block, journal ideas, journaling, journaling ideas. Find motivation and inspiration. Get clear on your goals, priorities, life vision. Self improvement, inner critics, perfectionism, building self confidence and clarity, inner peace, daily habits. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Article by artist + writer Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories.
How I overcame perfectionism – first person life story by artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Make big change in your life by overcoming perfectionism. Stop perfectionism, end perfectionism forever. Make daily art, feel more freedom of expression, creativity, openness. How I beat perfectionism and made more and better art. How to overcome creative block. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas, how to become more creative. Learn how to live a more creative life, creative block exercise, art painting ideas, art ideas, art ideas sketches, art painting tools, fine art painter. Get daily painting advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Joy inside out, inner critics. Self-improvement. Read Michelle Darwin's Story about how she overcame perfectionism.
Overcome perfectionism to live a more creative, abundant, expressive life!
How I overcame perfectionism – first person life story by artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Make big change in your life by overcoming perfectionism. Stop perfectionism, end perfectionism forever. Make daily art, feel more freedom of expression, creativity, openness. How I beat perfectionism and made more and better art. How to overcome creative block. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas, how to become more creative. Learn how to live a more creative life, creative block exercise, art painting ideas, art ideas, art ideas sketches, art painting tools, fine art painter. Get daily painting advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Joy inside out, inner critics. Self-improvement. Read Michelle Darwin's Story about how she overcame perfectionism.
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How to live a more creative life: start a daily journaling practice
Make big change in your life in under 30 minutes/day by starting a daily journaling practice. Clear negative thoughts and fears to better show up and do what you’re passionate about. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin who has been journalling daily for 8 years! She shares creativity creativity exercises, creativity ideas, and different methods/approaches to journaling. Learn how to live a more creative life and how to become more creative. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Save beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, positive quotes, short quotes deep, joy inside out, quotes deep meaningful. Hands writing in journal with fountain pen. Get started easily and simply today.
How I overcame perfectionism – first person life story by artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Make big change in your life by overcoming perfectionism. Stop perfectionism, end perfectionism forever. Make daily art, feel more freedom of expression, creativity, openness. How I beat perfectionism and made more and better art. How to overcome creative block. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas, how to become more creative. Learn how to live a more creative life, creative block exercise, art painting ideas, art ideas, art ideas sketches, art painting tools, fine art painter. Get daily painting advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Joy inside out, inner critics. Self-improvement. Art, Inspiration, Ideas, Motivation, Perfectionism Overcoming, Overcoming Perfectionism, Perfectionism, Daily Art, Daily Painting
Overcome Perfectionism to create more art – and live a healthier more creative life!
How I overcame perfectionism – first person life story by artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Make big change in your life by overcoming perfectionism. Stop perfectionism, end perfectionism forever. Make daily art, feel more freedom of expression, creativity, openness. How I beat perfectionism and made more and better art. How to overcome creative block. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas, how to become more creative. Learn how to live a more creative life, creative block exercise, art painting ideas, art ideas, art ideas sketches, art painting tools, fine art painter. Get daily painting advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Joy inside out, inner critics. Self-improvement.
a bowl filled with paint and brushes on top of a wooden table text reads how i go from sketch to finished studio painting + simple low - cost tools see behind the scenes
Studio behind-the-scenes: Sketch to finished painting by artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories)
Painter/Artist Michelle Darwin shares her top tools (mostly DIY and either low cost or free!!) for creating quick compositions, sketches, and her process for going from sketch to finished studio painting. She work in gouache and acrylic. Go behind-the-scenes in her studio, see her supplies, materials, process, works in progress, and more. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting tools. Art painting lesson, sketches to finished painting. How to daily art practice: how I create finished paintings from simple thumbnail sketches. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original, fine art painter, gouache, landscape art.
some paint brushes and other items on a wooden table
How to paint from life: Behind-the-scenes in my studio, process, tools, + more by Michelle Darwin
Pictured: Afternoon Stovetop, original small painting. Created with gouache on tan mixed media paper. Showing my studio table, supplies, art supplies, hands creating art. Feel inspired, learn to live a more creative life. Inside the studio of Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories). Go behind-the-scenes and see her top tools (mostly DIY) for creating quick compositions, sketches, and her process for going from those sketches to finished studio paintings. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting lesson. How to daily art practice. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original. Read the post!
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How to live a more creative life: Create a vision story, goal-setting, life plan
How to Create a Vision Story. Create visuals AND descriptive text covering key life areas. I share the exact process step-by-step that I follow that works amazingly – for years! See instructions with real life examples for how to create a simple vision story that will help you set and achieve your goals! Begin taking purposeful action toward your goals by setting a clear direction for yourself. Article by artist Michelle Darwin. Learn how to live a more creative life, do creativity exercises, make a creativity vision board, being creative vision board. Learn how to paint daily, build a daily art practice, how to be more creative art. Write affirmations, feel motivated, get motivation, inspiration, feel inspired, joy inside out. Free guide, PDF guide, free download, how-to guide.
Make big change in your life by starting a daily journaling practice. Clear negative thoughts and fears to better show up and do what you’re passionate about. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Showing creativity quote inspirational, motivational creativity quotes inspiration. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Learn how to live a more creative life and how to become more creative. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Save beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, positive quotes, short quotes deep, joy inside out, quotes deep meaningful. Aesthetic art, beautiful landscape art background of ocean, sky, water, light, by Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories). Inspirational Quotes, Daily Affirmations, Daily Gratitude, Minds Journal Quotes, Motivation Inspiration, Negative Thoughts, Empowering Quotes, Creativity Quotes
How to create an effective daily journaling practice (blog article) - Inspirational quote
Make big change in your life by starting a daily journaling practice. Clear negative thoughts and fears to better show up and do what you’re passionate about. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Showing creativity quote inspirational, motivational creativity quotes inspiration. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Learn how to live a more creative life and how to become more creative. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Save beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, positive quotes, short quotes deep, joy inside out, quotes deep meaningful. Aesthetic art, beautiful landscape art background of ocean, sky, water, light, by Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories).
Namaste :-)  Time and time again, I hear from clients that they feel a path is right for them, but how can they be certain? They want to know, “How can I be sure it will work out?” “How can I be sure I won’t fail?” “How can I be sure…”  It goes on and on. We crave certainty, which is so normal, so understandable, and so deeply human. We want to know that we will be ok, and our need to know, with certainty, keeps us stuck.  Here’s what tends to happen when we want to try something new, but we also feel uncertain: we half a** it. We do that by leaving ourselves backdoors.  I have done this in my career and relationships and it has always backfired.  These backdoors, these escape plans, may sound reasonable in theory, but in practice, you end up stretched in two different directions. Like a r Leadership, Namaste, Need To Know, When Us, Self Compassion
Fully committing to what is important to you
Namaste :-) Time and time again, I hear from clients that they feel a path is right for them, but how can they be certain? They want to know, “How can I be sure it will work out?” “How can I be sure I won’t fail?” “How can I be sure…” It goes on and on. We crave certainty, which is so normal, so understandable, and so deeply human. We want to know that we will be ok, and our need to know, with certainty, keeps us stuck. Here’s what tends to happen when we want to try something new, but we also feel uncertain: we half a** it. We do that by leaving ourselves backdoors. I have done this in my career and relationships and it has always backfired. These backdoors, these escape plans, may sound reasonable in theory, but in practice, you end up stretched in two different directions. Like a r
how i go from sketch to finished studio painting
Behind-the-Scenes: Studio process & tools for going from sketch to finished painting
I share my top tools for creating quick compositions, sketches, and my process for going from those sketches to finished studio paintings. Would apply to any medium, but I work primarily in gouache. Go behind-the-scenes in my studio, see my supplies, materials, process, works in progress, and more. Painter/Artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting tools. Art painting lesson, sketches to finished painting. How to daily art practice: how I create finished paintings from simple thumbnail sketches. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original, fine art painter, gouache, landscape art.
a person is doing something on top of a table with some papers and paintbrushes
Art painter aesthetic: Behind-the-Scenes: Painting studio of Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin
Pictured: Potted Snowdrops, snowdrop flowers from a neighbour, original small painting. Created with gouache on tan coloured mixed media paper. Showing my studio table, supplies, art supplies, hands creating art. Feel inspired, learn to live a more creative life. Inside the studio of Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories). Go behind-the-scenes and see her top tools (mostly DIY) for creating quick compositions, sketches, and her process for going from those sketches to finished studio paintings. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting lesson. How to daily art practice. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original. Read the post!
how i go from sketch to finished studio painting + see my top tools
How-to: Studio process & tools for going from sketch to finished painting
I share my top tools (mostly DIY) for creating quick compositions, sketches, and my process for going from sketch to finished studio painting. I work in gouache and acrylic. Go behind-the-scenes in my studio, see my supplies, materials, process, works in progress, and more. Painter/Artist Michelle Darwin of Painted Stories. Develop a daily art practice, learn to paint, painting process, behind-the-scenes, how to. Motivation and inspiration. Art painting tools. Art painting lesson, sketches to finished painting. How to daily art practice: how I create finished paintings from simple thumbnail sketches. Working from photo reference or from life or even imagination. Painting tools, meet the artist original, fine art painter, gouache, landscape art.
How to create a simple and effective daily journaling practice (blog article) - Inspirational quote
Make big change in your life by starting a daily journaling practice. Clear negative thoughts and fears to better show up and do what you’re passionate about. Article by artist and writer Michelle Darwin. Showing creativity quote inspirational, motivational creativity quotes inspiration. Including creativity exercises, creativity ideas. Learn how to live a more creative life and how to become more creative. Get journal ideas, daily journaling advice, tips, suggestions. Find motivation. Save beautiful quotes, quotes deep feelings, positive quotes, short quotes deep, joy inside out, quotes deep meaningful. Aesthetic art, beautiful landscape art background of ocean, sky, water, light, by Nova Scotia artist Michelle Darwin (Painted Stories).