Dive into art making, do this regularly.

Sometimes when you're creating art, you get caught up in the "doing", thinking about your next project, getting your right materials or thinking of how you're going to tackle a project.

In the meantime, beautiful things around you are happening.




Beautiful things such as:

  • The privilege of creating art. Period.
  • The beauty of learning and experimenting (mistakes included.)
  • Witnessing other people's creativity and desire to create.
  • Taking small steps or big leaps forward.

Celebrate all these things! 

A funny thing happened when I compiled my 14+ Five Minute Sketches and put them in a video. I really took time to look at a them in sequence and the quick sketches made me really happy. It might be that it was reflecting the life I am living, my daily life and of course my loved ones. This visual diary reminded me that I am surrounded by beauty - even the mundane chore of making fried eggs in the morning was beautiful.

Here's the one sketch I totally forgot to put in the video.

I started off with the dying dogwoods in front of my house and then the trees behind it. Far away, I saw my lonely white mailbox.

Boy, was I glad that mailbox was there. Not only did it add interest to my quick sketch, but I appreciated it much more because I took time to look at it.

Little wonders like that can happen with art.

I'm happy to report that the 5 minute sketch is still going strong and I'm planning to give you regular updates on my daily practice. 


An important thing to do WHILE you're taking action to accomplish your creative goals is to take time to smell the roses. There are plenty of them. Remember to celebrate small steps, big leaps, creative community, people you love and the beauty that surrounds you daily. It's also known as finding joy in the journey.


How will you celebrate the pockets of beauty around you?
With a high five, a hot bath, a cappuccino, a video, a hug, a smile or a kind word? The possibilities are endless.

While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.
— Mattie Stepanek