"Keep flowers by your bed."

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, and to start up again in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic feels a little weird.

Still, I’ve had so many thoughts and tutorials swimming around in my head and now, with the world at a halt, I’ve got time. So, let’s roll.

I wanted to share some advice I received from a dear friend and mentor back in 2015. She was telling me about the season in her life when she decided to quit drinking, and her journey to sobriety took her through deep depression. She summed up a big takeaway from that experience:

“Keep fresh flowers by your bed. You need beauty around you, especially when things have turned to shit.”

Over the years, I’ve taken that advice to heart. My home is a little museum of original art, treasures from the woods, books, and flowers. All the things that ignite little sparks of happiness in me.

Art creates a little bright spot in the world. It’s something to enjoy when times are good, and cling to when times are bad. The process of creating it is cathartic, and the process of treasuring it is healing.

And I know right now things are feeling rough for a lot of us. So in the next season, I will share more watercolor tips and exercises to keep you company. I’ll also be launching my own online store and creating lots of new free content in my downtime.

To be honest, I struggle a lot with organization and consistency, and I have a hard time trusting myself to keep up with new habits and plans. It takes a long time for me to find a system that works, so I’m not going to make any big promises right now.

What I can say though, is that I do have a lot of tutorials and content that I’ve been squirreling away, and now I have time to produce them. And I’m very excited about that!
More soon,

❤ janie

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