Tuesday, January 24, 2012

JAN 24th Toon Tuesday, A Freebie & Playing With Fire

Hi there Journal & Friends,

With the shiny new year of 2012, I am shifting some of my emphasis to what I want: my art, and to live my life to the fullest, becoming who I was meant to be, living with passion and purpose. 

That's why I'm working, afterall, to lose weight and regain health. That's my WHY. I want to focus on that, on what I WANT, not focus on what I do NOT want. To look forward, not backward. 

I was reminded recently that our brain can't tell the difference between a negative or a positive. For instance, think of a pink elephant.

Now... do NOT think of the pink elephant. I don't know about you, but every time I close my eyes and say "do NOT think of a pink elephant"... I DO! This silly example helps to remind me not to focus on "I don't want to be fat"...but rather... "I want to be healthy, strong and lighter". 

So... on to focus on what I DO want. :-D

For my birthday, my sister Karen sent me a birthday card with this quote: 

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." --Albert Schweitzer

Today for Toon Tuesday, I want to offer a VLOG showing--in speed drawing mode--my doodle of Word Bubble #1. It will be blank in the middle, and I offer the finished doodle below as a free download to anyone who would like to play along. You get to pick your own inspiring word to add to the center. 

By the way, I kinda sorta goofed, and didn't leave a very large word bubble in the middle. Sorry 'bout dat. Next time I'll make the blank space bigger. :-}

Here's the finished blank for you to download. Be sure to click and enlarge, so you download the large file, not the thumbnail.

 I'm going to dink around this coming week and color mine. You are welcome to do whatever you want to yours... color it, change it, glitter it, alter it, collage it, whatever. And next Tuesday it would so fun if you came back and gave a link to your blog to share your results, if you're comfortable doing so. 

Only one rule: Have fun! Remember when we were kids and not worried about "being good"? So give yourself permission to just goof around and play, okay?  :-D

Remember the above quote from my sister Karen? The inspiring word I added to my word bubble is FIRE!

This is a first for me, drawing with a camera watching. In INK! No pencil, no eraser. No plan, other than to leave a word bubble in the middle. New year... new adventures!

Speed Doodling - Word Bubble #1 by Retta

(For an easier to see larger version, just

For you busybees who don't have 6 min to watch (or maybe you're at work) that's okay, just swipe a copy of the doodle and play along anyway. :-)

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 890


mamajuliana said...

Thank you! I have downloaded mine and I will definitely be playing along. I have a new collection of 'art pens' that I have not used yet, so now I can get creative!!! You're warned..I am not that artsy! I have a board meeting today at noon and it looks to be pretty stressful...so instead of eating afterward I can do my doodle!!!! Thank you so much! for providing a stress buster for me today!

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M Pax said...

It was cool to watch you create your art. Thanks for sharing. The applause at the end was great. Fire is a great word. Not sure what word I'll choose. Will think it over.

Great on the perspective shift, too.

Rettakat said...

Mamajuliana: stress buster... I like that!

Deb: I'm glad you liked it, it was fun to do.

Mary: Oh goodie, you're joining the fun!

debby said...

Loretta, that was fascinating! I am going to download the doodle so I can use my colored pencils! How fun. Did you say how long it took in real time?

Rettakat said...

Debby: oh, I didn't think to mention it. The total time before I did the "speed" setting to it was 67 minutes! For some reason I didn't think most folks would want to sit and watch THAT long, LOL!

Scarlet Simple said...

I'm going to print the doodle tomorrow (because I just put my printer away (my cats will destroy it if I don't). I watched the video! It was fascinating how it all came together!

Anne H said...

LOVE the music too.... You are a very talented artist!

Rettakat said...

Aww, thank you Anne.
And I liked that music, too. It was from an archive of old music in the public domain, from the 1930's.

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