Thursday, July 20, 2017

21 Days to Creative Abundance - Day 10

Color, Color, Color!
The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add ROUTINES and 
RITUALS to your working life 
designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration.” ~ Cal Newport, author of Deep Work

Sebastian Michaels in his creative abundance program, advocates developing the habit of working in timed blocks of 25 to 50 minutes followed by a short break. I’ve set up three 50 minute block alerts in the morning, signaled by a high energy song that makes me get out of my chair and dance. After dancing a song’s worth, I push the snooze button and when it goes off, I’m back to my computer, re-energized.
I’m finding that the timed aspect of this process keeps me from wandering off to check email … or the refrigerator. Also helpful for the email part of this was turning off my notifications that tell me when a new email has arrived. (Most of them are junk mail or political stuff that just takes me way off track anyway.)

Challenge #10 - for this challenge, we were called to capture a great passion on canvas and to be big, bold, focused on the passion and dramatic. Color seems to be the driver, the passion, in my art so I focused on that and incorporated a small piece of art I did years ago, one of the few I brought to Mexico with me. 
Two base photos:

This post was prompted by Sebastian Michael's "21 Days to Creative Living" and "Photoshop Artistry" programs. More information here,


  1. Joyce, I love the movement in this piece--and the Cal Newport quote. Perfect!

    1. I'm definitely finding all of this helpful. hugs.