Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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Prayer Plant Oil Sketches and My New Social Media Plan

Prayer Plant Oil Sketches and My New Social Media Plan

30 minute oil sketch of the prayer plant on my studio table.

30 minute oil sketch of the prayer plant on my studio table.

I’ve been trying to take better care of myself. I think it’s best if I just devote some time to myself and my craft without feeling this need to post EVERYTHING to social media and then obsess about how well it did or didn’t do, especially because what people seem to love/feel ambivalent about is so directly opposite to my own feelings!

I’ve been doing 30 minutes every morning in my sun lamp first thing in attempt to boost my mood and these quick sketches are fun, low stress, and unimportant. But they make me feel good. I like exploring in this sketch book with NO NEED to share it.

Jay suggested I use instagram less in my day and I can feel in my heart that this would be a good move. I just can’t control my urge to compare myself to everyone else. But as he pointed out: I am doing as well as I possibly can at this moment. I have a couple months of commissions lined up, I have limited time to actually create, people seem happy enough to pay me to paint.

There is literally no problem with my artistic success except that I will always feel lesser on social media.

SO here is the new plan. I relegated Instagram to the far depths of my phone’s app folder (beside facebook, which has lived there for months and I barely check it now and don’t miss it!). I will still post if I make something new and want to share it but I will try to limit my use to once per day. I will focus more on blogging and will reply more to blog comments (which is easy because I never get any! Haha!) Blogging still makes me feel good. Obviously this won’t be a foolproof plan but I want to give it a shot!

Have any of you tried limiting your instagram use? Any tips? Did it fail horribly?!

Logic Puzzles and Sketches (One Day With Limited Social Media)

Logic Puzzles and Sketches (One Day With Limited Social Media)

Botanical Sketchbook: Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Botanical Sketchbook: Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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