Art For Those Who Hate Messing Up

Last week was a doozy! On Valentine's Day, I had to coordinate this event for Loot Rentals where we gave away 16 free weddings. It was so much fun, but A LOT of work went into it. By Wednesday, it felt like a weekend was necessary so I took Thursday and Friday off and just relaxedddd. I had to pick up some fabric from JoAnn Fabric for a photo shoot next week and ended up buying all the supplies necessary to PAINT! I got really into it and it ended up being so relaxing and fun. Just what I needed.

I started by gathering inspiration. I love Katie Craig's work and Kristen Ley's work, so I pulled some photos of their work, found some color palettes I liked on Pinterest, and just started painting! The best part about abstract art is that you really can't mess up. And even if you do, you just paint over it and keep going.

I started by painting a base layer, letting it dry, adding another color detail, letting it dry, etc. But if you want a more organic look, you can start adding more colors before the other ones dry and see how they blend together. The more I paint, the more I feel like I'm developing my own style and techniques. It's so fun to see what comes off of the brush! Below you can see my first three painting: "Sherbert," "Peach Lemonade," and "Toothpaste." - Carm

abstract art by carmen collins
abstract art by carmen collins
abstract art by carmen collins

The World's Pickiest Eater Attempts Whole30!

Today is my first day of attempting the Whole30 program. Honestly, I think I'm probably one of the last people on the planet to even try it, but it's because it intimidates me so much! I don't think I've ever done ANYTHING for 30 days straight... I've been reading Melissa Hartwig's book "Food Freedom Forever," and she says, if it scares you so much, that's exactly WHY you should do it. So here we go.

The hardest part for me is going to be no cheese... and tortilla chips... and popcorn. I also feel like I've been craving sugar like CRAZY recently, so I'm hoping 30 days will be all it takes to get rid of my "sugar dragon" as Melissa says.

I feel at somewhat of a disadvantage because I'm the world's pickiest eater. I went to the grocery store last night to stock up on Whole30-approved foods and after walking around Central Market for an hour, my cart was still pretty empty. I'm planning on focusing on plain foods and easy recipes (like always), and incorporating more fruit in as snacks.

I'm hoping that by posting about my intentions here, it'll keep me more accountable, so we'll see how it goes! Have you ever done the Whole30 before? Do you have any tips for picky eaters?

day 1 of whole30 -- here we go!

photo via herriott grace