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So I started a YouTube channel…
An Artist’s Vlog
So, I thought it would be a good idea to start a YouTube channel, inspired by others that I subscribe to. The vloggers that I follow give the viewer a peek into their world, a romanticised view that helps me escape into a different reality for just a few minutes. The videos, which I will list below, are calming and soothing and bring me joy. I look forward to their posts as they give me new ideas, a few moments of ‘taking it slow’ and I guess I wanted to do the same.
After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2014, I found myself having to give up work. I could no longer cope with the fatigue and the chronic pain and so, with the support of my husband, I decided that I had to take some time for myself. It took me a while to adapt to a different lifestyle, a completely different way of living. It would be easy for me to list all the negative things about living with a chronic illness, however, I want to talk about the positive impact it has had on my life. My body forced me to just stop, to refocus, to rebalance. I was now at home and at times felt rather sorry for myself. Slowly but surely I started to regain some quality of life and I was able to reignite my passion for art. With the help of some wonderful artists and their positive videos I was able to brush up on my skills and teach myself to paint with watercolour, gouache and acrylic.
“Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible.”
– Richard Kamler
I was able to hone my skills and follow my dream of becoming an artist. Art gave me a purpose, lowered my stress levels and helped with my healing process as I was forced to slow down. I turned to nature which helped me to observe my surroundings in closer detail, finding beauty all around me. From these observations I was able to find inspiration for my art. As I began to share my artwork with my family and friends, I slowly built up my confidence and self esteem, getting lots of positive praise and encouragement, I decided to put my art out there.
“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.”
– Julia Cameron
Then 3 years ago I set up my own website, this led to me posting on Instagram and writing my own blog. I love writing as I am able to share my thoughts and observations with others. When people read my words I want them to feel a sense of calm and comfort. This is why I am now pursuing my new venture with my YouTube channel. A vlog that is easy to watch, no drama, just some beautiful observations, a look into my world, for just a few minutes, where you can take some time for yourself to stop and rebalance. My YouTube videos certainly won’t be perfect, but they will be authentic. I film my videos using my iPhone and an iPad. I don’t own any filming equipment or editing software, so you’ll have to forgive my amateurish offerings, but ultimately my aim is to share with you the beautiful nature that surrounds us.
I have downloaded 2 videos on YouTube so far. You’ll find me if you search for Purple Ladybird Art. I really appreciate those that have subscribed already. Take some time for yourself this weekend. Grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, relax and try peeking into someone else’s world, even if it’s just for a few minutes, you never know, you may just be inspired to try something new.
Stay naturally curious..
Clare 💜🙏 xx
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