Why is it so daunting to start a piece of artwork?

Back when I was in school, I always felt very anxious when faced with a huge piece of white paper and told to draw something. That was then and this is now.

Now, I am an artist, muralist and art tutor and I have taught myself that starting a piece of artwork is very much like taking on any project. It requires some back ground knowledge and skill, but the most important thing that you need is courage. You need to boldly go into it with fear, but ACTION, knowing that it may be your best or worse piece, but whatever the outcome, it doesn’t really matter as its all about getting you used to facing something that you thought you couldn’t accomplish!

After completing my paint a day challenge that I set myself where I painted a painting every day for a year, starting a painting soon became my friend ;). I would look at the paper and just begin. It was always the idea of starting that would cause so much stress in my mind, but once I was into it, I was on a roll!

Practise makes perfect which has been said many times before, but that is because it is so true! If I had not painted a painting a day or set up my YouTube drawing channel, I would not be so accurate and fast as an artist at what I produce now when I paint murals on walls and get huge commissions.

When I get in front of the camera and start my drawing on my YouTube channel, I always feel nervous at the start as the idea of it going wrong is very disheartening as I know I will judge myself quite harshly and sometimes even think I cant draw anymore, but I think its important to have my channel to show people that it is not edited and what goes up is whats happening in real life. I make mistakes and drop pencils etc, but its okay as we are human and its all part of having fun with trying new things out!

I think much like life is your canvas quote, a canvas is quite symbolic of how you feel in your life at the moment and how you approach obstacles. If you kept meaning to start that painting and still have not, where else are you doing that in other areas of your life where you keep meaning to start something and don’t. Have you started the painting but it is still not finished. Where in your life is that showing up for you also?

I think once you walk into the fear of starting something without judgement you never really look back and you never regret it as the satisfaction of trying and having taken action outweighs the worry of what someone or more to the point, yourself might think of the finished result.

Give it a go and start a painting today! If not a painting, a project you have been meaning to begin!

Now is the only time we have.

Emmylou xx

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Are You Scared Of Creativity? If So, Why?

Many people that I ask this to say yes. They are not really sure what the question is, but the answer is almost always yes. There is a story from their childhood about a bad experience that they had with an art teacher in school or a piece of art being judged by someone else and they decided that they were not ‘good’ at art from that point forward. They did not realise it, but they had defined themselves by someone who cannot draw or is ‘good’ at art and is not a creative person.

Creativity is not just art. Creativity is music, cooking, gardening, playing, visualising, experimenting, exploring and seeing the world through the eyes of an inquisitive child. Creativity is so much more than being able to draw or paint. Its about the journey rather than the end result.

We are all able to be creative and we all deserve to make time for these things as creativity is the foundation for everything we do in our lives as it grounds us and balances us and that feeling feeds through to all the other areas in our lives, benefitting not only our wellbeing, but our friends, family and the impact in the world. Businesses everywhere are now looking for more creative individuals as computers cannot create authenticity and that is what the world is becoming more of. People want to be more mindful, more present and in the moment with their loved ones. People want honesty and integrity. They want to be more true to themselves which ultimately leads to happiness and thats all that anyone really wants. to be happy.


Being creative once again like the children we were is about letting the rules go. Let other people judgements go and let yourself be free to explore what you find creating is to you. It might be cooking, journalling, cleaning or rearranging a space. It might be building a sand castle or playing with your kids. Whatever it is, step into it and be present with it. Breathe in the moment and know that this perfect moment will never be the exact same again.

To start your journey of being more creative, watch my YOUTUBE video with you child or just yourself and have a go at creating a piece of art with me. Have fun with it and enjoy the moment spent with your child or yourself.

You are worth the time that you invest in living a life thats filled with happiness and authentic moments. You are worth everything you desire and it starts with creativity of the self.

Lots of love,

Emmylou xxx

5 Simple Things You Can Do Daily To Increase Creativity 


It is so important today with so many distractions, commitments and endless chores, to take time out for yourself. Whatever your age, we all face stressful and challenging situations and we need an outlet to express ourselves and feel free to truly be ourselves.

This is not always easy, but to make it a little more simpler, below are 5 things I have personally done and stuck to that only take under 10 mins a day! That's almost half the time it takes to brush your teeth depending, on how long you brush your teeth for..:

Try this out for a week and you will be amazed at how much more connected and creative you will feel in your life.


1 - Look out of a window at something green (nature) and say out loud; ‘thank you’ for two things in your life.


2 - Sit on a chair, hands flat on your lap, feet firm on the ground. Close your eyes and breathe in five deep breaths.


3 - On a piece of paper with your dominant hand, write yourself a question that you want to ask yourself: e.g; How do i feel today? With your non dominant hand write the answer. Don't think about it. Just write it. Don't judge it. Just accept what the answer is.


4 - Still stilling on the chair, put a song on that you love. With a pen on paper, scribble on the paper to the movement of the song. Feel the music and let go. Scribble!


5 - Stand up from the chair and shake your body. Jump up and down. Shake your hands and dance however your body want to move!

Give yourself a high five then look in the mirror and say - I LOVE YOU!

At first, you might feel strange or silly doing these steps, but everything feels strange to begin with until you get the hang of it!

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