By Celebrity & Corporate Artist Derek Russell
Welcome to "Sunday's Shared Secret" #2
Spring is just around the corner and it's time for some change. Change in the way we look at things. Change in our behaviors. Change in the way we live our lives.
thousands of thoughts run through our minds.
we are constantly thinking,
constantly wanting more.
And in this fast-paced world
where information is at our fingertips -
We spend countless hours worrying...
about work & about deadlines,
and about following the rules
and pleasing others.
We worry about making money (& saving money & spending money)
and about fitting in and how others judge us.
We worry about finding our soulmate.
We worry about our looks - are we skinny enough, muscular enough, or have clear skin.
We worry when we turn on the news or listen to the radio -
As it's hard not to be consumed by the onslaught of negativity being broadcasted.
We worry about staying healthy.
We worry about the unknown -
And the scary thoughts of what tomorrow will bring.
But we can change all that -
Are you ready to take back control of your life?
I know this can be extremely hard to do.
Trust me -
I've been there,
And I sometimes find myself back there
When I feel lonesome
But there are ways to fight back
And continue to WIN in the game of life.
It's time to release these limiting beliefs
And breathe in the beauty that surrounds us.
For in the simple exercise of concentrated breathing
We can change worlds,
We can find peace of mind,
We can discover our true selves.
And as we continue to educate ourselves
We will begin to take risks
And find comfort in uncertainty.
For when we take time everyday to appreciate life & all her majesty
We truly feel alive.
Life is about
Rejoicing and celebrating with family.
It's about enjoying the great outdoors
And the sweet aroma of Spring.
It's about taking time for yourself
And experiencing firsthand the power of being present.
Take 5 minutes everyday
To let this power infuse your body
and with laughter.
And so we have it - today's advice
: Slow down & roll with the punches - you will be amazed at how being present in your everyday life makes you so incredibly happy :)
Join me on my blog every month as I share with you what has worked so wonderfully and magically for me.
My tips and tricks will range:
From inspirational messages to witty humor getting you to think creatively,
From simple step by step ideas to unique opportunities that are available to all of us.
And in the end
It really comes down to
Helping us all live better, more fulfilling lives.
I hope to see you next month.
Learn more about me
About Derek Russell
Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.
His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.
The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.
After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.
And then one day, it clicked for him.
He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.
When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.
He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.
He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.
Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.