Self-Portrait Challenge: Day 29 Thinking good thoughts


Silhouette on Sgraffito paper 

This is a silhouette I did of myself – i took a side view photo (can you saw awkward?)  printed it out and then placed it on top of a “failed” crayon sgraffito paper and then simply cut it out. I don’t really like this portrait but i thought it would be a good idea to have a bit of variety in this challenge!


Replacing the stinky thoughts with good thoughts

Yesterday i received some disappointing news regarding a project which i thought was pretty awesome and would definitely be a go.  It would have been pretty lucrative for me.  Anyways after receiving the news i slipped into my “default setting” of negative, stinky thoughts – “I’m not good enough, not talented enough, not ever going to be successful – yadda yadda yadda”.  I could feel myself slipping into a major funk.  So I decided to take myself to a little coffee shop by the beach, write about my feelings, draw the above self-portrait and then go and spend some time at the beach.  I wedged myself between two large rocks, buried my feet into the pebbles (the sand was further away) and lay there facing the sun.  I let the beach and the sun embrace me while i thought positive thoughts about myself.  I decided to replace the stinky thoughts with loving positive thoughts. It’s amazing how simply doing this can shift your mood!  Try it sometime!

I only have one day left on my challenge and as you can see I’m behind……so I’ll be catching up the next few days.  I plan on bundling all of these self-portraits together and create a book!


We celebrated Mr. G’s birthday this weekend – the lucky guy had 2 not one birthday cakes and birthday celebrations! He was royally spoiled.  We spent quality time with a few friends and then Mr. G’s family.


Here he is receiving a little bit of help from his grandson Leium.

Thank you everyone for leaving me messages – I am sorry i have not had time to respond yet – i really appreciate your comments and of course read each and every one of them!

Have you signed up for Brave Girl’s inspirational Daily Truth e-mails ? – yesterday they used one of my bird portraits in their Daily truth messages.  Thanks so much! You can submit your birdie art so you can be featured as the “little birdie artist of the day” too!  While you are at the Brave Girl’s Club have a poke around and be inspired by all of the goodness there!


8 Comments on Self-Portrait Challenge: Day 29 Thinking good thoughts

  1. Maripat/Luna Doyle Oberg
    August 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm (9 years ago)

    YES!! I get the daily Brave Girls Daily Truth mailings, when I saw the picture I knew it had to be one of YOURS!!! I love the birds on heads you’ve done! Somewhere I still have the Cloth Paper Scissors issue that included some patterns you shared for using in art. I’d been thinking about them just the day before your bird portrait appeared again. Serendipity! (I like that word better than coincidence and synchornicity, it’s more fun!)

    Yesterday must have been a day for disappointments, several beautiful women had them, myself included. You are so right about replacing those stinky thoughts with positive self-loving thoughts. Journaling and art journaling are the ways I do that for myself. It worked yesterday, that and a field of sunflowers and a gorgeous day helped a lot!

    I’m sorry about your disappointment. 🙁 Yesterday when doing my art journal page I used a Jane Austen quote: “There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are apt to expect too much; but then if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong we make a second better; we find comfort somewhere else.”

    The silhouette is fun! Love it!

    I wish you a brighter day filled with all kinds of shiny and sparkly!


  2. Bronny Koch
    August 31, 2011 at 1:31 am (9 years ago)

    Sorry to hear of your disappointment…. don’t think of it as a refelection of you, or your work……. the timing is not right maybe…. anyway, something else is JUST around the corner… be patient… {hugs}

  3. Timaree (freebird)
    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 am (9 years ago)

    The silhouette is great as is the positive thoughts one. I’m sorry your project wasn’t accepted. That would be a big disappointment but you seem to have kept yourself out of the pit of despair. Way to go! I’m still working on my portraits. I’m up to #9. Have a long ways to go.

  4. april
    August 31, 2011 at 10:57 am (9 years ago)

    Dear Violette,

    YOU did not receive a rejection. Your IDEA was rejected. From one company.

    Very few GREAT ideas are accepted on the first go-round. Perhaps your idea needs some tweeking, to be incubated in its fluffy nest just a little longer, maybe some more GLITTER?

    How many times did Mr. Edison have to attempt to make the lightbulb before finally getting it right? How many people told him it would never work?

    And then share it with people that are open to seeing your vision!

    With Love and great expectations, April ps all this free advice from one that is too chicken to even show anyone but family and friends my little experiments LOL

  5. Susan Dedora
    August 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Violette,

    I loved this article and thought you might like his perspective as well. It’s not really relevant to your post but he’s got some good ideas. The Quiet Theory of Influence

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 you’re so very wonderful.
    Love and hugs, Susan

    • admin
      September 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Susan – yes these ideas are totally relevant……i love this site and check it out now and then – Zen habits is awesome!

      Hope you enjoy the long weekend!
      Love, violette

  6. Jennifer @ Live Art.fully
    September 2, 2011 at 4:02 am (9 years ago)

    I LOVE and ADORE Brave Girls Club!! I submitted a little birdie I did with oil pastels. I’ll have to go back now that I found your blog and look at your birdie again.

    • admin
      September 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm (9 years ago)

      Jennifer – did your little birdie go up already on the Brave Girl’s site? I would love to see it!
      Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂

      Love, Violette


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