I will always miss ~ poem and design by Natalie Ducey
Poems, The Heart's Lullaby

Following your passion! 💕 #RRBC #IARTG #LoveWhatYouDo

Cheers!

I haven’t written a blog post in a while. Shame on me. Well … that ends today!

Interesting things are transpiring. There’s a shift that happens when we remove the self-imposed restraints we tend to shame ourselves into believing are necessary. We have responsibilities, yes, there’s no questioning that. But we so easily drift away from ourselves. Our joy and quest for inner peace slips down the proverbial list of priorities.

The one thing I’ve discovered, and know with complete certainty, is that I’m more whole now than I’ve ever been. And here’s the awesome revelation: In this state of being, I’m able to give so much more. So, why not give it a try? Just go for it, and make yourself a priority. Yes… yes… I know it’s tough, but it’s totally okay to give it a try. You owe yourself that much. I triple-dog-dare ya!

Writing has been my saving grace, but I recently discovered my passion for art. The best way I can describe it is this: writing saved me; art freed me. I never would have discovered this, though, if I didn’t make myself a priority.

Many of you know that I write poetry. For any new visitors … I’m so delighted you’re here and welcome! Did you get the complimentary cookies? The regulars know that I always usually sometimes have a batch of homemade fresh treats. Welcome to my happy place!

Okay, back to my revelation. Art. I love art, particularly abstract art. It fascinates me.

When I share poems and verses, I always like to pair them with an image. My fascination with art isn’t just visual. I love creating it! I’m not an artist, but I don’t really have a problem with that little, irrelevant detail.

A story to share … I found an image on Pixabay that looks very similar to the image that accompanies the verse below, but I didn’t want to use that image. I wanted to create something similar. I was obsessed with understanding and learning the process of creating these abstract forms. I have no formal training, but I’m passionate about learning. YouTube and I have become dear friends.

I soon discovered that the abstract picture of the girl on the swing was made from an actual image also available on Pixabay. Everything is perfectly legit, but can you imagine my reaction? I was amazed and in a state of bliss. I was able to apply the abstract process (the process that I didn’t even understand yet; see a pattern?) to the same picture. Cool, right?

Long story long. Thanks to YouTube and Photoshop, I created exactly what I set out to do! I then framed the image using a mockup. If you don’t know about mockups, can you please let me know by leaving a comment? They are gems for marketing and showcasing your work. Gems to showcase your gems, my friends! I kid you not. I’ll share (with glee) what I’ve learned since I discovered them about a year ago.

I made this with my friends YouTube and Photoshop!!

This is a verse from The Heart’s Lullaby collection.

Might Have Been ~ A Poem by Natalie Ducey
Might Have Been by Natalie Ducey ~ Available in Etsy Shop

 

This is the original picture from Pixabay.

If you prefer this picture more, please don’t tell me.

I’m content to live blissfully unaware. 😉

girl on swing

 

Love what you do. Make yourself a priority.

Every day we have the opportunity to begin again.

How amazing is that?

Cheers and much love to all. ♥

40 thoughts on “Following your passion! 💕 #RRBC #IARTG #LoveWhatYouDo”

  1. It’s wonderful to hear you are so happy in all that you do and that you have found a real passion for art Natalie. I use Photoshop most days and find it such a creative way to express myself through design. Congratulations on your beautiful new work.

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    1. Lizzie, I absolutely love it. It’s life changing. 🙂
      I learn something new in Photoshop every day. It’s amazing what designers can do. I also love that so many artists share their knowledge in the most supportive way. It’s awesome.
      I started painting as well. Yup! I have a digital tablet and use a simulated painting software program. I’m in a happy place. Thanks so much for stopping by today and for your continued support and kind words. Cheers! 🙂

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  2. Great advice, Natalie. If you don’t make yourself a priority, happy and loving what you do, how can you be of any use, even to yourself? I have been there once, and I know how it feels. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. It’s soooooo true, Joy! The amazing thing is that we have so much more to give when we’re in a place of peace and fulfillment. I’m pretty much smiling all the time now. Isn’t that awesome?
      I’m so grateful for your visit today and kind words. Thank you, dear friend! XO

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  3. I love this post and your message. Not easy to do, but so important:) I share a similar passion of combining words and pictures…you do yours beautifully. I had taken a photoshop class in college and need to go back and refresh on the steps, again. I even have an old verison I can’t use anymore, but I will figure it out again for new poetry book. It’s all a matter of wanting to figure it out and then making the time. Mockup isn’t a term I’m familiar with, I admit. I’m not artistic at all–but i love to take pictures and work with them. Thanks for a great post and glad you are back!

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    1. Denise, I think we have so much in common, and that’s just awesome! I revisited your poetry last night. We both have a strong connection with nature. Your writing soothes the soul, and that’s such a beautiful gift.
      I’m definitely going to share a post about mockups. I use them in all presentations/marketing of my work – my books, my poems, etc. I also offer customized stationery and greetings cards in my Etsy Shop. A mockup helps the user show his/her work in the most realistic format. Basically, it’s a scene to showcase your work. In the image above, for example, the frame, flowers, brick wall, etc. are all part of the mockup. I just placed my poem/image into the frame. How cool is that?!
      Once I’ve written the blog post for mockups, I’ll be sure to send you the link to the post. I think you’ll love using them.
      Thanks so much for stopping by today. It’s always a joy to see you here. 🙂

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  4. Natalie, I love beautifully you use art to present your verses and poetry. It sounds like you are really taken with exploring art. I can get around in Photoshop and know basics and intermediate tricks but I’m far from skilled with it. And I’ve never used a mock-up? Is that the setting/framing part in the image?

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    1. Thanks so much, Mae! I absolutely love it. It’s life changing. 🙂
      I learn something new in Photoshop every day. It’s amazing what designers can do. I also love that so many artists share their knowledge in the most supportive way. It’s the best.
      I’m definitely going to share a post about mockups. I use them in all presentations/marketing of my work – my books, my poems, etc. I also offer customized stationery and greetings cards in my Etsy Shop. A mockup helps the user show his/her work in the most realistic format. Basically, it’s a scene to showcase your work. In the image above, for example, the frame, flowers, brick wall, etc. are all part of the mockup. I just placed my poem/image into the frame. How cool is that?!
      Once I’ve written the blog post for mockups, I’ll be sure to send you the link to the post. I think you’ll love using them. Thanks so much for stopping by today. It’s always a joy to see you here. And your support is awesome. Cheers! 🙂

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      1. I thought maybe that’s what a mock-up was. I’ll definitely be interested in seeing your post about them. I love how you present your work. Hopefully, it’s not beyond my skills to give it a whirl!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! Living a life of gratitude is a game changer. The amazing thing is that we have so much more to give when we’re in a place of peace and fulfillment. I’m pretty much smiling all the time now. Isn’t that awesome?
      I’m definitely going to share a post about mockups. I use them in all presentations/marketing of my work – my books, my poems, etc. I also offer customized stationery and greetings cards in my Etsy Shop. A mockup helps the user show his/her work in the most realistic format. Basically, it’s a scene to showcase your work. In the image above, for example, the frame, flowers, brick wall, etc. are all part of the mockup. I just placed my poem/image into the frame. How cool is that?!
      Once I’ve written the blog post for mockups, I’ll be sure to send you the link to the post. I think you’ll love using them.
      I’m so grateful for your visit today and kind words. Thank you, dear friend! 🙂

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    1. So kind of you to say, Colleen. Thank you! Living a life of gratitude is a game changer. The amazing thing is that we have so much more to give when we’re in a place of peace and fulfillment. I’m pretty much smiling all the time now. Isn’t that awesome?
      I’m so grateful for your visit today and kind words. Thank you! 🙂

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  5. Lovely mockup and message, Natalie! ❤ I love art too and would love to know more about mockups (first I've heard of them). I so enjoy your beautiful poetry and all of the fabulous art that goes with them. You are one talented lady! xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Bette! I absolutely love it. It’s life changing.
      I learn something new in Photoshop every day. It’s amazing what designers can do. I also love that so many artists share their knowledge in the most supportive way. It’s the best.
      I’m definitely going to share a post about mockups. I use them in all presentations/marketing of my work – my books, my poems, etc. I also offer customized stationery and greetings cards in my Etsy Shop. A mockup helps the user show his/her work in the most realistic format. Basically, it’s a scene to showcase your work. In the image above, for example, the frame, flowers, brick wall, etc. are all part of the mockup. I just placed my poem/image into the frame. How cool is that?!
      Once I’ve written the blog post for mockups, I’ll be sure to send you the link to the post. I think you’ll love using them. Thanks so much for stopping by today. It’s always a joy to see you here. And your support is awesome. Cheers! XO

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  6. What a beautiful post, Natalie, and oh so timely for me! In fact, I am convinced the Angels used you to get a message through to me. Whatever the case, thank you! Just beautiful and powerful.

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    1. Jan, yours words brought an instant smile. Yup, it’s a shift in thinking for sure. But it’s remarkable how much more we have to give when we will feel centered, living with pure joy. I’m pretty much smiling all the time now. Isn’t that awesome?
      I’m so grateful for your visit today. I’m here cheering you on!
      Thank you, dear friend! XO

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  7. Natalie, beautiful merging of words and image … it’s so dreamy and full of magic. I like the idea of making myself a priority!!! Reading this I realised it felt a strange concept … I will work on it! Did I read about cookies…yummy!

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