Season of Kindness (part 4)

The Season of Kindness at Get Messy Art Journal has just come to an end. What a wonderful couple of months it has been. Working in the pages of my art journal has felt very much like a meditation and a chance to reflect on what it means to be kind both to myself and others.

The page above is inspired by a beautiful quote from Kristin Neff’s book on self-compassion:

“May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.”

I painted these words over and over across the page and then covered the words with watery layers of paint. Working in this way felt like a meditation or a prayer. Through the process I was allowing something to land inside of myself.

This page was inspired by Sarah Rondon’s prompt on self care. I was going to write ‘self care’ on the page but changed it to ‘care for the self’. I love how this makes it sound like an action and an instruction!

These are my dreams — day 1 of the #gmsketchingfaces challenge with Katie Smith in the run up to her wonderful new class, involved using the gorgeous printables from the free Sketching Faces lesson at Get Messy. I couldn’t resist throwing in a galaxy backdrop seeing as it’s Katie! This page had to go in my Season of Kindness journal because one of the greatest gifts is to believe in each other’s dreams.

The Sketching Faces class has been a really straightforward and inspiring way to learn how to draw faces. I have always been a little scared of features such as noses and ears and Katie has broken the whole process down into very easy and doable steps. I was so thrilled to be able to sketch this lovely face!

If you look closely you can see remnants of a colourful background. But it all got a bit chaotic and I decided I hated it. So I covered everything except the face with black gesso and started again. Ah… much better!


Open up your doors and windows — this page was inspired by Tanya Larson’s ‘s wonderful ‘Everyday kindness’ tutorial. I had so much fun making this little house. What’s inside the house? Watch this video and find out!

Namaste yoga people! — I’ve just been on a wonderful 2 day yoga workshop so naturally when I came to Elly Mack’s ‘s awesome tutorial on sketching cool watercolour people, they all became yoga people! I had so much fun with this.

And lastly, here is a flip-thru of my Season of Kindness journal! What a wonderful feeling to complete an entire journal in a single season. And wonderful too to have a little book of Kindness I can turn to when I need a reminder.

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey through the Season of Kindness. You can find my other posts about the season here.

I have enjoyed this season so much. Although I am sad it has come to an end, I am also happy because this week the Season of Play begins!

4 Replies to “Season of Kindness (part 4)”

  1. It’s been a joy to see your artwork evolve during the ‘season of kindness.’ We should keep that one going.

    I forget where I first saw your name. Was it on Barb Owen’s daily newsletter? I’m grateful for getting these occasional emails. Such inspiring pages, and so often just what I need more of.

    Many blessings, Divyam. Thank you for sharing your art.

    Barbara Clark Eureka, California

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    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! I’m really glad you enjoyed seeing my art journal pages this season. I agree, we should keep the Season of Kindness going much longer. It’s so needed! Divyam xxx

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  2. Always such a pleasure to see your artwork Divyam ! Still can’t explain why it warms my heart everytime you post somehting new from your journal… I am really glad to dive into your colorful, kind and intuitive universe. That “Care for the Self” page is just beautiful.
    Coraline xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Coraline! I’m so glad you have been enjoying my art journal pages! I love to see your beautiful photos on Instagram, too. They give me the feeling of the beauty of nature!
      Lots of love, Divyam xxx

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