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Patreon on My Mind

Good morning, loyal readers!

I missed yet ANOTHER Monday update! I must be on a roll here now. It just so happened that my husband had off Monday for a doctors appointment and since we had both been working the weekend, we figured a day off was in order.

I don’t have anything out of the ordinary to talk about this week, however, so I will just leave this video below that I posted last Friday. It basically sums up what’s been going on and what’s been on my mind-mostly in relation to Patreon and how I am finding myself thinking about that platform more and more.

Its a longer video and is just short of an hour, but if you guys find yourself with the time, go ahead and give it a view and let me know what your thoughts are on the topic.

Lastly, the shop sale has now ended and I can’t thank you all enough for your support. ♡ I hope you all enjoy your new art and necklaces!

That’s about it for now, friends, as I am about to resume my painting. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

XOXO,

Q

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I Missed My Monday Update! Life, Art, & Oily Things

Hello, friends and loyal readers!

So, for the first time in EIGHT MONTHS, I have actually missed my Monday blog update! Oh no! Things have been getting so busy now that the weather is getting nicer and it must’ve just slipped my mind! It has been a very good change of pace though and I have been enjoying the warmth that has finally made its way to Minnesota.

As far as updates go, I’m not really sure where to begin. My last few blogs were so short and seem like they were so long ago that I’m not even sure what I talked about or what I updated you on. Technically, I could scroll down a little and re-read those posts, but I’d rather be a little more ambiguous and possibly redundant this morning. If I repeat myself, I apologize!

So, you guys may have noticed that I added some oily products to my shop! Ever since I began with Young Living, I’ve been struggling with finding the right rhythm for working with these two seemingly different businesses. These are only the start of many more products to come and I’m excited to show you guys the rest of what I got planned! I’ve listed them below if you want to check them out!

In regards to my art, I’ve been spending a lot more time in recent days focusing solely on losing my sense of “business” and have granted myself the permission and the freedom to just lose myself and paint freely without any other cares or concerns. The only thing that makes doing so difficult is the fact that I feel extremely guilty if I’m not recording while doing so. Aside from that restriction, it has been VERY helpful to just paint freely and enjoy the whole process again. I love getting my hands and legs dirty with paint when I just “go for it.” The piece I’m working on is rather large and it will probably take a bit of time before I complete it., but definitely stay tuned in for that as I’m really excited to share it with you. You can also follow along with updates on my Instagram account.

Lately, I have also found myself really missing my Patreon account and the content I’d created for it. I have really been wanting to restart it. and freshen it up again, but I think I may need some help from you guys on what services I should change or alter. I’ll probably be posting about this again in the future, but just know that I’m missing offering some of my art rewards!

On the personal life update side of this post, I have been loving every minute of every day. With the nice weather, I’ve been outside running again, have been working in my garden, and have been considering getting some chickens to add to our little artsy farmhouse. All in due time as we are working on getting a coop set up.

In summary, life’s been a whirlwind, as is the story for most people. Exciting things are happening with my life and my career, so be sure to check back in every now and again!

As always, thank you all SO much for your love and support. I couldn’t do it without you guys!

XOXO,

Q

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I’m back! And there’s a lot to do…

Good morning, friends!

It feels like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve been around and I’m so beyond excited to get back to work this week! For those that don’t know, I am in the Air Force Reserve as well and there are times that I have to just disappear for that. Though I can never say exactly what is going on or when it’s happening, you can all assume that if I’m ever randomly quiet, that may be the reason why.

That being said, I’m so excited to get back to it today! I’m still away from home and won’t be back to the studio until tonight, but thankfully I brought supplies with me and am able to work on my way home today.

I feel like there is so much to catch up on, however. Even just being gone for a week makes things crazy. Followers drop cause I haven’t been consistently posting, shop order pile up (which is a good thing), and I haven’t been able to create any new content so I feel as if I have nothing to post about. It’s rough for business when this happens, but I do what I can.

I also feel as if there is a lot to tell you all. I have many new shop additions and announcements, but I haven’t gotten everything ready yet so I’m going to have to wait a little bit as much as it’s killing me. Once I get back to the studio and get settled again, I should be able to fill you in.

In case you missed it, even though I was gone, I had a video all scheduled to upload and it did go up on Friday. Check it out if you missed it! I’ll leave the link here.

Well, that’s the latest and greatest, friends. Thanks for reading as always. I know this is another short one, but I hope to catch up with you all! A week feels like an eternity.

Have an awesome week, everyone! Let’s crush it!

XOXO,

Q

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Brand Makeover. You Can Do It All – If You Want.

Good Morning, Readers. ♡

I just have a quick update this morning as I’ve been itching to get started on a new painting. So far this morning, I’ve been working on some much-needed brand-updating for my website, social media, and youtube channel. I’ve been feeling like I’ve spread myself across so many different niches and it’s been hard getting the right balance. I have been an advocate for the belief that you can create your brand/business revolving around more than just one thing, but everyone seems to like to promote the opposite.

I see so many artists and other accounts on social media of varying niches and styles and it seems each one always likes to keep their interests solely on that one thing with all other interests separate. I’ve tried this with creating a separate essential oils, art, and lifestyle accounts. None of them have worked for me in the past because I had always felt as if I had left something, a part of me, out. I’ve just found it discouraging eventually and lost the joy in sharing my posts on those accounts. I don’t know if any of you have realised it or not, but recently I have been posting content on my Instagram (among other) account that is purely genuine and fits within all my interests. It may not gain me the most followers, but it shows everyone that does check in who I am in a nutshell.

Doing this, I feel whole.

I’m not saying that one way is better than the other- we all need to do what is best for us and fits our individual needs. That is exactly why I updated my YouTube banner to the featured image on this post.

Think of it as another way that I’m just genuinely being myself and sharing who I am with you all.

I am an artist.

I am also a christian,
a wellness advocate, and a wife.

“Stand up tall, little flowers. Be your shining and beautiful self. Don’t compare yourself to the other flowers around you. We’re all unique and beautifully made.”

It’s so much more fun being authentic. Have an amazing week, everyone.

Xoxo,

Q

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Mindful Mornings: Boosting Creativity and Overall Wellness

I woke up this morning feeling more refreshed and inspired than I have been lately. I feel so motivated and ready to conquer the week! Not bad for a Monday morning, eh? The reason for this is that I’ve begun making small changes to my morning routine over the past few days. I wanted to test this theory of mine before sharing with you all and I am completely comfortable now that I’ve tested it out for a few days.

I’ve always believed that we are all products of our environment. This is why a lot of people refer to me as a “clean freak” and why I desire to keep my space simple, bright, open, and tidy. Having an abundance of things and being in cluttered spaces has oftentimes peaked my stress and anxiety. Because our minds often operate at a hundred miles a minute (at least for me), I believe it is so important to have a simple, inviting space that supports a quiet, calm mind.

This isn’t necessarily a blog about minimalism, but more so about adopting a mindful morning routine. Just like the feelings a tidy, simple space provides, I’ve found that when you begin your day with a simple mindset and organized thoughts, it better helps with staying focused throughout the day and keeping your attention on the tasks at hand.

Part of this morning’s journal practice. Just plain and simple.

I’ve recently decided to take up bullet journaling every morning right after I wake up and have started a more mindful morning routine because of it. I used to immediately grab my phone and start mindlessly browsing and scrolling through work content, social media, and emails before even addressing myself or how I was feeling in that moment. I’d spend so much time just laying there in bed and found myself starting my day feeling unproductive. I’d found that this, more often than not, started my day with the overall feelings of stress and negativity.

I’m working on changing things slowly and now, instead of going straight into work and checking my phone, I have started my mornings instead by journaling and asking myself five key questions first thing in the morning and writing down the answers. I’ve started each day the same and have found my mood and overall productivity to be higher than on days where I haven’t done this.

  • How am I feeling today?
  • What do I want to accomplish today?
  • What’s on my mind?
  • What will I do for myself today?
  • What are some positive affirmations I need to remember today?

Starting my day by addressing how I’m feeling and what’s currently on my mind as I wake up has helped me to organize my thoughts whether troubling or not. Writing the answers to these questions down on paper helps to put my thoughts and feelings into perspective and simplifies it all. It helps me to focus on those feelings and to address them correctly and individually. Doing this has helped me tune into my body and emotions and I start my day remedying the negatives and reinforcing the positives.

By stating how I plan on caring for myself and giving myself positive affirmations, I’ve found it easier to remain positive and optimistic throughout the day. When I find myself in a situation later on where I may be needing the extra motivation or encouragement, I’ll simply open my journal and remind myself of the goals I’ve set for myself that morning and the positive affirmations I have written down.

This has also done wonders for my creative mind. Having my thoughts logged on paper has taken some of the extra fluff from floating out of my mind and I’ve been finding it easier to focus on my art and the tasks at hand as I take them all on one at a time. I plan on creating a YouTube video about this as another #WellnessSunday episode, but I highly encourage you all to give this a try-especially if you’ve been finding it hard to focus and find yourself facing a creative block.

Thanks again for tuning in, friends. I hope you all have an amazing week! I’ll check back in soon!

XoXo,

Q

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Travel Art – A Monday Update

Hey, art lovers.

This week is getting off to a very interesting start. I’m currently in Minneapolis and while I love the ambiance and busyness (in moderation), I wish we were here on better circumstances. Today, my father in law is having surgery and while it isn’t a life-threatening situation, it always bring about the nerves and worry if complications should arise.

Lately, I’ve been a lot less inspired when it comes to my artistic passions and I believe it is largely due to the family and personal circumstances that have arose over the past month or so.

Driving in the city is never a fun experience for us since we live among pastures and dirt roads, but as we approached I felt a rush within my spirit. Even with our -10F weather, I’ve been in awe of all the unique buildings and old architecture. There is a cold, crisp, chill in the air and the buildings were glistening with a frozen glaze visible from the light of the rising sun. I couldn’t help but to feel my artistic inspiration flowing while traveling into Minneapolis this morning and looking at all the old architecture and buildings. I always feel a rush when I’m in the city and it feels as if a part of me awakens whenever I experience this ambiance. Art is alive here.

My husband has never been a fan of the city or anywhere there is an abundance of people and traffic-especially the traffic. We do share a lot of those similar feelings. We love being around nature and having our own peaceful, quiet space. However, as an artist, I really appreciate the creative life and all of the different kinds of characters you can un into within the city. The old historic landmarks add fuel to my creative fires and the abundance of museums and art galleries provide worlds of inspiration.

While I’m not here on the best of circumstances, I am trying really hard to make the best out of a bad situation. New environments can provide us with many new avenues for inspiration to spark from. We simply need to open our mind to retrieving and really seeing. Being close-minded has only ever hindered my creativity.

If you feel like you’ve been stuck in a rut and have been lacking inspiration, I highly suggest trying something new to get you out of your normal routine. It could be exactly what you need to remind yourself of why you started your journey in the first place.

I’ll chat again soon, friends. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Xoxo,

Q

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Unapologetically Me + Monday Artist Blog!

Good morning, loyal readers!

It’s Monday again which means – another artist blog!

I really hope everyone had a great weekend. I want to kick this one off by saying that I really appreciate all of the positive feedback so far and all of the recent love and support on my latest artwork. ♥  You guys really drive me and motivate me to pursue my dreams and passion. For that, I thank you.

This week, my focus is shifting towards catching up on commissions, so I won’t be sharing a new piece with you all. Instead, you can expect more of an artist vlog for Friday’s video and I’ll be showing you guys my favorite art materials and acrylic supplies. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’ve been getting requests to do a seperate video on this, so that’s what I’ll be doing!

I’ve never done an artist vlog before so I’m excited to see how this one goes and turns out. Definitely stay tuned for that! If you missed my last art video, I’ll leave it here below.

I really loved painting this one as I never really draw or paint men. This might be the beginning of something new here since I really enjoyed the masculine features of the face. “Maskulinity” looks beautiful and sophisticated next to his female counterpart, “Metamorphosis.” The two really compliment each other well and I’m so happy I decided to do this as a set. The collection that these two are a part of is still in the works. I may still add a few pieces to it under the theme of “transformation” because I’ve really been enjoying the concept since it is a very personal one to me at this moment of my career.

I’ve also started posting more videos on my Patreon channel that are longer versions of my YouTube videos with more detailed commentary, thought process, and reason for my madness (how I approach my paintings). They are slowed-down and also give little behind the scenes tidbits. All my artist friends-I highly suggest creating an account with them so that you have a platform for your clients to support your work!

I would love to make these videos public for everyone, but I really need to give those that support me financially a little extra effort and love. If you are interested in becoming a patron and”sponsoring” my art in any way, I would be ever so grateful for your contributions. I hope you guys can understand why I can’t share these with everyone. If interested in supporting me and gaining access to this content and other rewards, you can find my Patreon channel here.

Now that the announcement portion is through, I wanted to address something that has been on my mind for awhile now. I’ve posted all about it on social media, and even in some of my blog posts. I’ve had people send me private messages relating to my new adventure of wellness and my business with Young Living selling essential oils. They assumed I was in a new fad when it came to the oils and were concerned about my goals and intentions.

“I also feel it really necessary to share this. I’m sure a lot of people feel a certain way about my focus shifting on wellness and essential oils and that it may be interfering with my love and passion for art and creating. I currently have art-related work open on my iPad and oils and wellness-related work on my phone. I LOVE ART and also have a somewhat “hippie” passion for health and wellness. To me, they are both important and effect me in the same way. I used to have a lot of anxiety in the past and art was a form of therapy. My own wellbeing is the reason I started painting in the first place. The fact that I’ve found something of equal importance to me with Young Living is amazing. I’ve truly been changed and am trying to be the best version of myself. My focus has been on breaking my personal barriers for the past 6 months-anxiety, fear, worry, shyness, and learning how to live the life I want. Now that I’m not as scared and fearful, I’m reaching for my goals and dreams. If you’ve been feeling this way and feel like you have to choose between two seemingly “different” things, I want you all to know that you CAN do both and you CAN be passionate about multiple things-just stay true to yourself and who you are. This is more important than any amount of followers. Be unapologetically you. That’s all for now and I’m sorry it turned into me rambling on again. You’re a rockstar if you made it through that whole thing. Happy Sunday, friends. Focus on being better and staying true to who you are.”

As you can see from the photo and caption above, yesterday, on my personal Facebook and Instagram account, I posted about how it’s possible to pursue more than one passion though to the world, they may seem very different. This is something that can be very hard to accomplish in the world of social media. I’ve had people unfollow me due to the start of my essential oils business being incorporated into my primarily art Instagram account and vise versa when people wanted to follow me for only oil/wellness-related content. I’m also a Christian and have noticed people unfollowing me due to my faith.

I decided to create an additional Instagram page where I can share freely about my oils and adventure with Young Living, but I’m definitely not going to cease from posting about this kind of content in addition to my art on my regular @quinducreations instagram account. I view myself as an advocate for wellness-especially when it comes to mental health. It’s the whole reason I became an artist in the first place and I don’t want to forget that-ever. While I appreciate the amount of followers I do have currently, I’m not going to stop being myself . I won’t be keeping my focus solely on what I think it is people want to see. I’m going to keep being unapologetically me. This is so much more important to me than any amount of followers.

Anyway, I just felt this was important enough to address in this post as well! Thank you for all of your continued support through this adventure. Let’s tackle this week and create something beautiful, shall we?

Love you guys, truly.

XOXO,

Q

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Another Monday Update: He’s Home!

Happy Monday, loyal readers! That is to say a VERY happy Monday for me because Jonathon is finally back home! I’m so happy!

After months of toughing it out on my own, I feel so excited and so blessed to have him back in my life again! I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes at this thinking that I’m being dramatic and that it’s only been a few months. Let me just say that while that is true, I live in Minnesota and he was in Texas. We were lucky to have been in the same time zone, but most of the time, our phone service would kick out. Me living in the boonies means that I don’t get the best reception and him being on a military base in the middle of nowhere made it so very difficult to have a conversation because calls would always be dropping and getting broken up. Just the way that I am with my love language means that I need to express my thoughts and feelings through communication. This was a very trying time for us and I feel so relieved and excited that he’s home again! Being dual-military, I’m sure more times will come where we are separated for a good amount of time, but we will face those trials as they arise. For now, I can simply breathe easy and enjoy his company again.

Oofta! Sorry, guys. This wasn’t meant to be a rant about how much I’ve missed my husband! Haha. We’ve spent the past few days together catching up, but now it’s Monday again and that means it’s time to get down to business!

I had to order some more of the gesso boards so that I could continue the current series I’m working on. I really wanted them all to be on the same brand of boards for consistency. So far, I’ve been LOVING the Mona Liza brand above the Trekell ones I’ve tried and have bought a set of the 9×12 on Amazon as a set of 6. I really enjoy the sturdiness of the boards and the texture is so smooth as opposed to the Trekell. This is only personal opinion, but I really love the smooth buttery feeling because it works perfectly for blending. If you like a more textured surface, these may not be the best for you although they are extremely sturdy. The set I bought was a pretty fair price too. I feel like I really enjoy the 9×12 size because they are just big enough. It’s easier to commit to it and gives you a little more than the small 8×10’s. For me, it’s the perfect middle-ground size. If you guys want to check it out, I’ll leave the Amazon link for those here. I have partnered with Amazon, so if you do decide to purchase it, I will receive a small commission just so you guys are aware. It’s not a lot, but it would definitely help me out and I want to be up front about that! I’ve also shown this brand in my Instagram stories before and I really do recommend them!

The series that I’m working on currently I think I’ve mentioned before has to do with the theme “transformation” and there are two more pieces that will be added to it. One of them I’m working on this week and is going to be the brother piece for the painting of the woman titled “Metamorphosis.”

I am very excited to work on this one! The inspiration flowed my way last week, but I was unfortunately waiting on my gessoboards to come in the mail! Now that they are here and I’ve given you an idea of what’s to come, I really need to get to it!

I hope you all have a great week! Tune in on my Instagram page on Wednesday to see the WIP (work in progress) for the new brother piece! To get a more in depth look and extra content, be sure to also check out my Patreon channel. I give patrons exclusive behind the scenes shots of my process and first looks and Patron-only sneak peeks and content. I also host a month “Fan Art shout-out” opportunity art challenge similar to the trend, “draw this in your style.” It’s a lot of fun over there and I am working on creating more content for those special people.

I’ll be back in a bit!

Have a great day!

Xoxo,

Q

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Announcement Time! Art Update!

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend! If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll have noticed that last week has been a little rocky for me. I’ve got announcements and updates of all sorts, so I just wanted to fill you guys in really quick.

First off, I would like to apologize for the lack of art last week and not being able to keep up with my YouTube upload schedule. I feel really bad about it and am in the process of planning out all of the paintings for February so I don’t miss anything.

Last Monday, I posted a blog about having to go on a trip for about a month and I just wanted to let you all know that I just found out that this trip got CANCELLED!! I am relieved about this change and it has taken a huge weight off my chest-and definitely freed up my schedule. That being said, everything will be able to continue as normal aside from what happened last week.

If you’re new to my blog, then WELCOME! I post new art/update blogs every Monday and share random life events and announcements here. I also have started a new series of posts about wellness and Young Living related topics since I am also a part of that business but those posts are under the “Lifestyle & Wellness” category of blogs. I’m trying to keep those topics separate.

I also write a newsletter every month that fills you guys in on what is to come and gives notices of any sales, shows, and pop-up events. I’ll leave the link here if you guys want to sign up! I also mail out goodies to everyone on my list during the month of your birthday as a little thank you gift for supporting my journey.

Again, I really want to apologize for the lack of content last week, but I assure you, I’ll have something new for you all this time around!

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Stay Warm!

Xoxo, Q