My least favorite color

palette, diana willard

The lovely Julia Hendrickson, a fellow painter, asked me to share my paint palette over on her blog.

Take a peek here, and find out what my least favorite color on it is!

xo Diana

Topics: in the studio
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WEEKLY WISHES 12 // tis the season

planner, diana willard

I can't believe we're only ten days away from Christmas! We decided a bit last minute to spend Christmas and New Year's in Iowa with my parents, and I hope to wrap up some projects before then!

This week'sweekly wishes, are pretty similar to last week's, as I'm still working through several projects.

LAST WEEK'S WISHES:

  1. Spend my mornings making art. Yes and no. Early in the week I was able to do this, but later in the week some more business-related tasks find of took over. Not exactly what I planned, but definitely needed.

  2. Thirty minutes exercise every day. Ok, the tally is jogging three times and 20 minutes yoga four times. Getting closer!

  3. Work on my Python course and attend two coding events. I spent a lot of time on Python this week, and even though my progress was pretty slow (read: incredibly slow!), I feel good about it. Due to the weather, I only went to one of the two coding events, but it was great to meet other women who are also interested in learning to code and in possible career changes. I'd definitely like to go to more of these!

  4. Work on a save-the-date design for a friend. We're making good progress! We've hammered out a plan and a mood board (I'll be sharing it later in the week) and now I get to do lots and lots of botanical illustrations -- take a look at the first one!

  5. Take some time for introspection and planning. I made some good progress on my Well Designed Life packet from Whitney English. As part of it, I took the StrengthsFinder test from Gallup, which was fairly interesting. Have any of you taken the test? What do you think of it?

planner, diana willard

THIS WEEK'S WISHES:

  1. Finish up my holiday paintings. I have a couple of commissioned paintings to finish up and some others to package up and send. The holiday rush is almost over!

  2. Thirty minutes exercise every day. This week I'm feeling pretty motivated -- we went on a longer run on Saturday (four miles), and it was pretty painful. I'm hoping that by running two miles everyday, I'll be better prepared for next weekend!

  3. Try to finish up my Python course. Only six more chapters to go. . . aiming for one a day!

  4. Work on a save-the-date design for a friend. I'm excited to try out more botanical illustrations and play around with some fonts!

  5. Keep working on my Well-Designed Life worksheets. I really like having a more structured way of thinking about how I want to choose and organize my goals. Let's keep working towards clarity!

What are your plans for the week? Best of luck getting your wish list done and your to-do's checked off!

xo Diana

Topics: weekly wishes
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Little bits 06 // leaves

leaves, diana willard

Whatever you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting.
Haruki Murakami

It's been raining, hard, for the past two days here in the Bay Area. I can feel the change coming, and between now and taking this photo, the sun has begun to peek out.

I'm headed outside.

Have a great weekend!

xo Diana

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WEEKLY WISHES 11 // the road ahead

avenue of the giants, diana willard

I hope you had a great weekend! The rain finally cleared up enough for us to go jogging at my favorite local lake -- San Francisco is such a hilly city that I find it hard to run in, but the lakes are a guaranteed flat-ish area! We went jogging there both Saturday and Sunday, followed by brunch at our absolute favorite cheap diner. Take note, those of you in SF. Also, yes, brunch both days. No regrets.

I have some big plans for this week, so it's going to be a bit of a sprint to the weekend. Without further ado: some weekly wishes, as hosted by Melyssa of the Nectar Collective!

LAST WEEK'S WISHES:

  1. Continue exploring my new paintings series. I did one more "paper experiment," which I really enjoyed doing, but honestly I didn't get very much painting done last week.

  2. Thirty minutes exercise every day. Ah, my constant weekly wish. I think I'm getting closer to this one -- I went jogging four times last week and did a tiny bit of yoga. So close!

  3. Work on my Python course. Yes! I spent a lot of time on this one and I've finally gotten to the point where I'm spending more time thinking about how to solve coding problems than on memorizing little nuggets of information.

THIS WEEK'S WISHES:

  1. Spend my mornings making art. I got a bit out of this habit over the last month, but I always have a better day when I begin this way. I'd like to do some more of my experimental paintings on paper, but I also have two commissioned paintings I need to crank out.

  2. Thirty minutes exercise every day. I'm getting closer, but still haven't gotten there yet. Let's do this!

  3. Work on my Python course and attend two coding events. I'm closing on the last few chapters in Learn Python the Hard Way, but these are also the hardest chapters. I don't want to rush through it, but I'm hoping to finish up either this week or next week. Also, I'm planning to attend two Hackbright Academy events this week -- I'm hoping to learn a bit more about coding, but also get a feel for the community. Excited!

  4. Work on a save-the-date design for a friend. I'm looking forward to trying out a design-centered project (as inspired by my friend's excellent sense of taste!), and experimenting with watercolors, a medium I don't typically use in my personal work.

  5. Take some time for introspection and planning. There are a lot of "big picture" things I want to think about, including my plans for the rest of the calendar year and leading up to my big career decision next spring, evaluating my art business and website, and a whole host of more nebulous what-do-I-want-to-do type questions. I actually broke down and bought a copy of Whitney English's "Well-Designed Year" -- a sort of expanded worksheet designed to help clarify your goals and plans. I've never tried anything like it before, so I'm excited and curious to begin using it this week.

What are your plans for the week? Best of luck getting your wish list done and your to-do's checked off!

xo Diana

Topics: weekly wishes
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Little bits 05 // seeds

seeds, diana willard

They tried to bury us.
They didn't know we were seeds.
~ Mexican proverb

This week has been one for reading the news and thinking a lot and feeling a lot of feels. Nothing too coherent or productive yet, but I did wake up with these words on my mind, and a title for this piece.

seeds, diana willard

I hope you all have a good weekend.

xo Diana

P.S. The lovely Amber of Ember + March interviewed me for her blog this week. Take a peek here to read more about my work-life imbalance. :)

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