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June Prompt 1 Check-In
I've been doing a lot of research on different places in the world that I'd love to visit and it feels like I'm planning for an actual trip! lol When the time comes, I'll be ready to go! :) How are you thinking of destination? Below is some inspiration from our community and the different ways this prompt is being interpreted--enjoy! 

"This month I'm combining two challenges…one by @paintwithmecommunity and the other by @atiliay; this week it's BALI and DESTINATION respectively. 
The flower was inspired by @getyourguide while the madala was inspried by @eswariart."
I seriously can't stop looking at Vanesa's mandala! The detail and time that went into it! It's fun to see all the different techniques she used in all three of her creations.
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"I’ve spent a lot of my life, too much of my life, focused on the destination.
Looking forward, feeling that this moment is lacking because I’m not there yet.
Sacrificing the present moment by imagining what that elusive elsewhere will be.
Limiting myself in the present moment by defining it and me as not there, not ready, not enough.
Stopping only sometimes to look back at the past, tracing the ups and downs of my path over and over. Clinging onto the story of my past.
I’m learning to lean into the moment that I’m in, no matter what it holds.
I’m learning that if I’m forever focused on the destination or the past path, I’m not fully living. I miss out on so much.
I’m learning that while sometimes what I’m experiencing or feeling in the present moment can be uncomfortable or even painful, it’s worth it to feel.
I’m learning that life is made up of moments, and when we’re present with them life has so much more color and beauty and depth.
I’m learning that the destination I’m after has been hidden right here in plain sight all along.
It’s here and it’s now." - Melissa M
Below is just a snapshot of the video Melissa created, please watch it to experience her beautiful and honest art and words fully!
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"The full progression of the piece created for DESTINATION.

I’ve always been fascinated by the progress of a painting. I never know the destination when I start, and the path it takes me on often feels random yet guided. It’s like I don’t know where I’m going but I feel secure in each step.

Not that I never look around and feel lost or like I made a mistake..just that when it’s time to pick up the brush, I feel sure in my actions." - Melissa M
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Noni (megkudu), mangosteen, moringa (kelor), mangga (mango), Belimbing (star fruit), salak (snake fruit), rambutan, jambu batu (guava), soursop (sirak), and coconut are just some of the fruits I would LOVE to eat if I went to Bali! I've heard the mangos are so much sweeter there and I hope I get to try it one day but for now, I'm taking inspiration from them for my sketchbook page 😋🥭🥥

This style is a little different from what I'm used to but it was fun to change things up a bit! I'm also loving the vibrancy of the watercolors, I feel like it fits the vibe of Bali :) 
I have one more idea for a more abstract piece and hope to get it done today!
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The gallery for May Prompts Mix & Movement have been updated! Head over to Flickr to take a look and learn more about each piece!
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I came across this video recently and wanted to share with you for a few reasons: 1) It's gorgeously shot on location in Antarctica 2) Penguins! 3) The post office at 8:26 is adorable and reminded me of our snail mail swap :) To be honest Antarctica was never on my radar as a place to go but after seeing this video, I think I need to add it to my list! My Solo Trip To Antarctica - Allison Anderson 
I haven't had a chance to travel in quite some time--and really miss it--so am strongly connecting with locations but please feel free to interpret the prompt in a way that connects best with YOU! I hope you're able to take some time in the upcoming days to get those connections and ideas on paper.
Talk to you soon and have a great weekend!
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