grateful art blog posts by Natalia Bystrianyk

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2015 – 029


started to ink in a book cover I am working on
pen & ink

2015 – 028


doodling while taking it easy this evening.

colored pencil

ayop028b ayop028a

2015 – 027


A Year of Painting – Lesson 5 – Magic Faces


A very big stretch for me!

2015 – 026


breaking in the new journal and trying not to be “perfect”

Wellspryng Update

In 2012 when I tentatively started this blog, I dedicated a year of my life to posting a photograph of something I was grateful for. I called it my 365 gratitude experiment. I must say now, it was far more challenging than I realized. It turned out to be a very intense year full of loss and sorrow. As it turned out, this blog in many ways saved my life and I am thoroughly grateful for the insight and peace it has given me.

After that year was done I was at a loss of how to continue the challenge. My good friend suggested I dedicate a year to posting something artistic every day for a year. This proved even more challenging for it was very difficult to verbalize that I am indeed an artist. I had to be completely vulnerable and show something, even if I didn’t really like what I was posting. In fact sometimes I down right hated what I was posting. This challenge was groundbreaking as well. It pushed my boundaries and forced me to create.

Now in my third year of this blog, I post my art work as much as I can. I feel I am finally moving toward creating the life I want, slowly breaking through old negative tapes that have been running and pushing myself to accept the positive and embrace it. Thanks to all who have been supporting me along the way. The many comments have been soaked into my heart, it is immeasurable how kind word can travel. I send my blessings to you all and remind you that we each have a wellspryng of love, hope and creativity inside us.

2015 – 025


a little gift for a friend.
Happy Birthday Amy!

ink and acrylic, 6″ x 6″

2015 – 024


ink and acrylic
6″ x 6″



2015 – 023


Alena Hennessy – A Year of Painting – Lesson 4
Soul Collage

mixed media – ink, paper, paint pen, gel pen




2015 – 021


for my A Year of Painting/Alena Henessy course – not following any lesson in particular,
just trying to be intuitive with my work.
I seem to struggle with color – not very happy with the strange color combination, but happy I keep plugging away!