watercolor nebula painting

This week, I painted a watercolor nebula. I struggled hard with this painting. I wanted something beautiful and bright but also dark. But, when I started, I just couldn’t see it.

watercolor nebula wip

This is what it looked like when I first started. Just a bunch of wet colors blending into each other. My normal method of doing an illustration is a rough sketch, a tight sketch, transfer onto a painting surface, paint, and then ink. But this, this isn’t an “illustration.” I wanted to be free and flowing.

It scared me shitless.

Some lovely ladies gave me wonderful advice and I walked away from this painting for a night. I let it sit and I let myself breathe. I felt like locking myself in a dark closet because I felt like I was being “too loose,” if that makes any sense.

But I knew I had to continue.

doubt kills handlettered

I knew I wanted to put a quote on this painting but I wasn’t sure what. After searching on Pinterest, I picked “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” This quote didn’t exactly make my soul sing but I felt it was appropriate for my painting.

The next day, after painting a little more, I decided I didn’t want that quote on my painting anymore. While a beautiful quote, it didn’t feel right any more. But this quote did.

be fearless handlettered

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” Fearless. Soul. Fire. These three words, for me, are directly related to this painting. I wanted to be fearless. I wanted this painting to make my soul sing. I wanted to feel the fire of creation burning.

I inked this quote in my sketchbook and added to the painting digitally.

be fearless in the pursuit quote

Is this painting perfect? Does that matter? I feel like something shifted in me while painting and writing out this quote. I’m not sure what yet. But I like it.

Purchase this quote art print in my online store here.

What sets your soul on fire?








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Be Fearless Watercolor Nebula- Week 2 Painting
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2 thoughts on “Be Fearless Watercolor Nebula- Week 2 Painting

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:47 am

    OMG, this beautiful story along with the quote, & painting has captured my heart! When I initially saw the quote with the picture, something just grabbed my heart! And when I read the story, it was like “something came together” for me personally. Although I’m not sure what that is yet, I felt that shift & this may be the “spark” that set that flame on fire!

    • May 18, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Thank you so much! And I’m so glad this has awakened something within you! Even though you don’t know what it is yet, I know it’s something beautiful and amazing.


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