This week's print is officially dedicated to my friend, Hunter Poarch. And here's why.
1. Hunter is a big fan of body builder Ronnie Coleman. Well, at the very least, he's a big fan of this youtube video. It's full of inspiring quotes such as, "YEAH BUDDY", "Ain't nothin' but a peanut", "LIGHTWEIGHT", and yes, you guessed it..."Ain't nothin' to it but to do it".
2. Hunter loves to quote Ronnie Coleman, and while it's typically said as a joke, he really lives up to the "Ain't nothin' to it but to do it" mantra.
Hunter is in his Family Medicine residency here in Portland and has made it look remarkably easy. Yes, because he's smart and capable and all that, but I think what really sets him apart is his attitude. Hunter shows up to work with eagerness and an expectation to work hard. When a problem arises, he works to solve it rather than sitting around complaining about it. Or worrying about it.
Being around Hunter often makes me wonder...how often have I prevented myself from doing something great because of fear or worry? How many times have I chosen to wallow in self-pity rather than spending that energy solving the problem that caused me stress/anxiety/pain in the first place? So. Many. Times.
So, ironically enough, I started playing around with brush lettering this past week. You may have seen my post on instagram, and if so, you'll know that I have never, ever liked my handwriting. I've always turned down requests to add lettering to my artwork because I've never felt confident in it. But I'm realizing that so much of being an artist is just saying "yes" and figuring it out as you go.
Because, damnit, there ain't nothin' to it but to do it.
So in homage to my friend Hunter (and Ronnie Coleman), I'm releasing a print that is ALL LETTERS. And I'm over here cringing about it. I don't think this is my best work and this is certainly not my sweet spot, but that's what this whole weekly print series is about, right? To challenge myself to try new things and grow as an artist. And not worry about what people think. Especially my inner critic, who tends to not be very kind.
And...AND! Because I'd like all of you to join me in adopting Hunter's "get it done" attitude, I'm offering this print fo' FREE as a downloadable 8x10 print. So go download it, print it out 1,000 times (or more!) and push yourself to try something new this week.
Love & Respect,
P.S. I couldn't figure out how to get you the free print in the shop without you having to enter your credit card information. Sorry about that! And don't worry...you won't be charged anything. If any squarespace wizards out there know how to bypass this step, help a sister out! :)