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Awaken The Artist Art & Coloring Challenge – Day 7/21


I created this drawing in the fall of 2014 in the beginning months of caring for my mom. Drawing was a great outlet for me at the time. It was simple because I could take my art pad and markers with me wherever I went. Often I spent time drinking coffee or tea at Whole Foods while I relaxed and happily created.

So my question to you is

“Do Mermaid Goddesses exist?”

Why yes of course they do 🙂

CLICK HERE to watch me color her with my favorite markers.

See you tomorrow!






Awaken The Artist Art & Coloring Challenge – Day 5/21


I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend! It was ok at my end creating art, running errands and taking care of my dog.

And making art and blogging of course!

So, I finally found some time in the evening to work a little bit more on this drawing. I started drawing on Facebook LIVE and about 27 minutes into the video it stopped.

CLICK HERE to watch Video 1!

I attempted to post the Facebook video but there is a technical issue with Facebook … it does not give me the ability to choose the embed code. Technical glitches are fun aren’t they? Oh well. I am not going to let a little technical glitch rain on my parade.

So good thing I have a short video from Periscope to share with you.

CLICK HERE to watch part 2 of this on Periscope
I will be working more on this on day 6.

Join the challenge and make art with me! Sign up here on this page —> upper right on this page!

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Awaken The Artist 21 Day Art & Coloring Challenge – Day 4/21

Today I created a “sign” on Periscope that I can display when I am on this platform when people join in and I am busy creating art. I enjoyed good conversation with a couple of other artists and excited about creating community there.

CLICK HERE to watch me create.

Here is the completed art … real simple today.  Plus it gave me time to complete some technical things and even rest for a bit.

Day 4 periscope sign











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Awaken The Artist Art & Coloring Challenge – Day 3/21

A couple of weeks ago I asked if any of my Facebook friends would like a goddess drawing and I had five courageous volunteers!

This is goddess drawing number 2 of 5 for my friend Jillian Coleman Wheeler. Jillian is an amazing person and a great writer and I am honored to create this drawing for her.

The video stopped in the middle and I picked it up again immediately after. Technology!!

I’m not quite done and will work on this tomorrow. The intention is to finish all the art I start and it’s okay if I work on it in two or three parts! I’m enjoying the journey.

Today’s Video on Periscope

I talked a little bit about what has kept me from creating art and what I have been doing about it. My art journey has been very interesting and has led me to helping others to awaken their inner artist. It was interesting on this periscope because there was a troll that told me that I should not even try to be earning money off of my art. I blocked him and then I told everybody else that had it been 5 or 6 years ago I would have taken that comment very personally.

CLICK HERE to listen to What Stops You From Creating Art?

I went on to say that over the past few years I have observed the making of art by so many artists and have been incredibly amazed at the different kinds of talent. I’ve compared my art to other people and I have sometimes thought my heart wasn’t good enough and other times I realized yes my art is good enough.

Really what matters is what I feel inside. I now allow myself to enjoy my journey… my creative expressive journey. I’ve come to the point where I love my art. Mostly I love the creation of the art and when I’m done I feel good. It might not be the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo and that’s okay! I’m totally fine with my own journey and I encourage you to begin your journey as well.

Listen to the video if you feel inspired to and start to ask yourself what’s keeping you from creating your art. It doesn’t matter what your art is … you are here to create. Allow yourself to create.


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Awaken The Artist Art & Coloring Challenge – Day 2/21

Today I drew a Whimsical Tree on my Facebook personal profile page. The first video stopped in the middle (silly Facebook!) so I picked it up again on a 2nd video there. After that I did a bit more detail work on Periscope.

I am using this 21 day art challenge to experiment with more than one social media platform and get a better idea where and how to spend my time.

Sometimes I draw and talk and other times I speak only as I also have various processes and knowledge from my journey to share with people who are ready to get unstuck creatively speaking and make art for personal and professional reasons.

Drawing video 1 of the Whimsical Tree

Drawing video 2 of the Whimsical Tree

1 Minute Instagram video sharing the finished product 🙂

I've been livestreaming my art creation today!

A video posted by Wendy G Young (@wendygyoung) on

CLICK HERE for the last bit of the drawing on Periscope

Let me know in the comments if you would like to access a digital version of this drawing and we can color together 🙂



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Awaken The Artist Art & Coloring Challenge – Day 1/21

Welcome to the Awaken The Artist 21 Day Art and Coloring Challenge.

Today is Day 1 and so far I’m having fun livestreaming from various social media platforms including my Facebook personal profile, Awaken The Artist business page, Awaken The Artist Art & Coloring Group (request to join), Periscope (wendygyoung) and Instagram (wendygyoung).

I am posting my daily livestreaming links on this blog so you will be able to see all the art I create for the challenge. To view the videos on these platforms it might be necessary to like or follow my pages and profiles. The links will remain visible until the end of September for sure to provide inspiration for your creative journey.

So if you feel the urge to create art and feel stuck in some way this is a great opportunity to jump in and get your creativity flowing again. I expect to be personally transformed in this process and if you jump in and really participate I expect the same for you as well.

So without further adieu here are all the links to Day 1 …

This is my first video on my artist page where I am announcing the challenge

I also created an Instagram Intro about who I am and what I’m doing here.

Being a little silly as I create my first Instagram video. It cut me off. Oops!

A video posted by Wendy G Young (@wendygyoung) on

Okay this has nothing at all to do with the challenge however I was feeling silly and courageous after making it through the first day and wanted to test out the Instagram Boomerang ap with my sweet dog Simba 🙂

Testing out the Boomerang ap with my dog, Simba!!

A video posted by Wendy G Young (@wendygyoung) on

DRAWING VIDEO 1 (Facebook)

I created this drawing using a pencil and a small canvas so I could complete it in one session. I am planning to paint it in another video session. Here is a photo of the completed drawing 1: Day 1 drawing 1 pencil


DRAWING VIDEO 2 (Periscope)
Click to see a –> completely different drawing on another small piece of watercolor paper on Periscope. I will be painting this later as well. Here is the completed drawing 2: Day 1 drawing 2 pencil


I hope you enjoy the videos and if you feel inspired to create art please share it with me.

PS. Please tell your friends about this challenge!

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Awaken The Artist 21 Day Art & Coloring Challenge

I know. It has been a long time since you heard from me.

All that family stuff made it so challenging for me to stay focused on my lifetime dream of ART creation. Plus my three decades of entrepreneurship was on hold so that I could tend to the needs of my mom.

Well, four months ago I moved my mom into memory care and she is doing well. I liquidated the contents of her house, helped get it sold and then took some time for rest while visiting my mom and squeaking in some time to make art.

Now I have time and energy to pick up where I left off and move forward with my personal and business life.

Tomorrow, September 1, 2016 I am launching my Awaken The Artist 21 Day Art & Coloring Challenge. I’m keeping it real simple.

If you want to keep up with everything in one place you can “like” my Awaken The Artist Facebook Page.

You can also sign up for the challenge and receive tips and stories to help you create.  I will also share some of my coloring book pages so you can color along with me.

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