Art & Design
How time flies! It's been three months since I started doing my daily sketches - and the benefits and joys of my new consistent habit of visualization and 2D picture diary have been immense. Hopefully, the next painting will get started tomorrow, all the sketches and color studies are already done and I'm really looking forward to picking up a brush again.
It's hard for anyone to keep extra chores after a regular job and other commitments, and whatever it is that adds to your life (jogging, extreme sports, knitting, volunteering, cos-play, reading, stamp collecting) don't get discouraged by people who don't share your enthusiasm. There are enough kooky, weird, unique activities out there for everyone, and how boring would life be if we all were into the exact same things? As long as you don't hurt anyone and your hobbies enrich your life (and possibly others') - who's to say you're wrong?
That being said, while my sketching is a tame and inexpensive hobby, I still really appreciate all the encouragement, likes and nice comments from my friends and family. CJ
It's always curious to me how a year's end or beginning jostles folks to hasty reflections of their life. The sheer power of numbers on a calender seems like the panic button to rattle about time lost, goals not reached yet, bucket lists dragged out from last New Year without any new check marks added...
Why is it that we humans in general have such a hard time getting things done if there isn't a constant reminder, threat, or reward looming? Well, if you're anything like me then you suffer from the crippling affliction of always taking on more than I should - projects to help others, good causes, but rarely do I consciously heap on activities and projects that are actually just good and relaxing for me. The constant need to help and be of service to others is probably not inherently a bad thing (sure hope not) but it is not always a sustainable life philosophy to live by.
Fun thing about Dandelions: They have hollow, very fragile stems which drip a milky, slightly sticky but thin kind of sap when cut.
If you slice the stem lengthwise with the fiber and put the buttery yellow flower in water, it will float with its head on the water surface while the stem will curl up into tight green ribbons just like the tail ends of a fancy bow on a nicely wrapped present. The thinner the cuts, the tighter the curls. :)
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.