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.
When the mood of the season grabs me this way, I like to sit back quietly with my cup of tea and watch a stick of incense burning, sending its smoky curls into the air, folding the wind into its layers like ribbons flying in the breeze. And it seems for just one second, as if I am watching a sped up version of our earths layers folding all the dust, objects, and other earthly remains into their arms to become a melting pot of history. The drawing to the upper right is a 'true' doodle reflecting that moment. Stay dry. CJ
Static Emersion - CJ 1/22/2012
This January I've been pondering the self-improvement angle and reflection period of New Year's: But since I've never been big on new year's resolutions, how about new practice exerises? The dilemma of work routines is often that there is hardly any room for creative play-time. After all, we all need to do our respective jobs to keep up the monetary support system - but in order to improve your hand and compositions extra-curricular activities are vital.
Is this double-life hard to keep up? You bet! How often a day do you have a meaningful new point of view, a seriously all-encompassing angle on a familiar subject... AND the time to put it into a sketch or words at the same time? That's why it is so important to experiment without putting yourself under the pressure of discovering/fabricating the ultimate piece of art of the century; hence the focus on the playful aspect.
So far it has become evident that this chore of making a sketch a day or more has at least one unexpected favorable outcome: It is training my eye and mind to look for inspirations in odd places. On walks, while watching TV, or in conversation I now notice funny little things that make me spin off entirely new thought processes for visual depiction.... Others call it daydreaming - I call it shopping for motifs. :)
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.