Art & Design
Such are the thoughts that are popping into my head during the first sessions of radiation therapy - apart from the occasional "What the hell is that whirring machine DOING behind my head when I'm not looking?!". Not to fear, Bruce Banner got nothin' on me.
In the meantime I've started the largest pen & ink project to date: "Miz Manhattan", roughly sized 2' x 6'. As the therapy is progressing, I am hoping to finish it in the coming six weeks. Appropriately so, since it is the time allotted for the said radiation therapy and this piece is directly linked to it. Posting some images from the process, hopefully there will be updates shortly. CJ
Starting off the new year with new resolutions and more creative expression - one more resolution to add. The last week has been truly a life changer for me, with some big and not so great news. But all in all, after thinking about it, I am still very lucky and blessed with lots of love and support.
available to women like me, especially in a place that has this extensive scope of tools, diagnostics, personnel and logistics to deal with these medical issues.
With all the excitement we didn't have much of a big celebration going on for New Year's, and our anniversary yesterday fell a bit short of jubilant. But I'm confident that we'll make it through this alright - and after taking the last week to contemplate our new situation we can only let things unfold and make the best of it. At the very least I will take this journey to gather new inspirations for artwork and new perspective. More on this later. CJ
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.
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.