This one was inspired by the rather contemplative and introspective mood I’ve been carrying around with me all day.
I also feel the urge to retreat, light candles (nope, I do not have a Christmas tree, because I feel sorry for the trees [no judgement – it’s just another ‘thing’ of mine 😉 ] ), do yoga, pranayama and meditate.
I wish to express my gratitude on this day for being loved, safe, warm and sound.
So, for this evening, I’m keeping it short and wishing you all a very
May all beings in all the worlds be peaceful and happy.
Although I’d love to continue, my left hand and shoulder are aching and I am forced to stop. 😦
I do find that drawing on screen is more tedious than drawing on paper or canvas.
I noticed that my eyes and my body get quicker tired.
My neck, shoulders and working hand are more likely to stiffen.
Nonetheless, I do love working digitally.
To solve the body-aching problem, I guess the best strategy is to divide working-on-screen time into smaller chunks and to make physical activity and long-distance gazing a part of the creative process.
You know, sometimes, I wished this body could just go on 24/7, especially when I am struck by a creative flow (which is very often) and I always risk wearing myself out.
But the body and mind need (healthy) food, exercise, fresh air, (for me also) mediation and yoga on a regular basis, and last but not least: rest.
Hey, I may just have figured out my New Year’s resolution for 2017!
Create a more balanced lifestyle.
I will ponder this resolution in the upcoming weeks leading to 2017 and work out the details.
A good start to ensure success could be: sketching out a daily routine where not only projects, tasks and goals to be met but also times for leisure activities, recreation and rejuvenation are listed.
A Need for Improvement
Definitely a personal ‘party pooper’: slacking off on my meditation and regular yoga practices, as well as on my outdoor activities in favour of goals I wish to meet and tasks I feel that need to be done.
But, no matter how much I may be aware of what is best for me and how much I try to improve my lifestyle habits, chances are that I will fall back into old habits.
In such cases, I believe it is important to practice patience with myself, improve strategy and retry.
Set-backs should not be used as an excuse to not try again. We should always try again.
Looking at this illustration, I believe it may have manifested to serve as a prologue, as inspiration for an inner dialogue regarding the desired ‘me’ in 2017.
A dialogue that will serve as a personal blueprint for 2017.
Another really quick one for Friday night’s #colour_collective colour Jade.
I was running late with this illustration as I am also busy with #inktober, #AnimalAlphabets (on Twitter), and am preparing for NaNoWriMo.
The thing is, with help of #inktober, I am trying to overcome a writer’s block. It became strange to me that as soon as I ventured to write a story, I simply couldn’t. Whatever idea may have popped up in my mind, by the time I had pen and paper ready (even if it was a matter of seconds) I went blank.
The only other time I’ve ever experienced going blank was during some exams at uni. While the explanation for why I was going blank at uni was clearly a fear of failing and a pressure to succeed, what was the obstacle with writing a story?
Because pondering the source of my writer’s block could take ages, I decided to throw myself into the deep end and just write!
That is why I am treating myself to #inktober. Maybe, I was biting off a bit more than I can chew, because so far, it hasn’t been easy to schedule this tight timetable. But I am sticking to it for as long as I possibly can.
Missed out on last week’s #colour_collective, which was Sage Gray, thanks to a two-day long migraine and a back spasm. Nothing to worry about, though, as I am recovering steadily.
But, isn’t it usually only after a physical system crash that we are made aware of what we normally take for granted?
Every day, this complex construct we call body gets its job done day and night!
And very often we torture it with stupid habits. I tend to sit for too many hours in front of the computer screen, Wacom screen or easel. I tend to push my creative flows beyond my physical limits. And that’s just stupid!
One should always strive for the middle way.
That is why I am also so ever grateful for yoga as it supports a speedy but gentle recovery. I am picking up my swimming routine again, too. I do love to swim but sometimes, when it comes to sports, lethargy or lazy bum behaviour gets the best of me.
As for right now, I shall not exaggerate with sitting for too long in front of the computer straining my head, shoulders and back obsessing over typos, synonyms, and grammar. Please forgive if my writing comes across as sloppy tonight.
And while I am physically limited in terms of how long I can sit in front of the computer, stand in front of my easel or walk around a day, I’m using this time to contemplate and plot my #inktober content (an inked drawing a day in October – for details see on Mr Jake Parker’s website and do consider joining!)
Last year, I missed the boat and only managed to hop on at the end of the month with a couple of Halloween themed inked illustrations.
This year, I wish to create a story – something like a graphic novel or picture book story.
And although the content may not turn out to be a masterpiece, this #inktober shall be remembered as:
‘The one that crashed my writer’s block’.