Time

Doing a little writing challenge and combining it with my daily sketch for 60 days.

I’ll be writing everyday at least 500 words (unedited) for 31 days. Both challenges are intended for the extra exercise and routine.

Of course I am also wishing to create engaging content for you, too. But please forgive me if I’m just rambling on.

As for today, it marks the third day of my daily sketch and the second day of the writing challenge.

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Time: gouache and gold ink; daily sketch day 3/60

 

I did not intend to paint clocks. And, had I realised what a terribly complex topic writing about the concept of time would turn out to be, I would have painted some simple blotches to which I could have wrote just anything! But I stuck it through, for better of for worse. Tomorrow I’ll need to come up with something simpler to write about. 😉


Time (31 day writing challenge 2/31)

The last couple of years, I’ve had a feeling that time is passing really fast. And I mean, really fast! 2016 felt not different. Is time flying by? Or am I flying with time?

Accepting age as a factor for a fast time perception alone does not satisfy me at all. I really dislike when people blame ‘whatever’ on age. But I’ll give the age argument a fair chance and contemplate its influence on my personal time perception:

Let me travel back to when I was a toddler. I barely remember anything in the first couple of years of my life. Or let’s phrase it differently; I’ve go no memory of time related sensations. I’m guessing, as a child, I still did not have enough awareness to add the time factor into the experiences I was making. Early on in life, my only concern was to quench my thirst or hunger, poop, rest or explore this strange new place I found myself in and be as cute as possible to make sure the ones feeding me (my parents – a concept I did not understand in the beginning of my existence) will continue with keeping me warm, dry and well fed.

Around the age of three and four, memories started to kick in and got archived. Gradually there were more things to remember and more things to look forward to. A great experience wished to be repeated and not so great ones, well, avoided. And before I even realised it happening, I was stuck in either past memories (good or bad) or dreaming or fearing the future, disassociating myself from the present.

I feel that my ability as a child to be more in the present did not stem from my age as such, but from my disinterest in the past and the future and an in-the-moment concentration on what I was experiencing. The more I grew into the time concept of past and future, the more I was jolted out of the ‘timeless’ experience of the now into a decelerated perception of my passing days and existence.

As I grew older troubles and worries derived from challenging circumstances made life harder. Worries in particular are like chains that couple past traumas with future angst. It’s like an endless loop in coding or a dog chasing its tale. There is no clear beginning nor visible end to worries. Looking back I can say that worries decelerated my time perception massively.

Until, well, because I set upon a path to consciously return to the present moment, which in my case would be by means of yoga and meditation I was able to break out of the endless loop and feeling of stagnation.

Time can pass quickly when we are engaged in something we enjoy, but it can also pass quickly while we are engaged in so much ‘doing’ that we miss out on the ‘being’, which in my opinion is also a lesser than desirable state of being. There needs to be a balance of movement and stillness within time.

Thinking about it, from a happy person’s perspective life will not seem much longer than a blink of an eye. For a person who is suffering, life is an endless endurance and time seemingly stands still.

The thing is, circumstances cannot necessarily be influenced directly or even changed. Life will always bring its fair share of challenging situations. There will always be things do that I do not enjoy so much. But, whatever the circumstance, I can always decide to be happy and engage in life with utmost awareness and aliveness to make the best of the present moment and fly with time.

Time should not just fly by nor should it stand still. We should fly with time and make best use of it.

 


For now, I just want to fall into bed!

Good night and sweet dreams.


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Catching up with #colour_collective: Rose Quartz, Viridian, Deep Lilac, Naples Yellow & Cool Grey and #MeetTheCCArtist

To fill my creative well*, 2016 began with a thorough detox in a contemplative and meditative manner.

Meanwhile, the desire to catch up with and rejoin the wonderful #colour_collective community arose and I’ve decided to combine all that I have missed out on so far in one image:

Catching up with #colour_collective: Rose Quartz, Viridian, Deep Lilac, Naples Yellow & Cool Grey and #MeetTheCCArtist
Catching up with #colour_collective: Rose Quartz, Viridian, Deep Lilac, Naples Yellow & Cool Grey and #MeetTheCCArtist
Before #colour_collective’s 2016 sequel commenced on 22 January, #colour_collective artists came together on Twitter to introduce themselves through #MeetTheCCArtist on 15 January, 2016.

Something definitely worth checking out on Twitter, in case you haven’t already – lovely art works!

Hm, while writing this post, I’ve just noticed that thanks to my #MeetTheCCArtist contribution, I am a step closer to adding an ‘About’ page to this blog.

Wishing all a lovely weekend!

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(*see Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’)

Ardha Padmasana

For today’s #colour_collective colour Rose Quartz another yoga-themed illustration:

Ardha Padmasana for #colour_collective’s colour Rose Quartz
Ardha Padmasana for #colour_collective’s colour Rose Quartz: black pigment liner 0.1, water colours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265g/sqm

 

RoseQuartzCCInitially, I was tripping over the name Rose Quartz in combination with the given lilac-like sample colour (left).

I use many Rose Quartz rocks on the balcony and inside the home.

All these rocks are pinkish, which explains why I found the lilac of the sample colour for Rose Quartz a bit irritating.

However, after some research I discovered that there is a type of Rose Quartz that can have this lilac tone and it is called Lavender Rose Quartz.

The Rose Quartz stone is supposed to support ‘unconditional love’ and have the ability to open the heart’s energy centre.

Whereas Lavender Rose Quartz, with its purple hue, is said to be a little stronger in its protective nature – might just add some to my quartz collection as its colour is very pretty, too.

 

 

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective will be announced tomorrow.

For more information see @Clr_Collective and @PennyNevilleLee (#colour_collective creator) and do check out the wonderful illustrations that were posted so far.

The text around the illustration translates to: ‘May all beings in all the worlds be happy’.

So in this sense, wishing all a happy weekend!

 

Day 5 #paintseptember

The Number Nerd

'Number Nerd': Some flind bliss in numbers: black pigment liner 0.3, water colours
‘Number Nerd’: Some flind bliss in numbers: black pigment liner 0.3, water colours

There are people who find complete bliss when putting numbers together.

And then there are people who are happy when they need not.

So, the ones that are not so fond of numbers are always happy for the ones that are.

Because, by giving the ones that are fond of numbers numbers to equate they give them an opportunity for a blissful pass-time, so the non number lovers can pass their time more blissfully.

Thumbs up and huge appreciation for the number nerds!

Day 16 to 19 of #DrawingAugust

It’s been quite a busy, long weekend, so I hadn’t come around to posting my #DrawingAugust efforts.

So let me catch up…

Day 16: ‘Cat Love’ sketch

'Cat Love' pencil sketch (3B)
‘Cat Love’ pencil sketch (3B)

Day 17: I inked ‘Cat Love’ and had the idea for something like a ‘meteorological team work’ drawing in my head…

'Cat Love' inked, pigment liner 0.2 and 0.3
‘Cat Love’ inked, pigment liner 0.2 and 0.3

Day 18 and 19: …sketched, inked and water coloured the ‘Meteorological Team Work’ idea of day 17.

'Meteorological Team Work' in progress, pencil sketch (4B), pigment liner 0.3 & 0.5, water colours
‘Meteorological Team Work’ in progress, pencil sketch (4B), pigment liner 0.3 & 0.5, water colours
MeteoTeamWork
‘Meteorological Team Work’, pencil sketch (4B), pigment liner 0.3 & 0.5, water colours

Day 19: ‘Cat Love’ in water colours

'Cat Love' inked and water coloured
‘Cat Love’ inked and water coloured

 

 

Day 9 of #DrawingAugust

My planetary studies of today inspired me to do a little sketch of the ruling planets for Aquarius:

Uranus and Saturn, colouring pencil sketch and pigment liner 0.5
Uranus and Saturn, colouring pencil sketch and pigment liner 0.5

If I find the time to dig a bit deeper into the planets and their meanings, I might develop an illustrated story or comic from it… or maybe a card deck?

Let’s see how the Aquarius full moon will inspire.

#GrowJune Sketch Collection

#GrowJune inspired me to put together the following sketches for an illustrated children’s book on how to grow a plant.

I will ink and colour them. I might add one or two sequences more.

But all in all this is the how the story goes:

"Look! I've got some seeds!"
“Look! I’ve got some seeds!”
"Let's plant the seeds! Maybe it will grow into a tree!"
“Let’s plant the seeds! Maybe it will grow into a tree!”
"There must be pots we could use in the garden house!"
“There must be pots we could use in the garden house!”
"Let's take one of these pots down there."
“Let’s take one of these pots down there.”
"We'll just put some earth in the pot and bring it back into the house."
“We’ll just put some earth in the pot and bring it back into the house.”
"Have we got everything we need?" "Think so."
“Have we got everything we need?” “Think so.”
"Here's the pot and the earth." "And here are the seeds and the watering pot."
“Here’s the pot and the earth.” “And here are the seeds and the watering pot.”
"Now we push the seeds into the earth."
“Now we push the seeds into the earth.”
"Some water for the seeds."
“Some water for the seeds.”
"On the windowsill it will have enough light to grow."
“On the windowsill it will have enough light to grow.”
"It is said that loving the plant will help with growth."
“It is said that loving the plant will help with growth.”
"Look! A seedling!" "Ah! Let me see!"
“Look! A seedling!” “Ah! Let me see!”
The plant answers to the efforts, love and affection of the girls with growth, beauty and unconditional love.
The plant answers to the efforts, love and affection of the girls with growth, beauty and unconditional love.

Cycle of Growth #growjune

Sequel of ‘Wind’ and ‘Raindrops’ from Twitter’s #movemay.

Water returning to the sky and growing back into a cloud.

'Cycle of Growth' for Twitter's #growjune. Pigment liner 0.8, 0.3 on tracing paper over pencil sketch
‘Cycle of Growth’ for Twitter’s #growjune. Pigment liner 0.8, 0.3 on tracing paper over pencil sketch
First go on inking using tracing paper over 'Wind' sketch
 Wind – Inking
Wind and Rain - Ink
Wind and Rain – Inking