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.


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’)

Under The Silvery Sky

For this evening’s #colour_collective colour Silver, I was inspired by the current silvery sky and the first few snowflakes that silently floated down onto the streets a few days back.

'Under the silver sky' for #colour_collective’s colour Silver
‘Under the silvery sky’ for #colour_collective’s colour Silver: black pigment liner 0.1, water colours, gouache, frisket, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265g/sqm

 

SilverThere is something quite magical about first snow.

I have observed myself and others returning to a childlike state of being when these leight-weighted, celestial dancers manifest from the sky.

Any thoughts that might have been troubling the mind fade away in admiration of these architectural miracles.

In their presence, time seems to stand still and – even if just for a mere moment – much of the ongoing chatter within the mind simply ceases.

 

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is yet to be announced.

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

Wishing all a lovely and mind-chatter free weekend!

Natarajasana

Another yoga-themed illustration for this evening’s #colour_collective colour Robin Egg Blue.

Natarajasana for #colour_collective’s colour Robin Egg Blue: black pigment liner 0.05 & 0.1, water colours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265g/sqm
Natarajasana for #colour_collective’s colour Robin Egg Blue: black pigment liner 0.05 & 0.1, water colours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265g/sqm

Robin_Egg_Blue

Not sure if I will ever make it to Mount Kailash, but it certainly is on my list of things to do some day.

Mountains in general fill me with awe and reverence.

But when it comes to traveling to Mount Kailash, I get the distinct feeling it must be an extraordinary and very rewarding undertaking.

Although, I did read that traveling to Mount Kailash can be quite a challenge on a physical as well as on a mental level.

After all, we are speaking about altitudes between 4600 meters and 5500 meters – I reckon it is wise to be well prepared.

As for now, an easier undertaking – an illustrated journey to Mount Kailash.

 

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is yet to be announced.

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

Wishing all a peaceful and happy weekend!

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!

 

2015 – a whole lot of ‘news’

2015 is starting off with a whole lot of ‘news’. New job, new people, new clothes, new flat, new studio, new and improved habits, new things to learn, new colours, new styles, new insights, new ideas.

Interestingly, internally it’s calm waters, at least, so far.

One of the tricky things in life, regardless whether we are going through difficulties or pleasantly exciting times is: to keep equanimity of mind and to stay focused on ones goals.

It’s so easy to waver. Wavering seems to be a very human characteristic, but with awareness we can gently put ourselves back on track.

So, as for 2015, January will be dedicated to moving and setting up my studio, whereas February will hopefully be the beginning of completing my art project ‘From the Old to the New Paradigm’… got so many images in my head that wish to be materialised on canvas!

In between completing my painting project and working as an editor and transpersonal life coach I wish to further develop illustrations of and (maybe) stories with the three children (whose names I haven’t given birth to, yet) including the dog named Archi and the cat named Medes.

But no matter what, a central part of my daily activities shall be meditation and yoga and a balanced diet with a moderate but efficient life – work rhythm.

Also, I shall remind myself to laugh a lot, to stay positive, to learn, to have faith, to trust, to stay focused, and – to create, create, and create some more.

With this, I say good-bye for now to retreat to an Epsom bath, to meditate and to get a good night’s rest, for tomorrow, a new flat awaits to be ‘feng shuid’ to its fullest potential!

A big and heartfelt thank you to all of you out there, which dropped by, followed, liked, commented, shared and enjoyed babyluesnowflake’s posts so far! I hope to be back soon.

Namaste
Good night – and
the sweetest of dreams

Advent Calendar December 2014

For a couple of years I’ve been thinking about creating an online advent calendar, but never came around to do so.

Now that December is coming close so soon again, I’ve decided to do at least a ‘blog advent calendar’:
For each day of December leading up to Christmas I wish to post a winter-theme sketch, or drawing, or illustration, or comic, or painting, or poem, etc..

I hope you will enjoy following this advent calendar as much as I will enjoy creating its content!

As for now, this is a small collage of my recent winter character development sketches:

Winter character development: pencil (3B, 4B) sketches in my a6 sketchbook
Winter character development: pencil (3B, 4B) sketches in my a6 sketchbook