The only courage that matters
is the kind that gets you
from one moment to the next.
- Mignon McLaughlin
There's nothing like a quick trip to the hospital
to make me happy to come home.
It was nothing serious -
taking a friend who would not be able to drive back.
But seeing people who are sick
always makes me sad
that so many people are suffering.
It also makes me grateful
A bit of sketching on tags again...
I love working with the small size...
and adding a touch of color makes it fun, i think.
When i comes to art supplies,
I'm not big of the idea of buying expensive art supplies
because that would limit art
to those who can afford it
and I think that anyone who wants to make art,
should be able to make art.
I don't like anything that caters
to a chosen few (usually the rich)
or some art galleries.
I treat myself now and then
to a nice tube of Golden paint,
or a beautiful brush...
but I don't think it's NECESSARY
to have expensive materials
to make good art.
You don't need any fancy paper
(although a drawing pad is always nice!)Start layering things slowly.
I always start the drawing
with a bit of a contour...
then start adding more color...
lighter at first,
and later you'll go over some areas
to give them more depth.
I used a black crayon & blue one at the end,
to highlight some areas.
As you can see,
I didn't draw the bottle
exactly as it is.
If I'd want the exact bottle,
i'd take a photo. :)
It's a rough drawing,
not meant to be exact
(especially not with wax crayons).
The shape isn't perfect,
the perspective isn't perfect,
the lines are exaggerated,
but it doesn't matter
because it's a DRAWING!
Just the act of sitting down
and making this drawing
made me happy.
I wonder sometimes
why it's so important for me
to inspire others to make art.
I almost feel like the Jehovah's Witness
who comes to my door
wanting to save me... ;)
I always respectfully tell them
that religion has no place in my life.
And of course,
they are only trying to share their joy,
the same way I am trying to share mine
except they're a bit more pushy about it
by coming to my door
and I usually have to say no more than once. ;)
In a funny way,
I almost feel like a jehovah's witness
when i'm trying to convince you
of the importance of art.
It's my way of trying to save you ALL
from the confines of society.
why should it matter to everyone?
I ask myself.
As long as it matters to me.
But it's like someone finding the fountain of youth.
Or the secret to happiness.
Or the path to freedom.
Having found it,
you want to share it with the world
so that others can feel that same joy.
Art is meditation for me.
It is self discovery.
It is therapy.
It is peace of mind.
It is stress relief.
It is pride.
It is confidence.
It is courage.
It is grounding.
It is clarity.
It is expression.
It is freedom.
That's why I want to share it with you.
That's why I want everyone to connect
with their own creativity -
whether it be in cooking or gardening
or sewing or acting
or writing or singing.
Because it has brought me so much in my life
and who knows?
maybe it could bring you the same.
With everyone and everything
screaming for attention around us these days,
listening to your own voice
and finding your own space to breathe
is more important than ever.