Downtime is everything, but we never seem to get enough of it! There is always something to do for someone else who might or might not appreciate all you do. However, it is up to us all to find that time - what’s really important? We can complain that we’d love to do this and that and spend time doing things that inspire us, with people who motivate us or with those that care for us. However, at the end of the day, all of these hopes and wishes just stay that - hopes and wishes. They never become reality, because they are never planned for or put on our list of priorities.
Just like you, I am guilty of this misdemeanor, I tell no lies. The above photo was taken with my son a few months ago and we have not spent quality time doing something together for such a long time. We both now live separate lives, our life demands are very different; we are separated by hundreds of kilometers. That should not deter us, but at times, it does.
So over the years, I have used other means of spending time together with love ones. Having lived more than half my life overseas, one learns to adjust ones way of doing things, but it does come at a cost - massive phone bills, Skype calls, sleepless nights (time zones are not always compatible) and extra flights home to Oz. Yes extra, because by the time one forks out two and three hour calls every couple of days, one might as well buy a flight ticket home. A $600-$700 phone bill every quarter or so, racks up the pennies fast! So coming home for a week of R&R is a great way to recharge your life batteries.
Family never live far away. Buy that ticket at the beginning of the year and again as soon as you arrive home,. It is great incentive to save money and to be a whole lot more productive. You could even meet up on some remote island that swims between you both, in order to share costs. And yes, that would be an adventure of a lifetime.
Snap, snap - great memories here we come! :)
A difference is not just creating some massive change in another’s life, even the smallest act of kindness everyday, can make a difference. Kindness shared creates an abundance of inspiring possibilities - can spark new ways of doing things - can resolve underlying problems, left unresolved because they’re too hard - give confidence and inspiration that might not seem like much at the time, but are a mountain of help for that person over their lifetime.
It is so easy to carry on with our lives, in such a busy way - we don’t think twice about the way we ask people to carry out daily tasks if we are management, when in conversation with others, when we speak to kids or adults who are still young at heart. We get blindsided by business, by society’s expectations that we take on board as needing to be more efficient, so we can get ahead in life. We forget how we might have arrived in the world, who gave us that first break, who took time out to teach us right from wrong - the abc’s - who helped us when we were down.
Caring is sharing the burdens of life. Sharing is caring about those burdens, so the pain is less on everyone.
We are all interconnected and what affects you - affects others. Share the love of positivity and inspiring assistance to others - you may need it yourself one day.
I have to say, everyone loves to know they are on the right track; that what they are doing, is the way of the universe and it will eventually work out for the best. One plans the days and nights; struggles through the challenges - at times not really confident that one will be able to resolve the myriad of complex problems that hijack one's mind. Doubt can be a never-ending thought process, if you don't have your neurons sorted out - in much the same priority as you organise your plan for success.
My mind is forever going at one hundred to one - it never seems to sleep. At times, I severely doubt myself - not because I don't feel I have enough of the right stuff to make it a success; I doubt myself because it is so far removed from the box of normality, in the way other people think. I worry about what they will think of me - when I'm doing what I'm doing; worry that I'm not enough, in the big scheme of things. For those who have known me - my whole lifetime, you have come to terms with my abstractness - have learnt to expect, the unexpected. For those more new to the game of friendship, then I'm just a bit of a curved ball.
So how does one progress, if one is forever doubting one's abilities to succeed because of what other people think? Hmmmm - with difficulty. And, I know I am not alone here. I am pretty sure there are other abstract individuals on the planet, who think as I do. I don't reckon I am a rare Tasmanian Devil on the planet.
For me, learning to switch off to the myriad of often harsh comments that artistic individuals receive - is a skill that I'm still learning - given that I'm highly sensitive creature like many artists.
This school holidays, I have revisited the basics of art. It has been considerable time since I have touched on the subject of trees and am so far finding the visit both fun and educational. Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in one day and finding sufficient time to revisit all subject matters, takes considerable concentrated effort, after not having touched a pencil in weeks. Some days I feel as though I'm back at square one and I really have to focus on my weaknesses - seeing and drawing things as they are and not letting my mind wander where it wants to.
Given the weather has been wonderful of late, I have strolled through Queens Park and picked a lovely, leafless tree to commence my drawing practice. I am always keen to get drawing the details, so I really have to restrict myself and make sure I put down only the essential information first.
Okay, so I got a bit carried away with the first tree. However, I might just make this one, the centre of attraction and leave the remaining trees to sit very much in the background of my nature piece. Generally, I like to work one area first to get my brain into the zone. It also allows me time to think about how I might want to treat the picture and what elements would complement my subject.
However, in this learning curve, I am trying to teach my hand to achieve an overall impression of what the final drawing might look like, so that I can achieve more in one sitting. When I am out on location drawing, time seems to pass so quickly and before I realise it, half my day has gone and I have not laid down my entire drawing. I lose essential lighting and often lose the mood of the picture, given the clouds or other weather conditions that help build the character of my drawings. So today about get the overall scape down in a shorter amount of time.
I can't say that I am finished or entirely happy with the treatment of trees. However, returning to the basics of creation always helps me define what I am trying to achieve with my drawing. A couple more weeks of this and I will be ready to plot my next major piece.
Enjoy the drawing board!
I would like to bring to your attention the plight of ‘Honey’ - the dolphin, 46 penguins and 100’s of fish and reptiles that remain abandoned at the now defunct - Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium in Choshi, Japan. The Park closed 9 months ago and without the kindness of a few locals, these poor animals would have died months ago. The animals and the angels taking care of them - need urgent assistance to place them in a marine park where they can get access to medical attention and be humanely cared for; where ‘Honey’ can recuperate & retire with a caring family of dolphins.
Dolphin Project have been recording her status and that of the other remaining animals. They have been trying to gain the attention of the Japanese authorities to change the conditions for the animals, but with little response. The owner of the Park has apparently been contacted, but no response to date.
Here you are able to view the animals as best available; one can not determine the physical state of HONEY the dolphin, but no doubt its emotional/psychological state is not the best given it remains alone in the pool, without any contact from its own species.
Some other articles presently circulating the Internet, regarding this issue are listed below. Take a good read. LIfe can't be easy for the creatures.
Again, this is a matter of paramount urgency; we get as many people to sign this as possible.
Follow the link to the petition and lets get HONEY and the other animals to safety!