For our prompt of magnolias today, I decided to add a little warbler into the mix for some added interest and color. I’ve been trying to invent my own compositions more this month, so this was another fun opportunity to give it a go. And in these moments, I’m always reminded why I adore my watercolor habit. Today, I was rushing around doing all sorts of things and never managed to pause until I sat down to sketch and paint a little something. The weekend seemed to rush by in a blur, so it was wonderful to have a moment where time stood still. I had a dream last night where I was late on a projects and rushing to meet deadlines. Since they weren’t real projects in my dream, I can only assume it’s a message that I just need to slow down a bit. This month of sketching has been a good dream in that it’s allowed me to focus on nature and the beauty around me. As much as I think I stop and enjoy nature on a regular basis, I’m continually reminded that the unnatural world of email, smartphones, and deadlines demands much of my attention. So, these days, I’m making a bit more of a concerted effort to unplug a bit more. To read more books and enjoy life as I once did before all of this technology made the impossible possible.
For a guy who choses to journal live and in public, I’m notoriously shy. I’ve never once appeared on video and only showed up in audio form via my podcast that started last year. We live in a world that’s all about video now, but I still love the written word and the ideas it can bring. I may show up on video one day, of course, but for now, I’m quite content with my current path. As most of you who follow this blog know by now, I tend to follow my own path quite regularly and do things that aren’t exactly the same as everyone else who art blogs. This year, I’ve set goals for myself that will follow in the same fashion. New things that I hope you’ll enjoy that don’t quite follow the expected path of an artist blogger. I’m truly not trying to be belligerent or weird, it’s just that many of things I know I’m supposed to do at this point don’t interest me. I only hope that what I choose to do next will interest you, dear reader, and you’ll continue to join me for the fun! I have a habit of only following my heart, and so what you find here is a side effect of that. And I can honestly say that the heart is something very worthy of following at all times.
We live in a world filled with expectations we often don’t quite realize are even being placed on us. There’s an algorithm for everything these days and those algorithms tend to influence everything in our lives. In those olden days, we only had to worry about right and wrong and being good people. These days, while online, you have to consider things you never stopped to consider before. But, I’ve simply never bothered with those things. I still post in real-time knowing full well that it’s a horrible time to post something. I post whatever I make, even though I know before I do, that little doodlewash will simply not garner the number of likes that the last one did. In short, I do everything just a bit incorrectly and, in the process, consistently jeopardize my social media success. Why? Because, I have to believe that through those cracks in the algorithm that real life still manages to occur in our digital age. More often than not, my posts will be seen by less people, but I adore each of the people who manage to find them! Thanks to each of you who comment on my posts as you bring me so much joy! Out of all of the things online that can grab attention, I’m thrilled that my little daily offering can grab yours. And that’s all I really hope for each day, as I take that little moment to sketch and paint, stopping to the smell the flowers.
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