I have been unwell for quite some time now and I realise I have to slow down a bit, stop trying to get everything done ‘Yesterday’ and enjoy the moment without thinking too far ahead.
So how to stop the constant mind chatter? Yoga, meditation, massage? Nah, I like to open my journal and draw, write or doodle, my mind instantly quiets down and concentrates on the marks I am making on the paper. It doesn’t matter if my drawings are not spectacular works of art, (as if!), it’s great practice, it clears my mind and I have lovely little memories to look back on.
Right now my mind is overwhelmed with the many projects I keep coming up with, and they all want to come to fruition at the same time. I am bursting at the face seams, or at least, it feels that way.
There are my ‘Flora Inklings’ to finish for a commission, at least they are started.
There are unfinished house softies, (sewn from scraps), these too I have made a start on. I have three sockies on the cutting table where I abandoned them a month ago. I have become so excited with my wacom bamboo that I can’t stay away too long or I get withdrawals, seriously I do.
I have sorted out a huge bag of re-cycled patterned papers I am planning to use in a collage. I have new watercolours, inks & lino sheets all waiting to be broken in & my sketchbook is looking lonely.
I have had my Wacom tablet since last Christmas and have been too scared to use it. I had a dabble when it first arrived but then decided it was too hard to work out. Today I decided to try again and I have doodled a rather cool looking pic of my darling lily.
Can anyone share some Bamboo Wacom Tablet tips with me? Please leave a comment if you do. Thank You. Clare.
Since starting Sketchbook Delight Course with Alisa Burke I have become re-aquainted with my love of
black ink pens. I find myself impatient for our evening meal to be done with so I can sit and doodle while
Mr H watches, ‘helliloggers’, swamp people, or one of the many, ick ‘man shows’ he loves.
I’m also obsessing over wee little houses and have been madly pinning, sewing and doodling the quaint little dwellings. Not sure what all of this is about or what it might lead to but I do know it’s lots of relaxing & creative fun for me.
|left side unfinished|
I spent a beautiful Melbourne Saturday with a Gorgeous Friend.
We took a train to Melbourne to hear and see The Dalai Lama.
‘A Conversation with the Dalai Lama- HAPPINESS, LIFE & LIVING – KARMA AND REINCARNATION’.
Even though I found it difficult to understand His English at times, already I am making
happy & positive changes in my life.
Amy and I were shopping for Birthday cards when she came across this one about
a Farting duck named Derek. He does all these loud farts for your birthday. Hmm, well of
course she bought it and of course she hasn’t sent it to anyone.
I painted this one afternoon while Dad was sleeping. It kept me amused!
…..finally gave in to doodling in my watercolour Moleskine, I’m so pleased I did.
How silly to think it would spoil my book.
I like these black circles so much so that I did not want to stop making them and now I am finished I love looking at them.
Doodling patterns with circles, dots, blobs, lines and swirly bits is a wonderful and mesmerising pastime. Just the thing for stress relief and for me it is an enjoyable meditation.
I zone right out, get lost in the lines and feel serene.