Unexpected Happenings

“Peace, Love & Harmony” stamps.

Some of the most delightful things in life happen without a plan.

I’m not one for planning much. Growing up I used to hear adults talk about how you need a plan for your life, otherwise you’ll just wander and accomplish nothing. So I tried to make plans for me life. Eventually I would either forget them as soon as I figured them out, run into something that would cause me to change course or find myself feeling rather stifled by what now feels more like a restraint than an actual plan. I eventually came to the conclusion that planning was over rated. Having a plan doesn’t guarantee success in life nor does it guarantee failure if you don’t have one. I feel that so long as you have a general idea or direction you want to go in you’re good and you can just figure out the details along the way. But I get it, not everybody can live like that.
To me, not steering the course of your life too strictly allows room for delightful little things to happen along the way that can lead to new and exciting things or much needed personal growth. If you look at nature there’s no detailed plan for the course of life. Seeds fall where they may, vegetation springs up wherever it can and the cycle of life flows continually in the general direction towards that which brings about living.
So I’ve been most frustrated with this stamp carving lately. I’ve been finding myself lacking in ideas and feeling disappointed in the progress of my skills. But today, without planning to, I just sat down and started carving. I had nothing in mind and at first I felt a little apprehensive. I did something small, a lotus blossom, then an OM symbol, a figure in a meditation pose and then three hours later I looked up and saw that I had also craved some cherry blossoms and Chinese characters. I guess my mind had sunk back into the recesses of former designs I had done before and found comfort in tackling something I was already familiar with. What transpired came to fit neatly with my Hummingbird stamp and an interesting layout formed. Being nitpicky as I am, I see that I’m gonna need to redo the Chinese characters and the cherry blossoms but for something that happened completely unexpectedly I like how this came together. 😊

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Hummingbird Stamp

Okay, I’ve attempted to do something a little more complex with this stamp carving and as of now, all I can say is that slowly but surely I’m getting better. It’s frustrating, inking can be a pain but I’m getting better at it and I’m just gonna leave it at that. With that said, I think I’ll attempt to do another hummingbird design. Please wish me a little patience and peace. 😊

Another Year Under My Belt

Is there a remedy for cookie hangovers? It’s my birthday and I’ve eaten way too many of these things… topped with ice cream. (Yes, I know, I’ve completely regressed into a 12 year old kid.) Dear Double Chocolate Chip cookie…”I wish I knew how to quit you”. 😳

More Kitties

“Pride” (wip)

Tackling another feline. This one is much bigger with more fur. As usual I have no plan of attack. I’ll probably stare at this base drawing for a couple of days just visualizing how I would like for it to look before I get brave enough to lay a drop of ink on it. I’ve been doing pointillism for years yet I still and will probably always get nervous whenever I start inking a new drawing.

Soul’s Door

“Soul’s Door” by Q. Rumbley

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day. I myself have been wrapped up in pulling together some thoughtful creative gifts for my three mothers (biological, step and in-law), hence my absence over the last week. I’m pleased to say that they all enjoyed their gifts and life is back to the usual routine now. In the midst of all that I was able to finish up, what I have come to call “Soul’s Door”, with the help of a few friends. I have to say I wasn’t really sure how this was going to turn out. I still have yet to build up my confidence in stippling fur but I think I’m getting the hang of my own style in doing so. I’m on to my next piece, which will also involve fur so I’ll be getting more practice in. Soon I will no longer feel nervous about tackling Nature’s furry creatures. 😊