First Day Of Summer

As today is the first day of summer I give thought to the Cosmos, the Earth and to Nature and are reminded of quotes by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee .

The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise… then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish.” ~ Buddhadasa Bhikkhu


If we recognize the Earth as a living, spiritual being, we will find that she can regenerate.” ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 


May we always be mindful of where we came from, to what we will return and our interconnectedness to all that is around us. 🙏😊

Five Things To Remember As An Artist

Number 4 resonates with me the most. In this day and age where everything is immediate and accessible practically 24/7, having patience is becoming a lost virtue. I find myself feeling as though I need to be a machine to keep up, to compete in this “instant gratification” world. People can easily forget about you if you’re not cranking out work at the same speed as pushing a button. But among my own personal beliefs, I feel that the creative spirit comes from Nature and if you’ve ever paid any attention to Nature, She has never been in a rush to do anything. The only things that tend to happen quickly are disasters and destruction but creation takes time and effort. We can get fooled into believing in “over night” success because the media likes to highlight these anomalies but often such successes are 7, 10, 15 and sometimes 20 years in the making. Anything worth any true value or beauty takes time to create. So if you’re like me, keep something like this list around to remind yourself to have patience with yourself and your craft. Nothing great was ever built in a day.

Sometimes You Have To DIY It

I’m not sure if this is ingenious or just down right cheap and trifling. I’m an avid diarist. I’ve got drawers and footlockers full of diaries/journals, that honestly, I cringe to read through but yet can’t help but to continue writing. Typically it takes me one to two months to fill up a journal​ so I’m frequently heading to the corner store or local B&N in search for a new notebook, journal, diary or whatever I can find to write my thoughts in. (I also have a journal app on all my mobile devices.) But the journals I’m most fond of are the slim pocket journals that run about $15-20 a pop depending on where you get them. I’m close to finishing my current one and I just don’t feel like shelling out another $20 for a new one. So I made my own. I had some college ruled notebook paper, some cream colored cardstock, some minty dental floss and a hole puncher lying around to whip up this DIY journal. I know, it’s makeshift and not all that pretty but it will do for now. Actually I had fun doing it. For $20 I could go buy a pack of writing paper, some nicer cardstock and twine and make four or five journals, designing them to my own liking,  adding my own personal touch to them, like some drawings and whatnot instead of buying ones that are premade. So here’s my little DIY project for the day. 

…btw, the minty dental floss adds a nice wakeful aroma. 😊 

Humble Beginnings

Peek inside my personal studio. (It’s just a drawing desk.)

Welcome to my humble little studio. This is where all the magic happens…okay, it really happens in the corner of the couch that’s out of view but this is where the magic gets finished. As you can see it’s just a drawing desk and a bunch of my drawing pens in old coconut oil jars and cups along with a couple of other knick knacks. There isn’t much too it but it’s my little sacred space where I’m able to get things done.

One day I will have a beautiful home studio with a big desk, lighting and camera equipment for capturing my own photo references, hopefully a personal model or two and books and sketches all over my walls. I’ve got studio goals. 😊

A lovely studio idea from my vision board on Pinterest.

The Universe Isn’t Punishing You…

…when things fall through. But often times that’s what I immediately feel. When I step back, way back, in order to get some clarity, I realize it’s no direct fault of my own but at first, it’s easy to start beating up on myself. As an artist these internal beatings have a lot to do with getting buyers for my work and doing commissions. I’ll go into a tizzy and start wondering what did I do wrong when things don’t work out? Maybe my work isn’t good enough. Maybe I didn’t speak the right words. Maybe I didn’t pray hard enough. Maybe I’m not thinking positively enough or vibrating at the right frequency enough. These thoughts get me all in a knot of anxiety and confusion that sometimes I end up spending way too much time search my personal library for the correct formula to get myself right with the universe than I do in crafting my art. The truth is, which I often have to remind myself of, there are things that will always be out of my hands. I only have control over my own thoughts and actions.

As an artist you are going to run into people who will commission you to do work and then change their minds. You are going to run into people who you will do freelance work for who won’t pay you. You are going to run into people who will get your hopes up and go through all the motions of acting like they are going to buy some of your work but won’t follow through. You may run into a lot of people like this or just a few but none the less you will run into them. This is just the way it is. It doesn’t matter how prayed up you are, how positively you think, how long you sit in mediation, how many candles you light or how many incantations you speak. You will encounter such individuals along the road to your success. Don’t let them trip you up and doubt your aspirations. Keep moving forward because no one is going to care about your dreams, your goals or your craft as much as you or take it as seriously as much as you. So don’t build the worth of your dream upon the words and actions of others. Keep believing in yourself and your vision. Devote yourself to it by all means. As you keep going more opportunities will come. You will meet more people who will actually buy your work, follow through with that commission or give you that amazing gig.  All of the let downs are just a part of the journey or as a former love once said to me “You gotta go through the shit to get to the sugar.”.
Your main focus and responsible is creating the best possible work that you can create according to your vision and putting it out there into the world as much as possible. The rest is out of your hands.