Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Art: Days 10 to 21 of #30Daysof Creativity - in one piece

It's Day 21 of 30 Days of Creativity - and I've not kept up to date with it - until now!

Each highlighted word represents each day's theme from 30 - from 10 to 21. It was harder than I thought it would be to write.

Bringing heat like a toaster
Your words draw pictures in my mind with bright crayons
You free my mind like Abe Lincoln
And Eureka-ify Albert Einstein-style
Your love’s a picnic of treats and assortments
Delving deep in your ocean I swim among sea creatures
Hipsters unconventional like us
Hold superpowers untold
My feet never touch the ground when you’re around
I’m like a beach ball in the sky – in your air
We’ve got a love with platypus-defending proportions
People can call this cheese, but I don’t care, I'm overcome with emotion 

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Self: The key to fulfilment - #Day7 of #30DaysofCreativity

(If you have read my blog posts before today in the month of June 2011, you'll have noticed I've been putting up drawings for the 30 Days of Creativity. Today I have decided to creatively deviate and write an actual post :) )

Last weekend something clicked.

On Saturday, The Fly Blog alerted me to a feature about fulfilment from The New York Times and the following particular sentence struck out to me:

"Most of us are egotistical and most are self-concerned most of the time, but it’s nonetheless true that life comes to a point only in those moments when the self dissolves into some task. The purpose in life is not to find yourself. It’s to lose yourself."

Wow – I think I'd heard sentiments like that before, but it really struck a chord that day, I don't know why.

And in church on Sunday, the minister assigned to direct our prayer points highlighted: "[Here in the UK] Next year, the Queen will have served the nation for SIXTY years."

If 'serving' is not losing yourself, then I don't know what is – but do we realise that when we look back at our lives at some point in the future we will see that we had served a unitary thing throughout our time on Earth, regardless of whether we knew it or not?

When the aforementioned Queen hands out New Year's and Birthday honours to people, it's usually for the receiver's contribution to a specific field over the years, and I think we can use these honours as a system or template for our own lives. So ask yourself: what have you been serving so far (because you have been!), and if you like what you have been serving (whether it be the community, your customers, an industry such as fashion, visual arts or music, the sciences, retail, pupils and students, an organisation or movement, business clients, the homeless, your family, your lifelong ambitions for example) that's great, continue!

But if you're not so pleased – ask yourself what (or whom) you would like to start serving from now on. If you're not sure, just look for a problem and go about trying to help solve it, and put your back into it – and know it will take longevity and stickability, not necessarily sixty years, but you know, years dedicated to a good cause is a good look for your life, too.

Do you agree, disagree, think it's not as simple as that? 

Who or what have you been serving?


Art: Day 6 of #30DaysofCreativity

The 30DaysofCreativity continue. I sketched Alicia Keys from the 'As I Am' album cover just before the clock struck midnight, so it's rushed. (Time management issues.)

In other Alicia Keys related 'news': Unthinkable (I'm Ready) remains my fav AK song of all time.

If you're doin' the 30 Days too, I hope it's going well! Let me know how it's going and what you think...

Monday, 6 June 2011

Art: #Day5 of #30DaysofCreativity

Portrait of the letter 'A' :)

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Art: Day 4 of #30DaysofCreativity

Cheryl Cole - judge on US X Factor

Friday, 3 June 2011

Day 3 of #30DaysofCreativity

"30 Days of Creativity"

30 Days of Creativity is a social initiative encouraging people to create stuff (anything) every day for 30 days in June.

"Your brain is like a muscle. When you exercise it, it gets stronger."

(Above - T'is a link you can click on)

I love portraiture so this I what I intend to focus on for the month... But portraits aren't just faces so look out...

Day three:

Well, here's the thing. I started day two, but wasn't happy with the results - here's a snippet of George (of Clooney)'s Eyes...

I could have done something else, but I forgot all about it! :)

Here's day three's results - Erykah... Happier with this result, but still...

On to the next one...

The first part of this post was a link, but if you don't scroll on everything like me to see if it's a link or not, type in http://30daysofcreativity.com/ (or go on and start a new habit - it's a link :) )

Wednesday, 1 June 2011


I've taken a creativity pledge

I want to get better at portraits, so gonna try to do one a day in the month of June!

#Day1 - Liz Hurley