Monday, 10 September 2012

Twice - Not the same

These two portraits were fun to draw. First one a little distorted as it was done looking up at Trevor, second one looking down at his face. Well same person twice with a different finish. Trevor is one of my colegues from work, keeps me smiling.

"At each stage of learning we must give up something, even if it is a way of life that we have always known" - Ginevee

Joy Journal: "Birthday party for my son".

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Plug Into Your Hard Wired Happiness

Please make sure that you watch these two short parts of the Srikumar Rao speech Part 1 and Part 2.
It has definitely made me think how our conditions, culture and media shape our perception of happiness.

On another note, I now use a simple Moleskine Cashier sketchbook with yellowish pages. The fact that the pages are not thick makes it difficult to sketch with watercolours but I find that this frees me up from being too attached to the final result. I just sketch for the sake of skatching.
I had a week or two where I was constantly thinking about conkers...

Also well worn my son's sandals. At the age of 11 months he goes through shoes quite quickly. The rate is 3 pairs of shoes per month...that's how much he's walking:)

Joy Journal: "Project 137"

Friday, 24 August 2012

Quick Ones and What Is

One thing (among many others) you learn from kids that if you wish to capture moment you have to do it it a photograph or sketch, there is not time for thinking or correcting or adjusting. You can do it later on, but....why would you waste your time? Just take it as it is:) And move on to the next interesting thing that captures your mind.

Life is perfect as it is. Living fully is not waiting for optimal conditions. These are already here in your life, you can never live the same day twice. So let go and move on and be fully present with what is.

Joy Journal: "Hearing Suleman laughing".

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Special Day

Life is full of beautiful and happy moments to remember.
Last Saturday we had a Special Occasion, I will let pictures speak for themselves.

With warm hearts filled with joy and happiness, gatherd in a circle of family, safe, with no rush or stress, just so we could feel and live every minute of that special time.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Not Gone...Still Here.'s been a while I know. 
There is a Big Reason for my absence (in my defence), his name is Suleman - my 11 months old son. He's the one who kept me away from blogging from the very first weeks of my pregnancy until now.

I can't believe it's been 11 months since we've welcomed our son into this world.

It is a Great Journey for me and I am learning again so many new things that I could never imagine myself learnig. All small and big things about raising your child:) Uff, and this is just the beginning.

I am officially back in business my Dears, so buck a lap and lets go for a ride.
Although tired and busy I managed to do some portraits but have to admit that it wasn't easy to go back to drawing. It took me much longer and required much more persistance and patience than it used to. My hand once used to holding the pencil now felt strange and not as comfortable. Not to mention my mind which felt like a wild tiger locked in a cage roaring at me with all the criticism and "to do" lists..

I guess it's just the break that I had from drawing because as usual I felt relaxed and in peace once I finished drawing. The only thing I can compare it to is meditation. After meditating I feel at the same or similar state of mind, at peace.

Above two of my coleauges from work Mehmet and Joanne.

So...How has your life been?
I hope all is well:) and that you will pop in here from time to time now that I am back:)

May this find you in the midst of a beautiful day, doing something you Love.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

EDM# 186 "Draw sth you've always wanted"

Well, in my case it was (and still is) the beautiful, thick dreadlocks!
I just love them:)
So for today - dreadlocks on my sketch.

Joy Journal: "smell of baking cake in the house"

Monday, 19 July 2010

Maja, my niece.

"If we think defeat, this is what we'll get.
If we are undecided, nothing will happen to us.
We must just pick something great to do and do it."
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (B. 1917)

Joy Journal: "Family Gathering".

Thursday, 8 July 2010

I guess you got used to me posting every now and then (approx once in a month now). I would like to post more often but somehow this way of challenging myself is not working anymore.
I am giving myself time now, take time not to do anything, take time to do what I feel like doing (which often means "nothing") but I guess that's how it's got to be. Thank you all for still visiting my blog and leaving your kind comments. I stopped promising myself to do more sketches, more posts as that only put me off from doing it. I realized that there are certain things in life that I cannot control even though I've read tones of books how to get myself started, motivated, more creative. Sometimes I just have to trust my body and my mind and live my life my way.

I went to Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic again this year. As on all business trips..not much time for sketching but at least I had some time to walk around and take some pictures.
I really like this wall as it has such a lovely pallet of colours - warm and pinkish:)
It's a wall of Catedral Primada de les Americas - Santo Domingo.

This portrait is from Itzick flickr page - amazing range of portraits! I would love to draw them all:)

This is a sketch from my busy workplace. My highlighters...not really original. All of them have the same size and shape - my sketch is just not too precise:)
Joy Journal: "Life, as it unfolds slowly and unexpectedly."

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Nastepny konik do mojej kolekcji "Szkice w Przerwie".
Dziennik Malych Radosci: "Spiew ptakow o poranku"

Next horse for my collection "Lunch Sketches"
Joy Journal: "Bird song in the morning"

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

I've tried to write a good and interesting post but if I was waiting for this it might have taken much longer for me to create something worth posting. The longer I prolong the harder it gets.

Fruit lunch sketch and Friday egg day documented in my sketchbook:)

Have a lovely week.

Joy Journal: "long deep breathing during busy day".
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