Posts Tagged With: simplicity
Have you ever made a top 5 list of places you might want to call Paradise? Last year in early August, on a trip to Lesbos, Greece, I sure found my own definition of Paradise: Rabbit Island.
An Island of sorts!
zero humans (just our captain Alekos, who visits and has built a lovely place to spend a few hours there) or an occasional biologist, watching animals.
About one hundred rabbits. Really.
The nature: breathtaking (as will be proved by the following photos), peaceful, a small spot, smelling like wild mountain thyme and other herbs, the sea, those amazing rabbits, really shy, really lots of them.
Here are a few impressions for you.
What else is paradise-like? Well, for example my summer break started and it’s day # 1 today, quite a treat that is! Summer breaks usually start with a good mix of laziness and planned Quality time, such as visiting with dear friends, going to the coast for 10 days or just taking time for:
A very good way of being slow is starting the day with sitting Meditation and Qi Gong practice.
Drinking coffee(s) at the open Loggia Windows and breathing in fresh air, not having to worry about what time it is and if it is time to leave for…somewhere work-related.
Taking time to sort through a pile of photographs, daydream or be aware of the smell of coffee, mixed with the irresistable smell of fresh toast with “hagelslag” (tiny Little chocolate chips from the Netherlands you pour on your bread if you are inclined to do so)
When I remind myself to “go to my happy place” in tensed moments sometimes, the images of the most amazing Rabbit Island usually come to my mind right away. And yes, it sure is helpful. But let’s not fix the idea of Paradise/Quality time/ your happy place to a place which you cannot realistically go to whenever you want. Because this might cause tension.
What’s paradise to you? Feel free to comment, I sure am curious about it!
The aforementioned Mr Nobbs, whose book I …assimilated into my System ^^…. says that he drew lots of Cups. As I own lots of Cups (ask my dear friend who wrapped them all in paper when I moved about 20 months ago…ha ha) I guess I have a lot of drawing material.
Such a lovely idea anyway to draw such a common, yet important thing. Having in mind how many minutes a day I am holding a cup in my Hand…it ranges from 30 minutes to maybe something like 2 hours!
And there are Special Cups for Special moods. of course
The first attempt, however, was a little de-caffeinated. Forgive me. 🙂 Pretty please….
In my eyes (or rather: for my eyes ^^) it gets a bit better here:
Very likely to be continued. Which is a good Thing, considering I called this Cup Gallery #1
And please, pretty please, share your Cups, too, photo,sketch, drawing (or ask for my address and ship them,hahahaha…no not really cupboards are not exactly empty.) Share the love for common things. Post them on your blog and link it to this post..or send them to my emailadress.. wouldn’t that be delightful? (yes it would, eh?)
Back from the arts supplies store. Ready to play : ) … and introducing Michael Nobbs “Drawing your life”
Just getting back from the Arts supplies store (before that: a visit to the farmers’ market including Caffe Moccha and rhubarb streusel cake, buying fresh flowers for the Loggia-slash-studio and multicoloured veggies)
So a good part of today’s noon to early evening will be spent mixed media-ish… not only on the canvas, but by mixing a new tape to accompany the painting, painting with lots of other things besides brushes (well, like old toothbrushes, rugs, fingers, old credit cards….)
This post is quite inspiring today’s plans:
And today, after having listened to “Cerulean” by Ben Leinbach for about 10 times… we’ll see what happens
A Quote came up today, too… well..it’s really mixed media all over:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anaïs Nin
Big and courgeous words to me.
Here Comes a more everyday-life but yet very very unique way of approaching the Topic of art:
Let me introduce Michael Nobbs to you.
Michael Nobbs, well, his blog Kind of popped up… somewhere….I do not even remember where…but it’s amazing it did. He released a book he developed during a time with low energy. he was diagnosed with this “chronic fatigue Syndrome” and had to rest lots. That’s when he started drawing, there, right in this bedroom. As he had not too many possibilities to get around, he draw everyday things.
That’s where he got me! I love the Magic of simplicity, the beautiful of your personal still lifes like just a Cup of tea on a coaster or something…just imagine your favourite Cup on your favourite spot and you can probably already tell that there are colours, shapes and generally impressions mixing right there!
Here you can get a Little taste of what it is like to get into Michael Nobbs’s world of ideas. I was happy to read that he refers to Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and very curious about a book called “The Zen of Seeing” by a dutch author I am yet to check out.
In the Video Clip you can see that the book is for drawing, doodling, scribbling in it. 🙂 Fun to be had!
One of my favourite pages is a double page, where he says “treat yourself to a breakfast in a Café” and then you are to draw your table and condiments and then your breakfast on the next page.
With my dearest Inspirations at the Moment, namely the book “Creative Spark” by Tara Leaver, as well as looking at her online Gallery or reading her Poems, Flora Bowley’s Approach to Artmaking, Michael Nobbs’s way of cherishing the simple everyday life through painting… Susannah Conway’s take of photography …all this Closes the circle between my Intention to find different ways to practice mindfulness and making art. why?
I pay Attention to the very treasures in the very present and just where I stand or sit.
Partly this leads to taking photos or drawing.
Which again might lead to a painting.
All this keeping me quite in the very Moment.
Which is intense.
And so worth it!
Let me Close today’s post with a Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote which happens to make me feel Kind of adventurous:
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
- You Can Break Any Rules You Want (musingsofamixedgirl.wordpress.com)
Inspired again and again by the wonderful photo-art-collaboration “3191 miles apart” (see older post), sometimes during a quiet moment (making sure to have some each day!) I see the Beauty of simple things right where I live and make sure to get the camera out.
Ever since I started taking photos of those “simple”, every day life treasures, it seems my thankfulness of how and where I live has come to a new level, accompanies me through the day and just..makes me happy.
The pebbles in the photo above all but one came home with me from Eftalou, Greece. The one on the left which looks a bit like an arch was a gift from Max Bailly, an Artist and my art teacher for one week. He collected pebbles for everyone in the group for our last day for our final meditation round.
Here are a few more photo still-lifes of the past few days:
The cherry tree in front of the Loggia window. Meanwhile blooming fully and shining a bright light in the morning, when I have my first cup of coffee at about 6:15
And my cosy dutch favourite cup – with greek mint-verbena tea, I can almost smell it through the photo …
There is a beautiful Poem by Mary Oliver which matches the mood of this post.
Who love “photo-still-lifes” …
Who love simple things and are able to see the beauty in it.
A couple of years ago two women had -each – a flickr account of their own. Due to similar interests they came
across each other’s account and noticed how similar their style of photography is.
Online they developed a contact, then a friendship, then met.
And the “fruit” of them Meeting has become their first book “A year of Mornings”:
about 250 photos!
The two live in (!) Portland, Maine and Portland Oregon.
Every weekday morning, they took, without communicating with the other (and this is a very important and fascinating fact to know), a picture of their morning setting. May it be a Cup of coffee, a pair of shoes, a view out of the window.
The fascinating thing is how those photos match! Sometimes there are very similar colour or Motive schemes, sometimes somehow the theme is the same.
They made further Projects such as “A year of evenings”, unfortunately this book seems unavailable,
here comes the treat, dear Reader
online free accessible:
A year of Sundays.
You might want to take some time, like 20 minutes, and a cup of coffee or tea.