Archive for January, 2013

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Sunday evening art: Say Geese

January 21, 2013

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Alright, so far with my attempts, as soon as I finish painting, I invariably hate it. In the case of the one above, I was actually delighted. I felt exhilarated. Partly at having finished a painting that late (I started nearly 6pm, did two tonal sketches, then skyped with sis, then went out, got home at 9pm and went straight to the room and started painting) Delighted partly at the final result.

How often does it happen that I actually like what I paint as soon as I’m done with it?

Never.

So, it followed naturally, that this morning I woke up – and all I could see were the FLAWS. (They’re still all there gaping at me.)

Oh well.

But I’m still pretty thrilled. That I got down to it and finished it last night. That it looks decent if I squint and look at it from a afar (no really)

I dread the day I’ll look at something I’ve finished it, love it, and still think it’s pretty awesome the next morning. And the next, and the next.

So as long as I keep hating at least parts of whatever I paint, I’m okay.

Currently reading: 
Michael Pollan's In defense of food. (Just finished The Man Within. Liked)
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The Groaning Shelf (and other instances of book love)

January 4, 2013

One of those days when you end up being late for work because, you know, you’re trying to finish a book. Should be the only permissible reason to be late to work, if you ask me.

I finished reading Pradeep Sebastian’s The Groaning Shelf (and other instances of book love) and I loved it. It’s a book about books.

The first half was a tad slow (or so it seemed to me) but the second half was lovely. Towards the second half I decided I’d slow down my reading speed and savour every bit of it. And I did.

Was interesting to read about First editions and fine books. And Sebastian sounds like such a nice man. I think this will prompt me to read more books about books as well.

It would’ve been better had I been familiar with more authors and books that crop up in the book, then again, it’s a good way to discover new authors. Or authors that I’ve always seen on bookshelves but haven’t ventured to read.

This has given me the idea to try out new authors this year. Fewer Murakami books and more by unread authors.

So, the next book I’m reading is The Man Within by Graham Greene – an author I’ve read about, but whose books I haven’t.

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experiment [grow]

January 4, 2013

What did you do in 2012 that you had never done before? Will you do it again?

From here

2012 has been a year of many firsts. Or this probably the first time I’ve given this question thought at the end of the year. There’s a first. And I’ll surely do this again end of next year.

– took an online course. It was great despite the fact that the course did not live up to expectations. Self-discovery. The last time I stayed up until 1 am working on an assignment that was pure fun was well, almost never. I realised that I, who normally nod off by 10.30 have the enthusiasm to stay up and do something if it’s fun. Even if no one expects me to. Also, I’m quite dedicated to deadlines and assignment submissions, yay 🙂 Will do it again.

– took a watercolour painting course. What fun it was. Absolutely doing this again sometime. Take a course, learn something and get better at it.

– smart gadgets. Typing this on the ipad. Need I say more?

– took a solo trip. Had fun. Must do this often.

– learned to ride a bike. Learned to drive. Not quite there with either but I’m getting a hang of it. I think. More importantly, I got behind the wheel for the first time in my life, at the ripe old age of 31. Partly scary, still waiting for the part it’s supposed to be fun 😉

– baked pizza from scratch

– made some kickass plum cake

When was the last time you did something for the first time? 🙂

(Posting a slightly old draft. It’s ridiculous, for a rarely posted blog, this one is accumulating half-done drafts too.)