This weekend we got a first taste of the approaching fall – it rained incessantly for two days straight. What better to do than spending some time on the sofa, drinking tea, reading or watching a good movie.
When I’m lounging on the sofa I’m seldom alone these days as Elvis’ favorite spot to cuddle up is on a throw on the couch.
But I didn’t spend all my weekend hours inside. I also got myself out into the rain for a run twice. On Sunday for a 90min run which Nike Running Global Head Coach Bennett made bearable by saying the right things at the right time.
While out on the long run I saw a field mouse crossing the road in the torrential rain and once on the other side it had troubles getting onto the sidewalk so I helped it up and into the wide field away from the gushing waters pouring down the sidewalk. It quickly snuck underneath some clovers and seemed content enough.
Though the weather was quite awful to be outside in without a good umbrella, I still enjoyed the run and the feeling of badassery I carried throughout it and into the rest of the day.
Saw these guys while out running the other day. No, it’s not a kangaroo and a wolf, that’s just my artistic talent failing me. They were two gorgeous young foxes racing across the field towards the forest.
I love copying drawings and sketches as a kind of slowing down method. Copying pictures keeps me from having to think too much. It allows me to simply go ahead and let my hands do what I see. This was tonight’s doodle of a beachy landscape. The colors could be improved by using aquarelle colors but I opted for my trusty ol’ Copic markers instead.
When time and creative passion hit, things start happening.
I love to do 1 minute doodles – I start off doodling for 1 minute and then have to finish from there. It is quite remarkable how basic you can start off and still get a decent result with an little detail work like shadowing and extra inking.
The reason I like these explosive exercises is that it takes the pressure away to satisfy my perfectionism.
As a matter of fact I know that I will never be able to draw as perfectly as I would wish to so perfectionism only stifles my creativity and I absolutely need to overcome it in order to enjoy the process of creation.
The 1 minute method is how I learn to let go and improve by only focusing on the big picture for one minute. This also improves my ability to quickly sketch on the go instead of mindlessly snapping photos.
My mom is a highly talented seamstress – way more so than I’m a doodler. So no wonder she patched together two versions of a face mask made from fabric remnants in just a couple of hours (if even that).
I love the fact that the fabric sports little dragon flies 🙂
It’s not like I didn’t know anything about zentangling, meaning I could have attended the advanced course but I was interested to learn the basics, the phylosophy behind the whole zentangle movement. And it is fascinating, I’m telling you.
The three hours were well spent, even if it meant that I sounded like a failing steam-engine Sunday morning. That would most certainly have happened anyway. At least now I know that I had three memorable hours with a bunch of creative ladies who to begin with thought they were utterly talentless but as it turned out they were all amazing artists. That’s the beauty of zentangling: It takes out the stress of competing with either your own expecations or others work – each and every piece is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. See for yourselves:
I hope you all had an inspiring weekend with at least one activity that took you to that place of calm contentment that one only finds when being in the here and now, finding the flow. What’s your go to activity to find that state?
At the beginning of last week I wouldn’t have thought it possible that the week would end with so much commotion. While I pursued my usual activities – raising to a challenge (28 day plank challenge) and preparing for such (half-marathon in Austin in February 2016) – Friday was not only characterized by our office Halloween, but mostly by massive flooding and seven (as far as I’m informed) tornadoes that left a swath of destruction in and around Austin. The flood claimed at least 6 lives while the tornadoes left the usual scene of destruction (photos at the end of the report).
Fortunately, October closed on Saturday on a friendlier notion with dry and occasionally even sunny weather and a cozy evening with watching movies and carving and coloring pumpkins.
How did you celebrate Halloween?
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All photos and drawings by evozeta
HALLOWEEN UND ANDERE BEÄNGSTIGENDE DINGE
Zu Beginn der letzten Woche hätte ich nicht gedacht, dass das Ende so voll von Aufregungen sein würde. Während ich Anfang der Woche noch meinen üblichen Tätigkeiten nachging – mich Herausforderungen zu stellen (28 Tage Plank Challenge) und auf solche vorzubereiten (Halbmarathon in Austin in Februar 2016) – stand der Freitag nicht nur im Zeichen von Büro-Halloween, sondern auch von massiven Überflutungen und sieben (soweit ich weiss) Tornados die sich durch die Umgebung von Austin gefressen haben. Durch die Fluten sind mindestens sechs Menschen umgekommen, die Tornados haben das übliche Bild der Verwüstung hinterlassen (Fotos ganz am Ende des Berichtes).
Erfreulicher schloss der Oktober dann am Samstag ab mit wieder trockenem und zeitweilig gar sonnigem Wetter und einem gemütlichen Abend beim Filme gucken und Kürbis schnitzen, resp. bemalen.
After cursing my $1 kids felt tip pens for the hundredth time because the simply don’t draw the color that’s displayed on their caps I finally decided to get myself some (hopefully) decent markers. They’re not quite Copic markers but at least look a little like them and at first use I’m quite inclined to make them my new favorite toys. Of course, I will need quite some practice to get decently artistic with them but hey – that’s the fun of it, isn’t it?
Nachdem ich meine $1 Kinderfilzstifte zum hundertsten Mal verflucht habe weil sie einfach nie die Farbe widergeben, die sie auf der Kappe anzeigen, konnte ich mich doch endlich dazu überwinden, mir einige (hoffentlich) anständige Filzer zuzulegen. Es sind zwar nicht gerade Copic Marker, aber zumindest sehen sie in etwa so aus und nach einem ersten Test neige ich doch dazu, sie zu meinen neuen Lieblingsspielzeugen zu erklären. Natürlich werde ich noch viel üben müssen, um damit nur einigermassen artistische Resultate zu erzielen, aber hey – genau das ist doch der Spass dabei, nicht?