October 10, 2011
We are into our 2nd week of a 31 day series of The Simple Things. You can catch up on the previous 9 days here, but today is about trying new things. Trying new things is a bit like an adventure. And it can be something as big as a new career or skydiving or going from a brunette to a blonde. Which I will never do. Just in case you were wondering.
It can also be something tiny and simple.
I was at Whole Foods last night and while walking through the produce department I spied what looked like tiny little plums. Upon closer inspection I realized they were on a sort of vine, so they couldn’t be plums. Maybe they were cherry tomatoes? As I got even closer I began to realize they were ginormous grapes. Seedless, purple, gigantic grapes. I think they were called Happy Holidays grapes or something like that.
My curiosity was killing me, I really wanted to know what gigantic, seedless grapes taste like. So I weighed the risk: I didn’t need to buy a whole bag of them because you could by them per pound. I only needed a couple small stems to give a try. If I didn’t like them, I’ve only wasted about fifty cents. No brainer, I bought a few.
I got them home and tried them and the verdict is this: gigantic, seedless grapes taste exactly like regular-sized seedless grapes.
But my curiosity was squelched and it was a fun little experiment that cost me next to nothing. And these opportunities present themselves all the time if you are looking for them: a new vegetable at the farmer’s market, a new dish and a restaurant, a new color of eyeshadow, a new scent of candle, a new hand lotion, a new color of nail polish…. you get the idea.
Add a little anticipation to your day, try something new!
October 10, 2011
(disclaimer: this article sounds really hilarious if you didn’t first read the Day 3 post on simple things. It’s not a joke, someone really did make a comment about being doodling challenged. But I own it, it IS funny!)
Back on Day 3 on Doodling, someone mentioned that they didn’t know how to doodle. Do not feel embarrassed! There was a time when doodling frustrated me too because I was trying to make it look perfect. Doodling is not about perfection! It’s about exploration.
The other roadblock I used to have about doodling was that normally I do not “think” in patterns. I’m pretty basic, I am not usually drawn to pattern in my real life so I had a hard time coming up with patterns to fill in my doodles. To be honest, I got over my freehand fears when I took Christy Tomlinson’s She Art & 3 Hearts classes because she actually has a short video on doodling.
But, if you need some help to get you started, here is a great “chart” of doodle-strokes I found here. Here’s is what I would suggest:
Take a scrap of paper and draw 3 large freeform flowers, flowers so simple that it looks like a 2nd grader drew them. Then draw simple outlines around the petals, following the same original lines. Then begin to fill in and around the flowers with some of the doodle-parts you see on the chart. Just keep adding layers inside and outside until you have filled in all the major blank spaces with markings. If you have different size pens, use them intermittently. If you have colored pens you would like to use, by all means go for it.
If you don’t consider yourself and “artist” but would like to perk up your creative mind, give this exercise a try!!