Morning Productivity

I’m happy that the first day of August started on a Monday. It gives a sense of stability and pattern to the month. It puts me at ease and acts as a kind of refresher. My plan was to wake up at 6:00am everyday this month and get something done before I set out to work. I awoke at 6:00am on Monday and then 7:20am on the two days following. Tuesday and wednesday’s sleep was nice and I had some wonderful, broken dreams, but sleeping doesn’t make art, at least not in the physical sense. Today I awoke at 6:00am, again. I’ve realised that the best way to actually stay disciplined to the alarm is to promptly get out of bed the minute you here the alert. Try to ignore the cold, or dreams, or the fact that your eyes still feel heavy and just get going. So now I’m sat here now, with my Earl Grey, feeling happy that I’m already making the most of the day. It’s already been decided that today is a blogging day, so there’s no pressure to create anything on paper just yet. Boards of Canada is filling the room and I can see the rain from my window. Looks like I’ll be wearing my mac today. 

Not long until the exhibition now. I’ve recently found out that a lot people are under the impression that this is an exhibition solely consisting of my work, but I am in fact submitting only the one drawing. I’ll post details of the dates and venue when I return from work, later today. In fact, speaking of work, in some ways my new job contributes to my artistic productivity. It enables me to have a balanced sleep pattern and there are regular times I can now set aside to get things done. Like the mornings, for example. This is my plan for the month…

6:00-6:15am Wake up, make a brew.
6:15-6:25am Check online art-related mail and social networking.
6:25-7:00am Blog/Draw/Project.
7:00-7:15am Breakfast
07:15-7:30am Wash/Dress/look… presentable(?)
7:30-8:00 More art…
8:00-8:15am – set off

Hats off to the people who spend longer than fifteen minutes getting dressed and looking fancy. The truth of the matter is that even if I spent an extra half-hour doing make-up or whatever, is that I’d probably look exactly the same anyway, as I really haven’t a clue about all that malarkey. Plus, I’d rather spend that extra thirty minutes painting and making art. If I can get through the whole of August and stick to my routine, then I’ll be okay. I’ll most likely be okay anyway, but I’ll feel better about stuff. Occasionally I wonder if my blogging is procrastination in disguise. After all, wouldn’t it be better to produce a picture? Journal writing, blogging and keeping records of daily routines is something I’ve always enjoyed, so I’m going to continue being guilt-free about the whole thing. 



March was a productive month for doodles. I got into the habit of carrying my sketchbook everywhere and it resulted in lots of page-filling. The extra day I gained after dropping my work hours has proven to have a positive outcome as well, so that was a good move. As much as I love taking the bus to work, it’s nice to have less travel time and more hours to do creative stuff.

The idea for the diary didn’t workout, though. Whenever I seemed to search for a day to look back on there was a missing entry. Turns out, that in almost every journal, March has always been the month with the least entries. It was really odd. The only conclusion I came to was that the month of March might be a bit of ‘come down’ month. January is most likely going to be filled with “hope” for the year, Februrary might still be quite exciting and you may have even added some new goals to the year, but by March a few things may have not gone to plan already and you might have started to give up on ideas or letting those New Years Resolutions slip. On the other hand, it could also mean that your life has been so exciting that you’ve simply not had the time to follow through a page-a-day of writing. Unfortunately, it’s probably more the former rather the latter.

These patterns below happened by accident. They originally began as biro-doodles, and whilst it’s how they appear to remain, it took a while to line the shaded areas and they are no longer just silly drawings to me. In fact, I actually like them very much. I was getting lazy with my sketch booklast year, so to see a completed page makes me feel quite prolific. That’s good. I think I like fig. 1 best. It reminds me of something sciencey; like little molecules of blood flowing through my veins or something like that. I might attempt more of these patterns in colour.

zara 1

Fig. 2


zara 3

Fig. 2


April is almost at an end and things seem to be panning out okay. I’ve got a few work-related plans that should change my life for the better if it all works out and I’ve got some good ideas for producing some work of exhibition standard. I need to think about getting an art CV together which is going to prove difficult seeing as I’ve not gained any academic qualifications in that field, nor have I ever had anything exhibited. I think if I put my mind to it then something positive will come out of all this nonsense.

Anyway, I’ve since created a new art page, which is bascially a mini side project for fun. It’s a space to share my limericks and loony characters… it’s a bit silly really. You can check that page out HERE.  I’m not even sure what makes a limerick great, and mine are quite childish to be honest, but I like creating the troupe, some of which are loosely based on people I know or have met at some point in my life.

Now I’m super-excited about May and I’ll be posting more artwork soon…



Why are you so bloody positive all the time?!

I suppose today’s writings are a lot about reflection. It’s sometimes difficult to keep up with regular posts (currently that of ‘Eleven Eclectic Days’), but whilst missed posts are mostly at the cause of laziness, in this case I’m happy to report that things have been far too wonderful to find time to conclude.

I’m not even sure what this blog’s about anymore. It had orginally began as my art blog, but has slowly developed into a blank internet space for my thoughts – a sporadic journal if you will. My handwritten diaries each have a name, and when it’s time to start a fresh one (which isn’t always January 1st, as I tend to complete dateless notebooks -some days are worth more than a single page, ya know?) I give the diary a name and continue to write my thoughts as if my diary were a person. Diaries are an amazing way to relieve stress and negatives thoughts. Of course, it’s always better to write the positives, especially if you plan on looking back once in a while. For me, it works.

I’m wondering… Who are you?
I’m wondering… What kind of person are you?
I’m wondering… Do you even like my blog?
I’m wondering… Do you have a blog, and would you share?
I am interested to know about you!
If you are reading this then at least we have one thing in common >Blog-reading< I like to read other peoples' blogs, too. Then again, maybe we're reading for different reasons. Most of the time, I like to read for inspiration, and other times I just like reading about how other people live and what they like doing during their lunch hour.

Somebody made me laugh recently when they remarked on how I’m always positive and happy, and asked how does nothing ever go wrong for me(?)
I mean, really? C’mon man. HA!
I’m not a fan of posting the negative. What does it really do besides promote other forms of negativity? That doesn’t mean to say you ignore problems, because they will arise at some point, but most people have their own shit to deal with and don’t really want to hear about yours anyway – unless they’re nosey and relish in your failures -Eeek! and then there’s the minority who are genuinely concerned (Yes, most people are dicks). I would say that if you’d like to be that positive person then just make it happen. Stop talking about rubbish stuff, stop wondering if you’re winning the rat race and stop this “comparing nonsense” that seems to be the focalpoint of social networking. Instead, start talking about cool stuff you did and start trying to make postive changes within your life and pick up the book you’ve been meaning to read for ten years…


Au revoir!

This post is just what the title says… I’m giving up the blog for a long while, probably forever. Infact, I’m quitting social networking altogether. Twitter, Tumblr, Bucketlist, Facebook… you name it -Goodbye! I did leave Facebook once, but I’m so undisciplined that I just joined again. Bah! Not this time. Real life is being far too great.

I had planned on writing so much in this post, but there really isn’t much to say. I’m far too excited about my new life and I feel I have become somewhat distant from the practical things I used to enjoy. I appreciate my blog stats have risen throughout the past months – thank you to all that read – but for reasons of which I can’t explain, all of that has suddenly become very unimportant in my life.

I’ve always kept a handwritten diary since the age of about 11 years old, but these days I rarely write a full-paged entry because I feel the need to update blogs and all the online pages I have created over the years. I truly think something positive will come out of this decision. I’ve already wrote in my diary so much these past few days, and it makes me feel extra-happy(!)
Of course, there’s always people who’ll say “Oh, you’ll be back“, but that’s okay, because those are the unsupportive people who’ll never leave, anyway. Right now, the only vibes I accept are positive ones.

So, adios social networking and au revoir monthly blog -It’s been groovy!