#aprilDrawing – Summary

Trying to summarize art would be naive. Nevertheless, naiveté is what ignites our curiosity. Therefore, let me try to do my best explaining what drawing is and some keys to get you started with it 🙂

Month: April 2018

Theme: Learn to draw

Mission: Acquire drawing fundamental concepts and train the basic skills to draw from observation of daily life.

You can follow the progress of each week here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3. You can also follow daily updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the tag #aprilDrawing. Continue reading “#aprilDrawing – Summary”

Drawing – Week #3

#aprilDrawing is getting way more fun in Week #3. Learning to draw from photographs and shading are the covered areas this time.

Don’t miss the progress of April’s challenge in Week #1 and Week #2.

Drawing from photographs

Do you remember last week when I said that drawing still life was the most challenging thing that I have done?…well, I was wrong. Drawing from photographs is the new most challenging one (ha!). Continue reading “Drawing – Week #3”

Mass Production Machines

An average human is right now producing:

The point is, even if we are at rest, our default state is that one of a Mass Waste Production Machine.

What about what we produce with our minds?

Our mental production depends on what are we feeding them with, but most importantly it depends on how conscious we are about our Production Strategy – that is, our decision to produce positive or negative thoughts.

If our default human condition is to be physical and mental waste machines, the challenge resides in accepting our physical condition and taking full ownership of our mind’s production to impact positively our surroundings. More on this topic will be covered in the next post.

Keep on Producing and Learning.

 

Human Resumé

When we apply for a job, the potential employer asks how many years of expertise do we have…. and, like any human applying for his/her first job, the answer is Zero.

…. if that’s tresume-2445060_1280he answer, then what have we been doing with our lives before that moment?

The moment we leave our mom’s belly, we start adding time to our “human expertise counter”. Whether we wanted to or not, breathing was the most difficult task at hand at that moment and we succeeded (or you wouldn’t be reading this).

From that moment on, every second count. It would be foolish to say that we have no expertise in living. …Yeah, anyone can do that, right?!?!…but, does that mean that every that everyone is good at it??

That made me think if I’m making good use of my human skills and time so far. And so, I ask you: besides your “job experience”, what could you say that is your expertise area as a human?

Keep on learning…

 

 

Three Ways to Learn

Life taught me that there are three ways to learn:

  • The easy way
  • The hard way
  • The wise way

The first one – the easy way – is ephemeral. Usually, when we easily succeed on any task, we got to that point because we learned the minimum required to get there. Some will call it “The Principle of Favorability” or Beginner’s’ Luck (…it whets your appetite with the taste of success). Chances are that lessons learned this way will fade away soon.

The second way is through failure and pain. As Tony Robbins says: “When we succeed, we party. When we fail, we ponder.” But, failure does not mean a breakdown at all, it’s only a reminder that what our initial strategy didn’t work and that we need to adjust the course. So, the faster that we fail, the faster that we learn. 

The third way, or what I call “the wise way”, is learning thru the life experience of other people – let’s call them “mentors”. They are humans with ten to fifteen years of experience ahead of us in anything that we want to learn about. Sometimes they’re older, sometimes they’re younger than us. Sometimes they’re in our social circle, sometimes they’re on a different continent. Sometimes they’re gone and we learn thru their legacy.

Remember, any way is the right way as long as you Keep on Learning…

The cat didn’t have a chance

“Curiosity killed the cat” they said, but the truth is that the cat had zero chance against life.

Show me a cat that has lived forever (not even Egyptian cat goddesses made it!). So, why does the cat need to be afraid of trying out new experiences?

The fear to change, the fear of the unknown, it’s all in our minds. Not facing them or pursuing our curiosity will only create a life full of boredom, a.k.a “status quo”.

Let’s face it, we’re not going to get alive out of this adventure, therefore, why not to be curious?

Curiosity may have killed the cat, ….but at least we know that cat lived to the fullest.

Keep on learning….,