Waiting Sketch

Waiting 05One more of my quick sketches. This time after a painting by Mustafa Horasan.  The facial expressions in the original are just wonderful. I am not even close but I learned something.
I just could not get decent stripes on those trousers until I used some washi tape instead of trying to paint them with acrylics, pens and inks.

The other feature I like in the original are the bold colour blocks.  Might have to have another go at this.

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Moleskine and other note books

I am back from my travels and have some time for art again. Am home now until first week in January when I am travelling to China -which I am very excited about. I am even learning to read Chinese at the moment. It is fascinating! But back to my creative pursuits:

My love for moleskine is great, but I am particular! It has to be the extra large Cahier with squared paper. I use it everyday for my to do list and notes and have finally overcome whatever it was that stopped me from using it for drawing.

My current moleskine is red notebook in the picture and as you can see it is already battered from daily use – one of the letters is missing from my cover decoration. The text is a little difficult to translate into English. In German self employed means selbst=self and ständig=always, constantly. Which ist quite interesting – isn’t it! Gotta do a lot yourself and have to do it consistently.  So it translates something like: nobody has told me about the self and always bit! It really sounds better in German 🙂

Diaries Moleskine

The green little booklet in the picture is my proto-type of something close to my heart and my work at Stahldust I wanted to get them into production for a very long time. These little hand bound notebooks are used for a very specific goal. More about that later in the week!

You should know!

Yesterdays daily diary was inspired by this list written by Pamela Redmon Satran in 1997 and she has now written a book.

By 30, you should have:

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
  8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
  9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  13. The belief that you deserve it.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:

  1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
  2. How you feel about having kids.
  3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
  4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
  5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.
  7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
  8. How to take control of your own birthday.
  9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
  10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
  13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
  14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  15. Why they say life begins at 30.

She has made so many good points, but I’d say if we get ‘the should knows’ in our mid 40’s, we have been doing really well!

Life does not begin at any round birthday, it began when I was born. I get an opportunity every day, to live it. Really live it. Money or no money, health or no health, shit hitting the fan around me – it doesn’t matter. It still is my decision every day to live it. When I decide not to, I can not blame the circumstances of my life.

More information about Pamela Redmon Satran http://www.glamour.com/magazine/2007/02/things-women-should-have-and-know-by-30