OCTOBER 2021:

CURRENTLY READING:

NON FICTION: The Wim Hof Method (Wim Hof), Tribe of Mentors (Tim Ferriss), Tiny Habits (BJ FOGG)

FICTION: State of Wonder (Ann Patchett)

SHORT TERM THINGS:

I am starting Julia Cameron’s cult classic course, The Artist’s Way, again. I have done morning pages for several years now, and have developed a solid love-hate relationship with them. However I have yet to complete the official 12 week course. I have a knack for starting strong and abandoning it after a month or so. Fingers crossed that this time is different. I’m currently on week 1, again, for the umpteenth time; wish me luck!

RECOMMENDATIONS:

PODCAST: The Tim Ferriss Show with Anne Lamott on Taming Your Inner Critic, Finding Grace, and Prayer.

Listened to this on a road trip with Clay. It led to a lot of great conversations. I want to listen to it again and and take notes.

LATEST SKETCHBOOK PAGES:

Trying to let go of the ‘perfect and pretty’ expectation and favoring exploration and mistakes instead. Loving blind contour drawing lately and the way it forces to you really ‘look’ at an object. Want to get better at drawing faster and drawing people without guides.

Drew in my sketchbook while paddle boarding one day. :)

GOOD QUOTES:

Life is long.

“A notebook is a good place to have bad ideas” – Austin Kleon

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” – Eugene DeLacroix


SEPTEMBER 2021:

Without getting too into it, the past 6 months have been brutal. I’m happy to report that I’m on the up and up, though. Finally feeling steady, motivated, and more like myself.

Here’s the nutshell version of what’s helped pull me up:

CURRENTLY READING:

This is a pretty accurate representation of my goals right now. First, the desire to get my career life back on track. And also to get my regular life back on track after the aforementioned 6 months of brutal Depression. I haven’t reserved much energy for non-fiction recently, but have slowly been working through ‘State of Wonder’ and ‘Exhalation’.

LATEST SKETCHBOOK PAGE:

Still practicing faces, and oddly enough: shoes. The sketches aren’t perfect, but I am noticing improvement every week. (I listened to The Iceman Speaks by Wim Hof while sketching this, hence the notes.)