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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Long Time No See

Again. Oh Dear. But the past few months have been a rollercoaster - although I didn't catch the Covid so far, at least despite customers all day long. But weird work hours and days left me confused & constantly tired. Now I'm slowly entering the"getting my shit together" mode again and hope it will last a little longer. Still working on the creative block ...


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Monday, January 11, 2021

a week of nothingness

Nothing really happened the past week and I had barely any motivation to sit in front of the computer. Didn't even draw a lot. And that's why I'm a little late with this blogpost. BUT.

#I started a new Bullet Journal attempt ... again. The amount of times I tried since it became a thing many years ago are starting to get ridiculous but for some reason I feel like it might actually work this time.

The difference? I'm avoiding inspiration aka all these fancy decorated BuJos out there with lists and trackers for absolutely EVERYTHING. If it works for other people and makes them happy, great. But my point is, if I try to "copy" that, it's like putting on other people's shoes and wondering why it feels uncomfortable. Because it doesn't fit.

What I'm really asking or telling myself now, is "does this take a lot of time and effort? Yes? Don't do it!" as well as "Don't do too much all at once, let it grow day by day and let it become a tailored physical extension of your brain and needs over time." If it takes too long, it's missing the whole point of the original concept of not losing ideas and thoughts and getting things done.

I actually started with notes I had all over the place like book recommendations I had on scraps of paper, in my ring planner and the "want to read" list in my kindle.

Then I thought, hey it would be great to have a monthly overview on a two-page spread with the left half for quick notes and appointments and the right half for the simplest tracker table possible. There's basically a letter for everything I want to track like BLD (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) and then I set an "x" when I did something that day. Simplest intermittent fasting tracker ever. Not app needed. What I'm also tracking are the kilometres I walked. That column has a number.

After I had two very weird dreams one night and wanted to write them down, I started a page for that.

Okay, long story short, I just wanted to share this in case it might help someone else since a lot of people seem to struggle to keep this kind of journal for a longer period of time as an actual helpful tool.

If you want to try it, keep it simple, don't give up and maybe start it on the side of your calendar as "practice" - that's what I did... and haven't touched the ring planner in a few days now.

A great inspiration was this wonderful article by the New Yorker I found during my research

as well as the official Bullet Journal Website, which is a great source with a ton of helpful tips

#Not about Floor Sleeping but I also started to "practice" napping - simply laying down at noon with my sleep mask, set a timer for only ten minutes and trying to relax the whole body. The interesting thing is, the more I do it, the faster I feel sleepy when laying down and the recovering effect really starts becoming more... effective.

Napping... really is kind of an art you can master with practice.

#Talking about Simplicity Here's one drawing I really like :-) this happened from imagination after an entire morning of figure drawing & faces practice from reference


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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Drawing, Snow and still sleeping on the Floor

#All over the Place Literally (since I've been on another 10km forest walk). This week has been weird. Not good. Not bad either, old me is almost back. Slowly but surely. The realization that (apart from other things in life) it's also technology & social media that has been holding me back and draining me so much, seems to pay off like a miracle. This whole past week felt like I got back control over my life, my household - and above all, my creativity!

I really enjoyed the days being mostly offline, only using private messages with friends while looking forward to making this blogpost.

#Still Sleeping on the Floor After a little experimenting my setup is still the folded wool blanket on hardwood floor with my down blanket and memory foam neck pillow.

Sometimes my shoulder feels weird lying on it, but not in a painful way, more like... am I becoming liquid like cats are liquid? That's probably the theory, that without a mattress, the body has to fully relax to be comfortable but it's very strange to watch it do that while still awake.

Talking of a naturally aligned body... I think I'm loosing my "Double Chin" or how I should call that non-existent jawline of my side profile. Apparently there's a thing called Posture Kyphosis, basically a hunchback from too much hunching over computer screens, smartphone, books, sketchbooks, journals... the list is endless, plus the wrong, old mattress. Story of my life. However, either the hard floor or the daily back & shoulder stretching exercises I've been doing the past two weeks (or both) seem to correct these years of hunched over lifestyle.

Something I also realized: I'm getting about eight hours of deep sleep now instead of six to seven with waking up in the middle of the night.

(Disclaimer, just in case, I'm not a doctor or medical expert, just documenting my experience, thoughts & comparing with other people's experiences on the internet)

#In the Sketchbook I finally started catching up on the Draftsmen Podcast with Stan Prokopenko and Marshall Vandruff and the latest episode (Youtube Link) is all about books. There couldn't have been a more perfect time than me being on a "Tech-Break" to be reminded, that you can practice drawing with BOOKS!

When asked about my one "Desert Island" Book I can't live without, I know mine without having to think twice. My "Frank Frazetta - Master of Fantasy Art" Artbook. It simply has everything in it, sketches, ink drawings and paintings, fantastic technique and a ton of anatomy that is a lot more fun than the average anatomy book. So I took it from the shelf, put it on the book stand and started with the first page.

The pencil drawings on the bottom are studies I did from a Tarzan Sketch in the book.

The ornaments on top are some first ideas for a fancy divider line between posts in this blog but I'm taking my time with it until that "YES, that's it!" moment.

And then... more elves! Because I love them and want to draw them more again. If you don't like them, keep scrolling XD

With these drawings I already failed at the personal pencil-only-challenge but it's okay as long as I still focus on my creative goal for 2021 - more practice & more exploring of ideas than random doodles. While I really love my doodles, they shouldn't be all I do.

#Other Random Stuff

  • Started reading the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, such a timeless story (it's over a hundred years old) and so in tune with the current mess that is my mind

  • It's called drawing, not pushing, pulling, or whatever. DRAWING! (My number one Mantra for good, relaxed lines)


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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Seclusion, Floor Sleeping and lots of drawing

#Winter Solstice & Great Conjunction I felt like I needed to spend time in nature on this very special day and left my apartment for the forest at dawn. Before I even arrived there, I was greeted by the most magical sunrise - red, pink, orange, yellow... and combined with the cool tones of the night and bright green meadows the world seemed to have all the colours of the rainbow at once.

In the forest, it was quite a weird walk. Gloomy, foggy, but with bright green moss & lichen from the rain during the night. I decided to follow a path I had walked recently (but not till the end). Which lead to the most confusing experience. While I walked & walked, at some point I saw an end in the distance and thought to myself, hey cool, next village, where am I? As I came closer, I still didn't know where I was but then that one deerstand looked very oddly identical to the one where I started the walk. I walked back and forth, very confused, then decided to take a photo and then one of the other one on my way back.

Further following the path I finally realized, I had walked such a big circle I didn't even notice it was one. The world really looks completely different when it's very foggy.

The second half was less weird but a beautiful long winter walk. Ten kilometres overall.

After I came home I set up my big 70-200mm lens & DSLR for some night sky photography but well... it stayed completely overcast :-(

Floor Sleeping

Apart from being a sensitive empath among too many toxic, stressed & egoistic people I finally realized something else: a big cause of my back issues, horrible sleep quality and maybe my overall tiredness and depression might be my fourteen year old extra soft, extra dead mattress.

But being single, poor (in terms of my financial situation) and always been very environmentally conscious plus slowly transitioning into a more minimalist life I thought to myself, okay, why not not sleep in my most beloved corner of the apartment - on the floor. I'm thirty-something, single and life is too short to not try seemingly weird, unconventional things sometimes. ##Monday As expected and as you can probably imagine, trying to fall asleep on hardwood floor (especially as a side sleeper), only cushioned by my Yoga mat and a wool blanket... was a horribly uncomfortable nightmare. What was interesting, though: Once I fell asleep, I had the longest, deepest most restful sleep in ages. ##Tuesday The second night was a little easier already, although still feeling uncomfortable until I fell asleep. But the sleep quality was incredible again! ##Wednesday I changed my setup a little bit, from Yoga Mat & Wool Blanket to Rug & Wool Blanket. A setup that felt a lot cosier and didn't feel as uncomfortable anymore. Had an incredibly restful sleep again. ##Thursday The feeling of discomfort was so minor, it was actually very relaxing to "go to bed" early, wind down and fall asleep. ##Friday Still a minor feeling of discomfort ##Saturday Ditched the (handwoven) rug that might actually be blanket after it started looking a little messed up and I care too much about it to mess it up more by sleeping on it. Now sleeping on my wool blanket on hardwood floor and with my memory foam neck pillow & down blanket. ##Sunday Actually looking forward to this following night and future ones. My back feels incredible, my sleep is deep & restful. I think this weird spontaneous experiment is my new normal now. For now. Until I decide I need a change for some reason.

I highly recommend trying it for a week or two - but if you try it, don't give up after the first or second night.

#Full Grinch Mode for the Christmas Week This was the first time I spent christmas alone. And surprisingly enjoyed it more than every christmas I spent with my family! Basically, it's been next level Me-Time, spending the days journaling, doing yoga, meditation, drawing and basically doing everything extra slow.

And the best part: avoiding people!

Like. Everyone. No Phone, no Emails (almost) no Messengers for possible christmas wishes... seriously, I don't need christmas wishes when there's no christmas.

I just miss chocolate. And cookies. Should have bought or made more of them.

#Art Months ago I already had that idea to start another experiment or challenge. What happens when I spend a whole year with a single pencil? Will it help me focus on content, style and ideas? We'll see :-)

My weapon of choice is my fanciest one, though because using it makes me very happy: My 0.5 mm Rotring 800 Mechanical Pencil


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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Auf den Wald ist immer Verlass

... wenn es darum geht, den inneren Frieden wiederherzustellen und zu erhaltenNovemberwald


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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Halloween 2020 Home Edition

Vor kurzem habe ich dieses browserbasierte Malprogramm namens Magma Studio kennengelernt, in dem man gemeinsam mit Anderen im gleichen Bild malen und zeichnen kann. Ich hätte mir gestern kein besseres Halloween für dieses Jahr vorstellen können mit meinem kleinen, feinen Künstler-Freundeskreis.

Marcel Michelle Antje und meine Wenigkeit (Instagram Links)

Happy Halloween


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Goldener Oktober

letzten Sonntag


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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Hallo, Schönheit


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

2021 kann kommen

Ja, ich bin immer so früh dran, mich für den Kalender fürs Folgejahr zu entscheiden. Bin ich zu spät, ist die große Auswahl meist schon eher eingeschränkt. Nachdem dieses Jahr, sehr höflich ausgedrückt, nervenaufreibend war, muss für nächstes Jahr wenigstens mal eine extrahübsche Basis für die Alltags- und Berufsplanung her :-)

Ich bin ja eigentlich extrem glücklich mit meinem kleinen Ringplaner, den ich immer und überall dabei habe als Kalender/TO-DO/Notizen/Adressen/Alles Sonstige/auch-sowas-wie-Briefmarken aber für Details ist er dann doch zu winzig. Der große Planer lag jetzt ein paar Jahre halbherzig genutzt herum, wofür er viel zu schade ist.

Ich freue mich schon sehr, Job, Haushalt, Kunst(projekte) und Soziales (wird sich zeigen aber gut) auf einen Blick unter einen Hut zu bringen. Und wenn alles schiefläuft, freue ich mich an dem Anblick oder streichle das Papier (es fühlt sich so gut an!!! Und nein, das ist kein seltsamer Fetisch, sondern mehr so ein Berufsgruppen-Ding. Jeder Grafiker/Buchbinder/Drucker etc. wird mich zu 100% verstehen).

Das Zitat vorne ist eines meiner Liebsten und könnte kaum perfekter sein als Planer-Motto

Wir müssen nur entscheiden, was wir mit der Zeit anfangen wollen, die uns gegeben ist. ~ Gandalf

Und hinten habe ich ein Weiteres sehr Passendes

Am Ende sind wir alle Geschichten. Mach eine gute daraus, ja? ~ der 11. Doktor (Doctor Who)


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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Guckt Mal! Meine Kunst im Schaufenster!

[Unbezahlte Werbung] Als ich diese wunderbare Cover Illustration für Gabi Rüther von In2Welten erschaffen durfte, hätte ich mir nie träumen lassen, dass meine Arbeit nicht nur auf einem gedruckten Buchcover zu sehen sein würde, sondern auch im Fenster einer Buchhandlung - und dann noch so wunderschön präsentiert! Es macht mich als Künstler, Bücherwurm und kleine-Geschäfte-Unterstützer unfassbar glücklich.

Wenn ihr in der Nähe von Münster lebt, stattet der Buchhandlung Buchfink doch mal einen Besuch ab. :-)

Buy Local!

Buchhandlung Buchfink in Münster

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Thursday, September 3, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Seerosen

2018 | Agfa Silette Vario | Agfa Vista Plus 200 | Einstellungen unbekannt weil nicht notiert 2018 | Agfa Silette Vario | Agfa Vista Plus 200 | Einstellungen unbekannt weil nicht notiert

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Vergangene Sommer Nostalgie

Ich fotografiere immer mal wieder noch gern auf Film und während sich der Aktuelle füllt, wird dann in alten Bildern geschwelgt

2018 | Agfa Silette Vario | Agfa Vista Plus 200 | Einstellungen unbekannt weil nicht notiert 2018 | Agfa Silette Vario | Agfa Vista Plus 200 | Einstellungen unbekannt weil nicht notiert :-)  2018 | Agfa Silette Vario | Agfa Vista Plus 200 | Einstellungen unbekannt weil nicht notiert

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Feenwesen

Es wurde kurz mal wieder märchenhaft im Skizzenbuch

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Steinkreis

Ich liebe Menschen, die anderen Menschen den Waldspaziergang versüßen. Danke, lieber Unbekannter!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Übung macht den Meister

Es fällt mir immer noch schwer mehr zeichnerisch als fotografisch visuelles Tagebuch zu führen aber es macht auch so viel mehr Spaß und unglaublich glücklich :D was definitiv hilft, ist die sich wiederholenden "Bausteine" separat zu üben. Vor allem Natur.

Ein wunderschöner Nachmittag vor einiger Zeit mit zwei meiner ältesten, besten Freunde im Park existiert nirgendwo real aber könnte

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Sommerranken

Sommer-Ranken

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Viel passiert gerade

und irgendwie auch Nichts.

Ein Tag geht in den Anderen über und gleichzeitig habe ich mich schon lange nicht mehr so entspannt gefühlt. Essen, schlafen und Malen. Ich habe noch nie so viel Zeit für die Kunst und mich gehabt. Wie schön wäre das doch, wenn das ganze Leben so wäre.

Habe ein neues Skizzenbuch angefangen, mal sehen wie schnell es voll wird :-)


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Monday, January 27, 2020

Herbstgarten


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Friday, January 24, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Moos


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Alter Stein


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020

hoch hinaus

die Monstera braucht dringend einen neuen Rankstab :D


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Friday, January 17, 2020

Bye bye Kommentare

Da ich gerade ein kleines Spam Problem habe, bleiben die Kommentare vorübergehend deaktiviert, bis ich eine Lösung gefunden habe :(


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