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Quote of the Day:

"Fate cast me to play the role of an ugly duckling with no promise of swanning. I have played my life as a comedy rather than the tragedy many would have made of it." ---Marie Dressler


Art News:

I'll be getting back to work today. I have a few vague ideas for paintings I want to pencil out, and I have another project to poke at. I realized earlier that I completed 5 paintings in the month of July, with another full pencil finished work. I hadn't really realized how productive I had been! I hope to repeat that performance in August.

Possibilities for August? You decide what gets worked on!




Also, a question- Would there be interest in seeing progress shots of current work? ie, see the previous day's painting endeavors? Let me know!


Current Projects:

I didn't get the art business post together yesterday that I wanted to; I keep forgetting to grab the magazine that had the information I wanted. So instead, I'd like to offer an article from Inc., regarding demographics, and how they impact small businesses. I think this information can really be applied to any endeavor that requires an audience, whether it be a blog, art, or whatever. It goes along with an article I want to write for tomorrow.

I've been reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods for the first time, and I have to say, it's really inspiring me to start walking more. Having just returned from the stunningly lovely Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, I feel a deep craving for more recreational activities spent out of doors. While we were there, we went white water rafting- marking off something on my personal 'Bucket List', and did a little wandering around Heather Meadows up on Mt Baker. I used to be a lot more active when I was younger, before health issues and a sedentary lifestyle took its toll. I am not sure how I'm going to keep myself motivated; haikujaguar is doing the most awesome Spots the Space Marine Serial for herself. I'll think of something. :)

As regards to the rest of my day... I shall spend some time painting, and I have a doctor's appointment. I have some paperwork / file organization I need to do, perhaps this evening. I need to sit down at some point and figure out menus for the next two weeks, and assemble a grocery list so we can replenish the kitchen stores. Ahh, the minutiae of daily life.


I have posted photos of our white water rafting adventure on Picasa. I'm going through now and adding captions, but you can at least see where we were. :)

Nifty things:

Sexism in Domestic Violence - This link isn't so nifty... it's actually quite horrifying. It never occured to me that men might have problems with domestic violence. Like many others, I always assumed that if it was happening, the male was the perpetrator and the woman/children the victims. This man's story was eye opening, and it reminded me a bit of roho telling me about the date rape seminar he was required to attend at his university as a freshman. The attitude taken at the seminar was essentially, "We know you're all rapists waiting to happen, so...". I've always wanted equality between the sexes, I wonder sometimes (especially now) if we're so hyper-aware of women's rights that we're inadvertantly trampling those of men.

You don't have to be the best! - Ahhh! I discovered this on a 'Declutter' blog that I enjoy, and... wow. I think Erin hits the nail squarely on the head. I have mediocre talents in many things; I sing, I play musical instruments, and I gave up these pursuits because I couldn't be the best. I have a highly competitive nature, and it bothers me not to be considered excellent at whatever I turn my hand to. At the same time, I do think it's important to recognize when we have a talent that doesn't perhaps reach to the levels of awesome that we'd like it to. We just need to learn to be happy with what we have. That's the hardest part. :)


Have a great day!

-Lydia

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haikujaguar
Aug. 6th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Heron! Heron! Heron!
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enveri
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm told we share a religious background. ;) I was the Relief Society pianist when I was younger, and man... I was awful. :D My mother still laments that I've let music become pure recreation and focused on visual arts. :)
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enveri
Aug. 7th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
I was never good enough to be the ward pianist. I started piano lessons around age 7, picked up the flute in 5th grade, and sang every opportunity I got. :)

I'm not active anymore (long boring story), but it's always nice seeing other people around with the same values and background I still hold very dear. ;)
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tuftears
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
I like Plumblossom but Feren as Gordon is too funny. Arrr, decisions!
arphalia
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Seems to be a lot of gender talk on my f-list over the last week. I'm with you, all about equality. People will argue that either a man can't do BLAH and a woman can't do BLAH, so its impossible to ever be truly "equal". Its obvious there will be some things that the majority of each can't do as well and that each have different sets of social issues to cope with. We are different. Its not a bad thing.

I'm all for equality of importance. I've seen the best, and worst, of both genders, enough to know that there is no assumption safe to bet on.

PS - I like that you've been posting more these days. Sorry I got all hung up on this subject in particular this morning. I is tired and haven't gone to bed yet and had just gotten done responding to another gender-related topic so it was on my brain. x_x
enveri
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
It's quite okay! I appreciate your input! :) I think gender's been on everyone's minds alot lately- at least, a perusal of blogs and news sites have had a lot of gender-related issues in the past few weeks. :)

Go sleep! ;)
synnabar
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oooo, I like all the sketches! I love the heron, I love the freckles on the centaur and how can I not love a picture with a black panther? :)

I agree with you about equality for the sexes. That was an enlightening article, thanks!

I also really liked the article about not having to be the best. I am not a competitive person, but I am a perfectionist with myself (not just with art), and it's a good reminder to relax and not worry so much. :D Thanks!
enveri
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
The 'Being the Best' article really resonated with me, as it's something I struggle with every day. 'Oh I hate this, why am I even doing this?' because it doesn't fit my ideal.

And hee. It looks like I'll be working on the Heron. :D
paka
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Heron, definitely. It's the most atypical.

It never occured to me that men might have problems with domestic violence

The person who used to beat me as a kid, with a yardstick and gave up shortly after it broke on my neck, wasn't male. And there are other things out there, y'know?

I think we are at this weird spot with gender equality. We're not at real equality, where women really do get equal salaries and consideration as competent, and where it's okay for guys not to fit several standards of gender behavior; but we no longer have the compensating mechanisms of traditional and downright toxic gender standards. Maybe in a decade or so we'll be at real equality, and it's probably going to be an uncomfortable ride for a bit longer.
enveri
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure we'll ever truly reach equality. We have to be willing to make adjustments, and I have a hard time seeing the minority group as a whole being willing to compromise.

I do hope that some day everyone will be treated with the respect they deserve, and have opportunities based on merit rather than race or gender....but I don't forsee that happening for a looong time.
zilvar
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
plum blossom.
enveri
Aug. 6th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
>.> <.< She's my favorite too.
wyld_dandelyon
Aug. 6th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
The happy girl with the butterflies. I just love the expression on her face.

As to not having to be the best, so true. But giving up on a talent means you guarantee that you won't get better at it. We all fell many times before we walked, after all. But of course, time is an issue--there isn't time to get good at everything. (-:
enveri
Aug. 6th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I think that's a very difficult balance to strike- Recognizing that perhaps you'll never be olympic quality at something...but working at it anyway, and being happy with your progress. :)
wyld_dandelyon
Aug. 7th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
I think something in the back of my head thinks everything should be seasonal; I get deep into music, or writing, or painting for a while, and then deep into another one. (-:

If you're doing it for the joy of doing, then you can also celebrate each time you get better without having to compare yourself to Michael Phelps!
wyld_dandelyon
Aug. 7th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I meant to say I like seeing things in process.
enveri
Aug. 7th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
If not seasonal, definitely cyclic, yes. :)
sealgair
Aug. 6th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
here via haikujaguar's' twitter - I wanna see the Heron finished!
enveri
Aug. 6th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Welcome, and thank you! :D
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