Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Playing Catch-up and Fighting Zombies

Good day blogger world!

Still playing catch-up, though the fact that I have this picture up this early in the afternoon means I'm making progress.  We'll see how fast I can get yesterdays drawn up and posted....

I'm between commitments at the moment, having gone to a promising job interview and being as I am now anticipating going to a free workshop this evening.  Here, I will learn the art empty-handed self-defense against the scourge of the undead.  You read right - I'm going to an anti-zombie defense workshop :).  Here's an idea of the material we'll be learning:

There's a related twitter feed too:  https://twitter.com/zombiedefend101

So that will be my evening :).  I think I'll make this a short & sweet update so I can play a little more catch-up.  'Till next time, blogger world!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hot Cocoa on a Monday...Also, Theories About Time

Good day, blogger world!

The title of today's blog was the first thing that came to mind as something I'm doing/having right now.  As with most of my Mondays, I have most of it free to fill my time with tasks and projects.  Tomorrow I have a job interview, at a place I think I would actually like to work doing something I might actually like to do.  So wish me luck on that, if you would.

Feeling pretty good about this pictures-within-pictures project, all told.  Already thinking of ways I could do it differently, of course, but that's a thought for later.  About 352 days later.  What you're seeing here is my illustrations for the 26th.  Hopefully there won't be too many hiccups like these, but I suspect this won't be the last.  While I wasn't thinking about this when I created the line art, this image makes me think of a book I read a little while ago that changed my perspective on a lot of things.  It's called "Is There Life After Death" by Anthony Peake, and it was quite a bit different from what I was expecting.  One of the things I got out of it was a crash course in quantum physics and a lot of different theories about time.  That we should be able to remember the future the way we remember the past, that time may simply be a mechanism of our minds for interpreting the world such that it makes sense to us, that everything that has every happened is always 'happening' and always will be 'happening'.....A real interesting read.  Some of these things actually did occur to me when I started this project.  We measure time in a forward, linear fashion, with each moment followed by another, and another, disappearing as the next one takes its place - but what if one thought of it in a picture-within-picture kind of way.  As we get farther away from each moment, and the next one is revealed, what we experience in that moment just becomes part of the next, and each becomes part of the bigger picture.  So that the final picture, if there is one, is the whole of time, with everything that's ever happened all in one place.  Not completely different from how we think of time now, the only difference being that all of time is right there in one moment.   Maybe that's what one or more of these theories was getting at.  I really need to find time to do some more research.

Anyway, that's my entry for now.  I may try to get one more in today just to get up to speed.  Until then, later blogger world!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 2

Day two of the 1-year-of-nested-images-journal-project (I decided I'd like to have the pictures figure into one another - hopefully it works out).  I haven't thought of a particularly good name for it, and it may well take the entire year to think of one.  Thinking of names for things often annoys me because they seem so irrelevant to the actually things.  You can have the best idea in the world, but if there's nothing to call it, it can be very hard to put it into reality.

I'm looking up at the picture of Broccoli, Ham 'N' Cheddar Strata recipe on my milk calendar, thinking I'd love to make that up for supper some night.  Then I remember that every-present to-do list that never gets any shorter, and realize I only ever seem to find time for a few things and special cooking isn't one of them.  Seriously, I think the days have shrunk since I became an adult.  Of course, speed has never been my strength.  The only thing I seem to do with speed is drawing.  By contrast, ask me to ring up a sandwich or prep a pair of pants for hemming, and I apparently enter a time vortex.  That's how I lost 2 of the worst jobs I've ever had.  I'm just worried it could be costing me things I like in the long run.

On that note, I guess I should wrap this up.  I'll tell you about today in a picture tomorrow.  Until next time, Blogger world :)!

A New Project

(Written Fri. Jan. 25, 2013
Hello blogger world!

Starting today, I am going to attempt to make a drawing or other artistic representation of my day, each day for one year.  In the same way as some people have taken pictures of themselves or others each day for a long span of time, I hope to do the same with the images I create.  This one represents January 24th, 2013, for me.  I'm happy with this for a start :).  It is now time I think about how today went.  What happened?  What was significant?  What stands out in my mind?  What thoughts and feelings defined this day?  It won't represent every single thing that went on in my day.  Just an impression of my day.  I should really end this day, as it is about to become a new one.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

About many things.....

(Started at an earlier date)

Hello blogger world!

     Just got in from some errand running.  There were some guys canvassing for Plan Canada on my way.  I almost walked by, but I stopped to hear what one of them had to say.  He gave the charity speal as best he could, but I think it was a bit of an ordeal for him, being put on the spot like that (probably having been passed by for most of the day).  I'd have felt the same way, and honestly I might have done us both a favor by walking on by.  I haven't been in a financial position to make many charitable donations lately.  He didn't ask for any donations up front - just gave me some information.  If you're curious, here is the Plan Canada website URL he gave me:


While I generally think it's a good thing, the subject of charity brings up a lot of mixed feelings for me.  In a way I depend on it myself, as I've been earning little enough lately that I don't pay taxes :/.  NOT looking to stay that way, but I'm grateful for every break I get.  Giving coins to panhandlers on the street is a real source of mixed feelings because I never truly know where the money goes.  I don't doubt I've helped prolong somebody's drug problem, but then I may also have helped pay for somebody's baby formula.  True story, I actually had a panhandler (politely) refuse my offer of a handful of pennies.  Seems my own lack of funds has become conspicuous :S.  My own parents weren't that well off when they had me.  Mom once described how my father's aunt's donation of 20 bucks was the lucky break she needed to buy a milk pump to feed the baby (me).  Things got better over the next few years, and my childhood ended up being pretty ideal.

(Fast forward a few days)

I wasn't sure how to end that last part.  I guess I wasn't reaching a conclusion so much as sussing out a situation.  I'm still getting by, myself.  I'm listening to a song on CBC Radio 2 about this guy who walks by this guy on the street selling colourful pencils every day.  "Hey Hollywood, wanna buy a pencil?" is the refrain. I'll have to look that up sometime - it's a little  neat story/song.  "Hey Hollywood" that's the name. Billy Joe something.....Time and again I think of where I might sell my own wares.  Seems like I ought to have started doing that by now.  I've been making some residual income through Cafepress at least.

(Fast forward to present day)

I apologize for the disjointedness of this post.  As a consolation, here is my latest deviantART posting:

Ink Scratch Octopus 1 by ~Eseopia on deviantART

This is actually only half of the original drawing, mirrored.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I'm pleased with myself if anything turns out these days.  I've found it a little big harder to make art these days, or to concentrate on anything that isn't going to make me money immediately.  I spend a lot of time perusing job listings, and working on my Cafepress.  That sounds kind of bleak when I write it out, but lets not think that way, shall we?  I still manage to make art, and apply for jobs, and do the other things in life that need doing.  The keeping going is what needs doing, in the end.  If you can keep going, it's not nothing.

It is high time I wrapped this entry up.  'Till next time, world!