The Creative List II
As someone who plans to get into other fields of creative business in the near future, this podcast has shed a lot of light on what it takes to build, manage, and sustain a thriving business. It focuses on how risks contribute to the growth and that's something worth keeping in mind.
These articles — which pertains to the same subject but have different approaches and depths in tackling it — has been an inspirational highlight the previous week. I first heard about it when I was listening to one of the episodes of The Going Super, a fitness and nutrition podcast which focuses on the wellness and holistic benefits of being on a plant-based diet. It was truly shocking and enlightening at the same time to hear how this tactic can get you to great lengths.
While I was mindlessly looking for vegan and lifestyle-related videos on YouTube, I came across an art and illustration channel by Fran Meneses. The first video I clicked out of curiosity talked about her current favorite art supplies. She mentioned these pencils for sketching and I was immediately drawn to them. Ever since last year, I've been looking for colored pencils suitable for sketching, but most of what I tried was difficult to erase once I put them on paper — but this one is different. As expected, Prismacolor never fails to deliver good products. They're amazing to work with and builds gradients and tones smoothly, which is the primary thing I love about this brand. An added bonus is that they work perfectly with watercolors!
As someone whose beliefs are deeply ingrained in simplicity and drawn to the beauty of our nature and of our universe, this approach is something that I truly admire. Despite being a perfectionist in my work, I am a contradiction in the name of this approach when it comes to viewing the world and the mundane, imperfect things that surround us. Appreciating beauty in imperfection; in the process of nature; these things can open your mind and enlighten you in so many ways.
As it goes: "Wabi-sabi is a state of mind, a way of being. It’s the subtle art of being at peace with yourself and your surroundings."
The first time I set foot upon Hashimoto Contemporary's gallery, it was unknowingly closed and wrapping up its previous exhibition. Luckily, I asked if I could take a quick peek since I've been wanting to see the gallery for ages and it was my only chance when I visited San Francisco late last year. The lady was kind enough to grant me a few moments of the gallery to myself and I was able to witness the works of Soey Milk. I absolutely loved her piece, Narisa With Flowers (Pida). Her attention to detail and the intimacy of her works are absolutely remarkable — from the palette down to her subject, all of it is just seamlessly beautiful and dreamy. Needless to say, I was an instant fan.