Toxic Positivity

Have you thought about this concept?

Have you been scared of spending money?

Because I have and  lots of times. I was wondering where this idea could come from so I first look for

for this in google and the article that connected the most to me was this one:

When been cheap becomes an obsession

https://www.today.com/news/when-being-cheap-becomes-obsession-wbna42276725

I wrote this draft back in December and I was surprised how this sounds like I have something wrong in me. Lately, I have been listening to "The work" At Home with Byron Katie and now I'm wondering if this is true.

Love,

Paola

Shameless self-promotion (embarrassing) lol

 

Hi cutie pies from the internet!

I just wanted to share this video that I made today and I'm so proud of.

It took me a couple of days to make it and it's very simple but I love it.

Hugs,

Paola

How to prepare myself to create a new drawing or illustration

I recently was wondering how can I prepare myself to improve my drawing process and these are the videos I found very useful:

Video 1. How to prepare for a painting

Nothing is original

I have been thinking about this lately because at this point in my path as an artist I think that I'm being heavily influence by the work of other artists, specially Frannerd and this has created discomfort in my head. 

I remember this happened to me a couple of years ago and I just couldn't continue working with my art anymore, I felt that I was just copying her and not creating something special and I felt that coming again, this scared me a lot. Have this happened to you?

This time I decided to do a little research in YouTube to see other's points of view and these are the videos that I found. Maybe you are going through the same and this could be very helpful for you:


(Video 1. Steal like an artist | Austin Kleon)

Get to know cartoon artists: Adrian Tomine and R Kikuo Johnson

I knew about these to artist thanks to covers on The New Yorker magazine which called my attention because I'm looking for different styles which inspire me and teach me how to solve different problems when drawing.

The first person I would like to share is R. Kikuo Johnson → https://www.rkikuojohnson.com

This is one of his multiple covers which you can find in his website.


Miuccia Prada "Ugly Chic"

I always saw Fashion as something frivolous and it looks like one of the most iconic Fashion Designers too and look at what he created.


Love,

Paola

In love with French

I want to learn French the way I speak English: BAD.



Love,

Paola

The book you maybe need

Maybe I need it (Byron Katie says: "I would drop the maybe" lol) too so I'll just leve it here in case you also need a reminder.

Love,

Paola

Life is Not Black and White


 


Wow this was exactly what I was looking for. Today, I discovered that life is no Black or White and I have that feeling for the longest time but I didn't look into this until today. I feel that everyone says "Life have greys too" but I didn't hear examples of those greys before. Also, I think you're completely right about more constructive discussions or at least more gentle discussions would come out of this way of understanding the world because I would deeply understand that what I think could has wrong and goods (this is so liberating). I feel like as a society we're not use to kindness towards ourselves ( the most important one) or others that's why is so hard to believe this concept (and this could be wrong and right at the same time 😂).

-Extract from my comment for this video in YouTube 


I also found this super interesting article about the effect of living in a world where we see thing as opposites and how it affects our mental health:

Unity in the world of opposites

Definitely and must read if you want to know more about what the video is referring to in a deeper way.


Finally, remember that is important to work questioning you own thinking. I do this through The Work. A very cool tool that the author of the book Loving What Is developed or found, sometimes she says it found her haha. 

Big hugs,

Paola

In love with Jenna Lyons, sincerity, kindness and openness

Lately I have been in this weird journey towards myself, started by the courage I have seen in Frannerd's Patreon account, wait a second...you know what? I would say it started with Byron Katie "Loving What Is" book which laid the foundation to allow Fran's openness, sweetness and kindness get into my heart and now this woman, Jenna Lyons.

Well well, where to start? You know I used to work in the Fashion Industry which I left because of the toxicity I felt in the work place, since then I have been looking for something different which I didn't find until recently in Frannerd's Patreon, a space where I can be myself and share what I create or think without feeling judge or made fun of. Anyways today while in the subway I saw a sign announcing the newest Jenna Lyons' show "Stylish with Jenna Lyons" which it immediately reminded me of this tall beautiful woman which style I use to love so deeply that I have to connect with her (if you don't know her, she use to work as a Creative Director for JCrew and she with Mickey Drexler basically grew the brand like never before, and like 2 years ago she left her position and went away from the cameras for a while...just saying in the gossip note), it was when my craziness started haha. I just went down the rabbit hole and found such a beautiful, sincere and kind woman that I wanted to share her with you, through all these videos that I found.


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Hourly Comic Day 2021



Hi lovely people from the interwebz,

Yesterday I had the audacity of making for the first time ever an Hourly Comic Day which was one day late because I didn't know it supposed to be on the first of every February. anyways I didn't want to let it pass and I did a very raw, fast nothing fancy comic. Let's see what happens next year 🙃 maybe I will be prepared haha.

Let me know your thoughts, Have you done it?

Paola