After taking a six-month break, it’s nice to see that all I learned during my first year of learning has settled into my subconscious. Now, rather than worrying that a drawing will suck, I just look at my subject, study its lines, and put it down on paper. Sometimes, it does suck. But I don’t worry so much anymore.
Started drawing a couple years ago. Had always wanted to but never thought I could. I used to watch with envy as others put pen to page and re-created what they saw in front of them.
Truth was: I couldn’t draw because I never did. Wasn’t till I was willing to do it all wrong, to make mistakes and embarrass myself, that I was able to see how easily those mistakes can be corrected.
Of course, I’m no master artist. I’m an amateur at best, one who does it for the love of doing it. And what do I love most? When I draw, my mind goes mute; words are abandoned, which prohibits self-criticism.
I just look at a thing and pay close attention, noticing its lines and shapes and shadows. There’s no judgment involved, just a little love as I bring the image to life on a lined piece of paper.
According to legend, Lao Tzu, an elderly 5th-century-BC archivist, tired of the Zhou dynasty’s increasing corruption and left the empire to live a more honorable, hermetic life in the far-west mountains.
Whether this tale is true — and whether it’s true that Lao Tzu, at the behest of the last mountain sentry, gave the guard his Tao te Ching, his poetic collection of ancient Chinese wisdom — is of no importance.
No matter the myth of the Tao‘s inception — though the more charming the myth the better — what matters is the Tao itself.
And if, despite any evidence, generations have believed this tale, we might as well follow the Tao and be like water, going with the flow, waving farewell to old Lao Tzu as he wanders off toward sunset.
Kim Jong-un, per his friend Dennis Rodman, was born today, January 8, in 1983. If so, that makes Kim a Capricorn, a goat-like CEO in charge of his own one-party republic.
With three major planets in Aquarius – his Mercury, Venus and Mars – Kim must sincerely care about his caged, hermetic people. His seemingly maniacal moves must be truly altruistic, all for the good of humanity.
But his Saturn shows up in Scorpio – same as his moon – making Kim an impassioned leader, an emotional (if not too touchy) decider. He loves his friends deeply, same as he hates his orange-haired DC nemesis.
With his Jupiter, though, in Sagittarius, the goat goes centaur – having himself a blast at the transvestite basketball dance.