Saturday, April 11, 2009

Life Blog

What an interesting week it has been.
My last day at work before Easter holiday found me in hospital with what I thought was a heart attack. No kidding. I suddenly had a massive pain in my chest which doubled me over. My 1st aid officer colleagues called an ambulance and off I went to hospital.
Tests indicated, after a few hours of monitoring, that I was OK and not suffered anything serious. The cause was unknown. Freaky!

I created a 'bucket-list' last year when I found I had ITP and I've pretty much done most on that list. I don't want to die just yet but if I did I am prepared for it. My gravestone would say
'happy and lived without regret.'

So what makes me happy? In the past 24 hours I have experienced hundreds of joyful moments. But sometimes it's the simple things in life that make me smile. I guess that is what this post is about.

The image above is from down the street in Newtown, Sydney. I walk past it all the time. It makes me happy to see great street art. What else makes me happy? Lets see...


My table is 'on the boil' with a few new characters taking shape. These little guys are going to have kind of a 50's sci-fi look to them. The 'rocket' on the left has been lost in space on my table for a while but now. I think it's found it's home amongst these junk robots. I love creating. I love making weird toys. I am happy to sell them.

My orchids are doing so well at the moment. The Oncidium 'Sharry Baby' is in full flower now with over 200 sweet-smelling flowers. There are more flowers to come so I may have four months of flowers off this plant. The strawberry-like smell fills my studio. They make me happy when I see and smell them because I have cared and loved them and I am rewarded. (Just like parenting but without the backchat)


It makes me happy to learn new things, refine techniques and discover new ways to express myself.
I have spent the last two weeks drawing characters from fantasy books almost every day. I set myself a plan to draw for a least half and hour a day. Most days I did an hour. Missed one day.It was all to lead me up to working back in digital again.

My toe-in-the-digital-water was colouring a two-minute self-portrait I did in pen on graph paper I did earlier in the year. I spent two minute 'painting' this in Photoshop. Does that make it a four minute self-portrait? Either way, I'm off to do some more digital painting. Or maybe I should get back to the 3D stuff? Choices choices!

This is a drawing.

Pencil drawing after digital colouring and redrawing.

The list of what makes me happy shall have to continue at another time. I have work to do!

Until next time.

May your God(s) be with you.