Saturday, January 31st, 2015
I really like Q&As because it makes me think about myself, who I am and what I’m doing on this earth. Thanks to Sarah Jayne I was nominated to the so called ‘Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award’. I don’t know what it is but I feel honored. You’ll get to know me a little better so why not. I happily answered all questions below.
I don’t know these lovely bloggers but I like your blogs so I’m going to nominate you:
Here are a few questions I want to forward to the nominees:
What is your favourite blog and why?
Which famous person would you choose to be friends with?
How much do you sleep?
What is your best blog post of all time?
If you describe yourself in one word what would it be?
Describe your greatest creative day. Where would you go / what would you do?
Is there an artist you can’t forget?
Link to the best recipe you have found on the Internet. Why is it so good?
If your personality is a logo what would it look like?
What was the best present you ever made someone?
If you answer all questions don’t forget to let me know. Is there anything you want to know?
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
I don’t know how you feel but the above mood board shows how I perceived January 2015. Although it didn’t snow in London I received many pictures of snow from my friends around the world. I cosied up at home more times than usual and made it super comfortable in my four walls. January wasn’t a lazy month but I didn’t feel like doing much, probably also because I was one of the people daring not to drink alcohol in the first month of the year (I succeeded till 27th January YAY!). I’m very excited about what February will bring.
How did you spend January? Would you say it looked a lot like the pictures above?
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
On Sunday, I went to the Saatchi Gallery in London. It was about to close at 6pm and I wanted to rush to the toilet because my way home would take a little longer on the tube. I’m glad that I went to the bathroom because otherwise I’d miss this great artist: Maria Rivans. I know it sounds funny that her exhibition room was right next to the loo but it probably was quite clever because most people look for the toilets at one point, don’t they?! They might get distracted on the way like me though.
Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with my toilet story and concentrate on Maria Rivans. I love her work. Although I was generally impressed with the art work at the Saatchi Gallery the collages by Maria Rivans impressed me most. The details and combination of her work is simply fascinating. I could spend hours in front of each picture and stare at the images, then at the whole collage again. I want to go back in time. Although her created worlds clearly didn’t exist they were taken from the past. Brilliant! It’s so wonderfully surreal real.
What do you think?
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
I discovered lately a few online projects all around letters and postcards. There are people leaving messages on public places to wish someone a great day or to tell them they’re awesome. There are others who want to exchange letters and postcards with strangers. Or, designers and artists who want to add some value to their customer relationships by sending an extra random drawing.
I think all of it are fantastic ideas! No doubt we live in a world where technology surrounds us, mainly to make things easier for us. I love it! And I think that’s why stepping back and doing something from the past makes it even more special. Clearly, people miss old communications. It does take some effort: (a) choosing the right card or even creating a postcard yourself, (b) thinking about what the other might want to read and writing down some lines (c) getting a postage stamp and (d) spending a bit of money sending the letter. And finally receiving a letter in your (real) letter box. A surprise! Pure joy! Do you remember that feeling?
Here are a few projects I came across in the last few weeks of surfing around the Internet.
Whilst writing this blog post I developed the huge desire to write some postcards to my friends. When was the last time you received a postcard or letter? Or better, when was the last time you sent one?
Saturday, January 24th, 2015
As you know I just started my blog. Therefore, I still have to learn a lot about how to edit photos as well as how to create inspirational images. I mainly use Photoshop to edit my photos or to create any other elements I add to my images. I’m quite satisfied with that but I can imagine not everyone who has a blog or who just wants to edit photos knows how to use Photoshop. Well, I think I have something for you. The other day I stumbled upon CANVA. I’m telling you the website is brilliant! Their blog section introduces you to many ‘how-tos’ and delivers incredible inspirations.
Here are a few topics I was interested in:
But it covers so much more. I really recommend having a look at this website. Furthermore, it offers you the possibility to create your own designs within the website. I haven’t tried it yet but, as mentioned above, it seems to be an easy alternative to Photoshop.
Maybe you want to try it and tell me if it’s useful?
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Above you can see the picture I chose for the CREATIVE BLOCK project, mentioned in my last blog post. I couldn’t wait to start alternating these images. I’m almost half way through. I don’t like all the pieces I created but it was definitely fun thinking what techniques and materials I could use. Sometimes I had a true flow and I think that’s what it’s all about. You feel a lot of energy and your mind is drifting away, building a fantasy world. I simply love it.
Below you can find a few of the outcomes. I’m still creating though. This project is for the whole month of January so I’m sure you can still start if you like the idea. Of course, there are no rules within art.
So, what do you think?
Sunday, January 18th, 2015
I start by introducing a blogger who inspired me to create this blog. Danielle Krysa’s blog The Jealous Curator showcases talented artists from all over the world. Furthermore, she wrote a book called CREATIVE BLOCK where she introduced 50 artists who give readers a task to execute at each chapter. I’m
not an artist but I do like to get inspired.
Of course, I bought her book and it excites me to read it. I love the call to actions from the artists because those projects help to keep being creative in a day to day life. I’d say being creative isn’t only limited to an artistic process, it can help you with everything. I started a project The Jealous Curator introduced readers on her blog (you can read more here). In a nutshell, Trey Speegle, an artist presented in Danielle’s book, asked you to create a black and white image or find a photograph which you then need to print 50 times. In the next step, you can alternate the images however you want to, it’s entirely up to you. I already started this project and I’ll soon share the first pieces with you in my next blog post.
It’s great to have a blog like The Jealous Curator to find out what kind of artists are out there. I’m sometimes amazed by what people create. I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite artists in the next couple of weeks as well as art techniques I just discovered myself recently.
Jump on board this project and share your projects with me!
Saturday, January 17th, 2015
So here it comes… I have to admit this is my fourth attempt to write a blog but I just can’t give up on dreaming to have my own journal, which I love to fill with interesting content every week. I haven’t given up as you can see. Why did it fail three times before then, is probably your question.
My first blog, three years ago, was in German and about social media. After a while, I was unhappy that I didn’t start it in English since I lived in an English speaking country and all my friends I wanted to share it with couldn’t read German so I decided to stop it. I also worked in social media but I actually didn’t want to continue thinking about it in my free time.
I started the second blog with a friend of mine who had the idea to write a blog about everything London. We used to go to so many networking events with free booze and interesting talks we wanted to share this experience with others. I really enjoyed it but then I got the opportunity to move to Singapore. You can probably count one plus one, the blog about London was a bit difficult to keep up when living in another city, or better another country.
Beginning of last year, I wanted to believe that ‘all good things go by three’. Singapore was a unique experience and I had the opportunity to travel a lot; something I wanted to capture in a blog. So I started a travel and lifestyle blog and it went well until I started to hate my design. I realized I signed up for WordPress.com and not WordPress.org where you can be more flexible with your blog. Of course, I could have transferred my blog but I also realized my blog was about everything and nothing. A problem I often face because I have so many interests. I just wanted to have a fresh start.
Here we are with blog number four. I put more effort in everything this time, learning from my mistakes and knowing more what I want. I think I was a little lost in the blogosphere and overwhelmed by all the great blogs out there. My own blog was never good enough. There still will be hundreds of better blogs than mine but I want to prove to myself it’s not about the others so much, it’s about how comfortable you feel with what you’re doing.
I’m happy you joined me on my new journey and I hope that ‘all good things go by four’.
If you have a similar story or want to share your thoughts please feel free to leave a comment.