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If you’re like me, the word “lazy” is a hot button. Maybe you got called that a lot as a child. Maybe much of your adult life has been acting out against that label, to prove it wrong... or maybe that’s just me. But maybe you are like me and you heard it way too many times growing up. “Lazy, lazy, lazy.”
Then came aging and experience.
As I’ve matured I’ve come to realize that nobody is lazy. I should qualify that… nobody is lazy when it comes to something they care about. Not meeting that deadline that looms ever closer? Maybe it’s because it’s something you really don't enjoy doing. Working a job you hate? Maybe it’s because you care so deeply about what (or who) you’re working it for. Not writing that great American novel? Maybe it’s because you think you should, not because you actually want to.
Lazy is the opposite of caring. When we care, we do.
I’m an illustrator (along with all my other labels). A good friend of mine used to work in cut paper. I couldn’t imagine going through the intricate stages it took her to draw, finalize, create the papers, and cut every single little piece. For her, it was therapy. For me, even though I did the same sort of process with my digital art, it would have been excruciating. As another friend said about cross-stitching, yet another exercise I have no patience for, “When I cross-stitch, the whole world just becomes those little squares.” It was therapy.
People have told me that I’m patient, especially with my art, or my writing, or with with my students. They’ve said I am not lazy… and I relish the declaration. But it’s only true when it comes to those things, because those are things I care about. And for that, I will never have enough time and never put in enough effort, because I care about them. For somebody else, however, it would be drudgery.
But I’m lucky. I know what it is I care about - I know what I want. I'm convinced most people go through life never knowing what that is - never knowing what would truly fill their soul. Knowing what you want is, in itself, a gift to be cherished and nourished. Because knowing what you really want will drive you - you will work for it and never feel (or seldom feel) like you are working at all. It will feed you more than drain you. People will call you anything but lazy as you pursue that deep desire with the work ethic of a stubborn ox.
So, if you feel inclined to label somebody as lazy (even yourself), I’ll bet the real problem is, they (or you) haven’t figured out what it is they care about yet, what they really want - that activity that lights their creative spirit on fire. Caring motivates us. Deep caring drives us to action. And in those activities, we could never be labeled as lazy.
So if that’s a label you think might fit you, maybe it's time to reevaluate. Ask yourself, ‘What do I really care about—what do I really want.’ And be honest. You may find that whatever you’re doing is supporting those things more strongly than you originally thought. And if they’re not supporting you… then maybe it’s time to think about doing something else – something that you will have imminent patience for – something you really want and for which you would never be called lazy.
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When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
|Me at age 6 with the mural I made for my 1st grade class Christmas program.|
Their complex illustrations have been made into posters, shirts, souvenirs, and displayed in gallery exhibitions. They were founded on May 2, 1997. “We started working with pixels because we loved the idea of making pictures only for the screen. It’s the best way to get really sharp and clean looking results. Also, handling pixels is fun and you are forced to simplify and abstract things, which is a big advantage of this technique.”  eBoy is based in Berlin (Germany) and Vancouver (Canada).
Their influences come from: “Pop culture… shopping, supermarkets, TV, toy commercials, LEGO, computer games, the news, magazines…” Kai grew up with Nintendo to inspire him, the rest of the eBoys lived in East Germany where video games did not exist. Their work makes intense use of popular culture and commercial icons, and their style is presented in three-dimensional isometric illustrations filled with robots, cars, guns and girls. Now, most of their designs are printed and not used solely for computer screens, allowing images to get more complex with details.“If we don’t work on other projects at the same time it takes about six to eight weeks to finish a very detailed cityscape, three eBoy’s working on it, nearly full time. But, if we have to do it in our spare time, which happens often, it could take years to finish a picture since we can’t spend so much time on it.” Their style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide, as well as a long list of commercial clients. Their latest project are plastic Peecol toys with Kidrobot, and a line of wooden toys are to be produced under their own label.
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The third (and presumably final) teaser for LAIKA's "The Box Trolls" was released today.Add a Comment
Lucy Darling Prints is an Etsy Shop based in Scottsale Arizona. The print shop is a sister to designer Haily Meyers main store selling her cute baby sticker designs. Lucy Darling design all of their own products and print them in the USA (though they ship worldwide) and make great gifts for baby showers and are ideal for nursery decor. As seen online here at Etsy.Add a Comment
A new English-language trailer has been released for the Franco-Belgian CG-animated film "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart."Add a Comment
There is a distinctly nautical theme to the latest arrivals at Paperchase. Ahoy Matey is a new range of stationery and gifts featuring salior stripes, anchors, and flags. Look out for it in stores and online now. Also new is Marine Team a younger range featuring friendly sea creatures on a variety of products from notebooks to melamine lunchware. Ideal for summer you can seeAdd a Comment
a new take on an old favorite by NC wyeth called blind pew.
It's my fault. I started to feed them bread when I was having breakfast outside in the morning- and now...
And here are a few more new arrivals at Paperchase that were spotted in store last week. Scroll down to see my latest snaps... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
I feel like I've been hibernating for much of the winter. Why go out when it's icy cold and snowy? Especially when it's nice and cozy in the studio, and I can do what I love best– write and make art.
But, oh yeah– we DO have this thing about making cookies every time it snows. And it has snowed a LOT this winter! (I am capable of eating more cookies than a bear. Heh!)
Here is a wonderful and very thoughtful blogger's review of Bear and Bird. Enjoy!
Art from Bear and Bird, written by James Skofield, Sleeping Bear Press, March 2014.
(Below: Oatmeal-Butterscotch cookies. OH yeah!)
Deer Muse. Available at Etsy
I have a friend and customer who has bought many times from me. Most recently, she bought a print of my Deer Muse. Today, as I was packing her print to send I wondered what to add to the package to thank her for her support.
My eye fell on a tiny watercolor sketch of trees in fall foliage. I know my friend looks out into trees in her backyard, and, just like that, the notion of Itty Bitty Originals was born.
You can't buy these, but if you support my art, you might just find something similar tucked into your next package.
Here's what KL's package looks like, before I pop it in its cardboard mailer:
One of my prints, wrapped in the funny pages, with an Itty Bitty Original tucked on top. Thanks, Karen!Add a Comment