Key Chain Still Life

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After some classes in Drawing Fundamentals, I took a strong interest in observing for accuracy. It takes a good amount of effort to shut of the symbolic brain and draw what I actually see rather than what I think I see.

For example, drawing a piece of paper on a table is difficult. The reason for this being because your brain wants to make a square or rectangle, when its actual shape is some weird, angular four sided object.

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Ask the Expert: You

“Do What the Better Version of Yourself Would Do.”- together we churn, ThinkGrowProsper

I love this short quote. It is the best way to ask “What would you do?”

You will find that giving advice to others about their lives is difficult. I do not mind giving advice to my closest friends or family members because I know so much about their lives; however, I still believe that in most cases people should look within before they look outward for help. The truth is that no one knows you better than you: you have been with yourself, in every moment, since birth (literally). So when troubles come, give yourself advice. Envision what you would say to yourself, because you are your own best friend. So, don’t allow others to color your experience.

The Choice Is Yours

“People inspire you, or they drain you-pick them wisely.” -Hans F. Hansen

This statement couldn’t be more true, in that you are in control of how others affect your life. You were given full human agency to make conscious decisions on who you are and what you want to be. So I encourage you to never allow others to dull your shine, nor poison your smile with negativity. Think about the quality of those you keep closest to you because, believe it or not, it canĀ have a significant impact on the way in which you live your life.

Why Does This Matter?

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”- Aristotle

I like this quote because it speaks to the subjectivity of art. The truth is that there is not one common reality between us, because of the various connotations people place on objects, people, and locations. Meaning is a social construction which varies from person to person.

Therefore, this idea of art representing the “inward significance” rather than its “outward appearance” is sound. You will hear this argument often in art: whether art should just be pretty or make a statement. Art aims to indirectly and (most of the time) non verbally communicate and idea or feeling. Through sight and once own internalization, viewers are welcomed to come to their own conclusions, rather than fighting for one answer.

Asking “Why does this matter?” is more important than asking “What is this?”

Positivity

“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.” @thinkgrowprosper

Often, you will find that what you think or worry about comes into existence. The reason for this being that the mind is a very powerful tool. What you concentrate on will come true. So if you want to be happy and create beautiful things, do just that and rid yourself of any negative energy (even if that means negative people).