Paper = slow food for thought

So time keeps on slipping, as technology speeds it up into the future. If you want to slow down time, write a letter. Consider paper.  #amwriting #letters

Like a scarce piece of snail mail, it gets our attention. A story lies within the envelope and thus we feel compelled to spend more time with it. 

But another email augurs the birthing of threads, as it speeds up the time it was suppossed to save. 

In his book Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity (Amazon), German sociologist Hartmut Rosa writes: “We don’t have any time although we’ve gained far more than we needed before.”

So time keeps on slipping, as technology speeds it up into the future. If you want to slow down time, write a letter. Consider paper

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Cultural differences between East vs West, illustrated

In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures.
In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures.
In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures.
In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures.
In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures.
In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures.

In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures. From the way people confront a problem, deal with the boss, approach a queue, self-perceive, or talk in restaurants, it’s quite obvious that behaviors range between the two hemispheres. As they say, a picture is a thousand words.

‘Chaos always defeats order’

“Chaos always defeats order, because it is better organized.”

Terry Pratchett (see books)

art by Anna Firth

When in doubt…

  • Let your art make the rounds. Don’t hide it.
  • Don’t try to be everywhere. Pick a place and be consistent.
  • Rules are recommendations. Feel free to break them, recast, and remix them.
  • Rest when you’re underperforming. Don’t quit.
  • The muse is nonexistent. Inspiration is bunk. Habit is a bicep curl for the brain.

I hope the above helps you push through CRAP (criticism, rejection assholes, pressure). Bonus points for embracing the messy middle

Art via maorisaki

Pixel art paintings by Octavi Navarro

Pixel art paintings by Octavi Navarro
SCENE #30: ‘ANTIGUA’
Pixel art paintings by Octavi Navarro
SCENE #40: ‘THE TOMB’
Pixel art paintings by Octavi Navarro
SCENE #12: 1979
Pixel art paintings by Octavi Navarro
SCENE #22: ‘THE FLOOD’
Pixel art paintings by Octavi Navarro
SCENE #35: ‘PUMPKINS’
Pixel art paintings by Octavi Navarro
SCENE #28: ‘THE ART THIEVES’

In Pixels Huh, I’m mixing my own painting techniques with some of the restrictions of classic pixel art, resulting in very personal scenes that tell unique stories.

Octavi Navarro

Check out the amazing pixel art from Barcelona-based designer Octavi Navarro. 

Story unbridled

Make yourself not begin.

Keep postponing your creative impulses until you store up some more thinking. The forest always hides secrets.

When you keep gathering string, the variables appear endless. But the extra attending is crucial.

The unbridled story is no longer a diversion when it becomes destiny.

Once the end of the rope ceases to be a pleasurable digression, hold tight and let go.