Lourenço Bustani

 Lourenço Bustani

During our flight home from Argentina, I made this quick sketch of Lourenço Bustani, who is, according to our in-flight magazine, an innovative and successful businessman from Brazil.

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Glacier Doodle

Glacier Doodle

During our travels to Buenos Aires and Patagonia, I made several doodles to pass the time. Although this one looks simple, it probably took me about two hours to make it. Jim says it looks like a maze of glaciers. After finishing it, I realized he was right, which is weird because I started it before I’d ever even seen a glacier.

Finding Inspiration: Japanese Wood Block Prints

This week, I’m planning to do one or two pen drawings that somehow mimic the style of Japanese woodblock prints. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do this, so it will be a bit experimental.

Below are several of the pieces that I find exceptionally beautiful. You can find additional pieces on the Japanese Woodblock Prints Pinterest board that I recently made.

Sarusawa Pond by Hiroshi Yoshida

Sarusawa Pond by Hiroshi Yoshida

Sparrows in the Sazanka in Snow

Sparrows in the Sazanka in Snow by Ando Hiroshige

I really love Japanese woodblock prints, but to be honest, I don’t know much about them, apart from what I read on Wikipedia tonight. Luckily, I did learn that the type of prints I like are mostly part of the ukiyo-e genre.

The name of the genre, ukiyo, means “floating world” in English and is meant to represent the need to embrace each moment and the fleeting beauty you find in it.

The Wikipedia article mentions a lovely quote from novelist Asai Ryōi that describes the concept of this floating world.

“… Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; … refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the floating world…”

It’s no wonder I’m drawn to this art form. How wonderful!

Birds and Snow-covered Peonies by Kono Bairei

Birds and Snow-covered Peonies by Kono Bairei

Kawase Hasui

By Kawase Hasui

In a Temple Yard

In a Temple Yard by Hiroshi Yoshida

A Few Doodles

BubblesThis week, I’ve made a few doodles here and there. I guess I’m used to doodling since I was doing it almost every night.

Bubbles Triangle Doodle 2  Triangle DoodleUnrelated, Clare from the blog So Many Crafts So Little Time nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger / One Lovely Blog award. Thanks so much Clare!

Here’s the badge I’ll be adding to my sidebar to commemorate my nomination. Thanks to Cristi from Bent on Better Lunches for combining the two original badges into one. Very convenient!

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The conditions of receiving this award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself.
  4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
  5. Include this set of rules.
  6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

Seven Things About Me

Here are seven entirely random things about me:

  1. I love to travel and have been t0 16 different countries. In February it will be 17 countries because my boyfriend and I are headed to Argentina!
  2. I’m allergic to cats, which is very sad because I like them.
  3. I used to have another blog called Life Less Plastic, which documented my two year experiment in giving up plastic. I got lots of attention for it, and was even on CNN!
  4. I don’t like cheesecake.
  5. I love chocolate.
  6. I’m a huge hot springs enthusiast and have been in hot springs in several different U.S. states and in a few different countries, as well. There’s something amazingly beautiful about sitting in a hot pool of water in an entirely natural setting, maybe even of the middle of some ancient forest. It’s a wonderful experience.
  7. I love baking my own bread! I think it’s magic!

Ten Nominees

Here are the ten blogs I’d like to nominate for the award:

  1. Sarah Takes Pictures – http://sarahtakespictures.com/
  2. Make and Do Girl – http://makeanddogirl.com/
  3. Thefty – http://thefty.wordpress.com/
  4. Kevein Geiger – http://kevingeiger.wordpress.com/
  5. Melange of Life – http://melangeoflife.wordpress.com/
  6. Art by Anto – http://artbyanto.com/
  7. Lady Lira – http://ladylira.com/
  8. Making Games – http://rmatey.wordpress.com/
  9. What Handsome Things – http://handsomethings.com/
  10. Black Crow White Owl – http://blackcrowwhiteowl.com/

Yay! Thanks again, Clare!

Day 358: Camper

CamperMy Dad is very hard to find gifts for, I guess because he doesn’t ever really want anything. Sometimes he needs new sweaters or a new baseball cap, but I’m not sure he really cares about getting those kinds of gifts. I’m not sure why. I love presents. Socks, scarves, books, candy bars–I don’t really care. Unlike my Dad, I just think presents are fun.

Anyways, because I really didn’t know what to get for my Dad, I decided to make him a painting. See, I made him a teeny tiny painting of a house several years ago, and he still has it hanging on the wall, so I figured a painting is a gift he might actually enjoy getting.

The little artwork I made for him this year is supposed to be our camper during a trip we took as a family many years ago to Mackinac in Michigan. We stayed at this cute little campground on the water and camped right on the beach. It was pretty.

I gave him the painting on Christmas and I think he liked it. He said something like, “Well, that doesn’t exactly look like our camper, but this must be us in Mackinac!” and then smiled brightly. It was nice.

Day 354: Torres del Paine

Torres del PaineOn Wednesday, I made this little drawing of Torres del Paine in Patagonia. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but Jim and I booked our tickets for a trip to South America in February. We’ll be spending 10 nights in Patagonia and three nights in Buenos Aires.  We’re so excited!

Jim thought it was weird that I drew these mountains since we probably won’t be seeing them when we’re in Patagonia. Instead we’ll be doing our hiking on Fitz Roy and then also doing some day trips to Perito Moreno Glacier and the Viedma Glacier. I can’t wait!