Mind No Mind

Mind No Mind

Howdy!  Still drawing and painting, even thought I haven’t posted in quite some time.  Today I decide to post something that I was working on in the beginning of the year, and as I opened up Killing Jar Studio I was greeted by a notification from WordPress  wishing me a happy anniversary on one year TODAY.  What a coincidence.

I read once that another name for the mental state-of-mind that many know as “in the zone” is “mind no mind”.  It’s that state when one gets lost in their sport or activity (in this case, painting)  to the point that they lose all track of time and often block out all peripheral sounds etc.  The hours seem like seconds and a sort of tunnel vision occurs.  I’m certain many of you know the feeling.  I named this silly painting, Mind no Mind, because that was the state I was in while creating it.  It is a lot like what I sketch freely in my sketchbooks, however nothing like my public works.  Done in acrylics on Masonite board.  Note: The muscle man in the upper left corner is my husband, he’s much more handsome in life, and often appears in my drawings.

Beetle Calligraphy

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I enjoy dabbling in Calligraphy and hand lettering.  Here is a piece that I made a few years ago for my husband’s birthday.  It says Chalcosoma – a beautiful genus of beetle, which at the time husband was raising.

Here’s a quick story of how I became interested in Calligraphy and lettering:  Some years ago I was working on a sketchbook specifically dedicated to beetles.  Each beetle drawing was accompanied by it’s scientific name, which I hand lettered (as best as I could at the time).  Every day I would create a beetle illustration to post on Flickr.  A wonderful friend and neighbor of mine, Orrin (and Gayle) would critique my work.  I love a good honest critique, and always enjoyed the input.  So one day Orrin told me that if I stepped up the quality of the lettering a bit it would make the beetle illustrations all the more aesthetic. He was (and often is) right.   Orrin was about 83 at that time and I have a great deal of admiration and respect for him and his advise.  So I heeded his words and set out to improve my lettering, which soon lead me to calligraphy.  I’ve been doing it ever since, and Orrin approves.  Thank you, Orrin!

Meet Bess From Lilliput

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Bess was one of the few Lilliput lovelys who had very little desire to meet the big life in the big world.  We had to bribe her with lots of sweets just to get her here.
Meet Bess; she is very shy with everyone except her family. In fact, Bess’ family would say that she’s quite the motor-mouth. She talks to the animals and claims they talk back though nobody has ever heard this, nor do they question her. Bess never wears shoes because they keep her from feeling the ground.
Let’s make her feel welcome.