Lesson 16: Utopian Landscape

“The backyard is place of refuge and a great subject for a landscape; in the warmer months, it is the first place I retreat to after a long day of work. The backyard is also a space where a lot of activity happens, and unlike the front yard, the backyard is less formal. I spend a lot of time in my backyard sitting, reading, looking, and drawing; at times it feels like a second studio. For this painting, I wanted to document a moment between activities that suggests pause. The rugs drying on the line while the light rakes across the grass implies that silent reflection.”

Interpretation of North Shore Carpet Beaters Union – SketchBook Pro for iPad 2017

Sadly, since I moved to Jakarta the Capital City, the city of lights and sins, whatever that is, I never had a place called home with backyard and serenity. I miss the backyard madness, the conversation, the memories, the moments I left behind.

It’s pretty hard to imagine the sense of enjoying the backyard situation, therefore I took a chance to interpret the painting from Timothy Calaghan’s book: One Painting A Day. The image of North Shore Carpet Beaters Union has been recreated into different style and media, digital painting. Thank you for the inspiration and the book that make me feel excited to keep on going with my drawing project in the middle of my 9hr/5days work.

Your Opinion Doesn’t Matter

Shut It, Babe – SketcBook Pro for iPad (2017)

Have you ever met people who always be so fussy about whatever you do? Always think that their opinion is right and makes you feel unsure about what you do?

Sometimes you may hear something like: Why you seem so skinny? Oh are you gaining weight? You never post the picture with him again, are you guys done? Your style is so outdated! That blush color makes your cheeks look chubbier! You want to be an actor? Just enjoy the life you have now, don’t seek something impossible, darling. And… etc.

Wear those unmatched color outfits you like, gain weight, lose weight, get serious, or break up, be an actor/artist/musician do whatever things that suit you well. Their opinion doesn’t matter for you, you have your own choice so don’t let anybody control your decision with their opinion.

Maybe some people are just there to stop you getting on your dream, just keep telling you the impossibles before you really make it. It’s your dream, make it happen. No matter how impossible and how tough that’s gonna be, if you really know by your heart that is your purpose in life, just keep on going.

Don’t let words bring you down.

 

Mood 1.0

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Good Employee (my ass) – SketchBook Pro for iPad (2017)

When your work expect a lot from you and you feel enough but you can’t just quit because money is not coming from the fallen leaves after the wind, it’s from a monthly salary.

And nothing is free in this world… Too many bills to pay, too many needs to fulfill, too many persuasive ads to make us consume.

Unless Tesla wasn’t cornered by the capitalist, he might make free source of energy accessible by everybody…

Unless Adam Smith was never created the “The Wealth of Nations” and those economic craps…

Unless this world is advanced with humanity not mere consumerism and technology.

Unless…

we were never born in this chaotic world.

Money Matters

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Eyes on the root, your society is endangered – Sketchbook for iPad (2017)

Recently I have something in mind relating with the white collar society’s lifestyle. As one of those corporate’s labors, I know some assholes working in the company are just being assholes to fulfill their socialite-like lifestyle. You know… it’s all about the capability to afford nice cars or buy their wives luxurious bag.

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“Handmade” Wedding

This topic is out of the normal context I usually write, but I just kinda feel like talking about my #majorthrowbackmoment in October 2016.

Nowadays outdoor party is very popular among the young couple, but my husband and I already craved for this since years before it was even booming. It’s my dream wedding since I was in the college.

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Indonesian and Their Principle of Communality.

Indonesia is one of the biggest population in the world that most of them hold the principle of communality. The principle of communality makes Indonesians accustomed to care on each other, which is good but sometimes it’s just too much till it’s crossed the line. As simple as asking: “how old are you?”, “when will you get married?”, or “when will you have babies?” and so on, seem normal for Indonesians. What’s bugging me is, how they deny that questions as a mere sign of concern? Every time they just wanna do the courtesy they ask such questions to start the conversation, which for me is pretty disturbing.

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