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 Your style isĀ so outdated!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.

 

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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Perfect Soulmate

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Wedding Day (2016) – SketchBook Pro for iPad

Maybe some of my readers aren’t single and devoted, or maybe some of you aren’t single but still looking for better companion, or you are totally single and ready to mingle. Whatever your status is… no matter how big your crush towards anybody and call em perfect, you’ll never find them perfect at the end. They’re just humans and humans aren’t perfect at all.

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Mistakes

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Random quote template I made in 2010 with Paper by 53

How many mistakes have you done in your life? Countless?

It’s good to have mistakes, from the small error to a terribleĀ blunder. Mistakes make us learn to evolve, it improves us, and it changes us. People can only be improved by learning, it’s not only from school but something that can teach them outside the school.

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Susan Sontag on Love (and Sex)

 

Sontag – Paper by 53 for iPad

I wish I could be as eloquent and clever as her, she’s an idol… well for me, she is.

Is anybody ever read her works?

Among many of her brilliant essays and writings, I’ve always attracted with her writing about love and its correlation with sex. Shall both go together? Some may say yes.

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