I first heard of the term Ikigai a while ago in passing. Ikigai? What’s that? The term roughly translates into something that gives you being. I sat down for a long while and thought hard to myself – what’s my Ikigai? What makes me want to hop out of bed every morning?
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Ever since I was young, I would associate music with lots of colours, and thought that well… Everybody did the same too. Turns out, that’s not really the case. As a passing thought, I decided to ask some of my friends if they’d ever had that experience. Most of them said no. The best way I could describe what I meant was feeling and seeing tangible colours together when music came on.
It’s been a whole month since I’ve been here blogging on this site. It’s been a whole month since I’ve posted on mellowpaints, and it’s been a long month. Have I forgotten about this passion of mine? Well, definitely not. It’s been on my mind and heart all day all the time.
Haven’t updated this blog in a while, because I haven’t had the push to write much lately. Anyway, 2018 has been a year of finding my own voice in my artwork. At the very beginning of this year, I was doing traditional paintings exclusively. I worked with a lot of acrylics and brushes.
Give and take, it probably wasn’t my best work. I was shifting further away from Impressionism. What next? I knew I wasn’t much of a realist, nor someone who did portraits, so I decided to stick to some strange in-between. Traditional painting was a whole ballpark to navigate itself. Sometimes, I felt tied down to a canvas and I was unsure, albeit my confidence in art did grow.
I haven’t been honest with my art recently. Or I suppose I haven’t created what I intended to create.
I have this tendency of turning passion into tasks, and likewise the tasks turn into a routine. There isn’t anything bad in coming up with a routine to aid your creative mind, in fact it’s actually a good thing to be consistent. Problem is, I was focused too much on the routine aspect, rather than the creation aspect.
A few months back, someone reached out to me via e-mail and enquired about painting lessons. Because I’m not formerly qualified, I shared the whole process of how I started painting! Figured that it would make a great addition to the blog, so this is the e-mail:
There are many people using social media as a tool to grow their personal brand. The term ‘personal brand’ sounds extremely self-serving, but it’s really just about establishing yourself and your own content!
Looking at someone who has really good success may come with a feeling of amazement.
Damn, they surely hit the jackpot every single time.
It’s real easy to assume that based off a number, someone found their “success” overnight. That’s usually the furthest from the truth. There are some people though who hit the jackpot (ie. Viral content, started off with a big hit) and really, nobody can tell who’s the one who’ll skyrocket straight away.