Posted in Music I Like, Observations

Things You Might Like

These are things I’ve liked a lot recently:

Novel Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.

Blog post by Brandon Knoll about colouring our own lives.

Illustration of a ‘black cat on black furniture‘ by Felicia Chiao on Tumblr.

Bear illustration by Little Oil on Tumblr.

British sitcom Upstart Crow.

Interview with Dr Judith Curry about climate change.

Is the EU serious about coming to a deal? David Robertson raises some concerns.

Song on a CD bought from a charity shop recently: Why Does It Always Rain on Me? (Travis). Even before I figured out the culprit, it was in my head all the time. 😀

Another song: One Last Chance (James Morrison). I’ve had it a while, but only just started paying it attention.

Last but not least… from personal experience I would say there’s a great deal of truth in this article… I wish I’d read it when I was 16. 🙂

Posted in Art, Blogging, Computer Graphics, Lost in Thought

Sea Change

What’s strange is how you change your mind about something you’ve written or painted… not just once, but two or three times. You create it, and either think it’s wonderful or it’s nice enough, and then you come back to it after tea and suddenly it looks horrible. You consider deleting it, but caution gets the better of you and you leave it alone. After another fortnight or month of living with it, you decide actually you like it best of anything else you’ve done recently, and enter it for a competition or a carnival.

After all that, I tend to feel that even if I’ve ended up liking it, it’s probably not all that great, but then again, other people will come along and say it’s their favourite too.

So confusing, but it’s one vacillating reason why I feel that nothing we do or see is 100% true. If it was, we would know a good thing the minute we saw it, and not hum and haw for weeks. We would like or dislike the same things. Furthermore, what comes from the heart can end up looking cheap and shoddy, often enough because so many others have followed a similar path. Familiarity breeds contempt… as does thinking we understand where someone else was coming from, and that it’s nothing new or fresh – looking back and down from our relative vantage points of maturity and experience.

But it IS all relative, isn’t it?

Being impressed by something somebody else fails to rate is often an indication of how far we have come – “yes, been there, done that…” and something looks good to us because it’s better than our previous achievements. It might not impress others, or yourself further along the line, and sometimes we fall into the same traps we saw other people fall into and meant to avoid… just because we got there ourselves and those traps were grinning wide with welcome. One way or another, achievement and failure (two sides of one coin) are merely a point of progress or a state of mind.