Mid-Month Roundup | Rambles and Reflections
So I have been feeling pretty displaced this October, I was going to do a September’s Look & Listen list this month, but I quickly realized that I really didn’t consume any media that stood out to me or that differed from my usual monthly rewatch of Pride and Prejudice, binging Bob’s Burgers and listening to the same albums that I did in August. I have recently found that I am drawn to the familiar these days. It’s relaxing for me to watch something I’ve seen 100 times then to adventure out of my comfort zone and put my time and faith into something I’ve never seen before. Is anyone else like that? Maybe it’s the situations we are going through at the moment that make us cling to comfort, to the feeling of being surrounded by familiarity.
That being said I have been doing things that have been out of my comfort zone, I decided to take on the Drawtober challenge this month and made my own prompt list to draw from everyday. I have tried many times to take on a daily drawing challenge and I always managed to do 2 days and then give up entirely. I think the difference from all those times is the fact that I made my own list with my feelings in mind. I know what I am comfortable with, I know what I am like and I know what works for me! The prompts are simple and I am doing them digitally which makes me feel way more at ease than if I was attempting to draw everything in a traditional medium that I am unfamiliar with. I also set up a schedule where I draw a lump of drawings all at once and then post them on the designated days. Which is such a relief from taking the time out of each day to quickly hodgepodge something together. This way I have planned and set up my files and ideas and have them ready to go! It feels good, like I am doing something I’ve always wanted to do and the response has been SO positive which makes me even happier.
(You can check out my progress so far on my Instagram here)
I have also been feeling particularly excited about launching my online shop and taking a step forward towards the future I am fervently sculpting. I have prints and stickers that I have been working on and will be releasing to the world this week and I am already planning more products for the future, it’s really all I can think about these days! I have to remember though to form a routine and give my brain a break when it’s quittin’ time. I found that last month, I was working right up until I went to bed and my exhaustion was starting to manifest physically from being on the computer for 12+ hours a day. I do not recommend this! Now when it’s 5pm I get off of the computer and make dinner and sit down in the living room, separating myself from my work desk entirely. It feels more restful which is reassuring that it’s working!
In my downtime I have also been experimenting with traditional mediums more and dedicating a time out of my week just for play and not worrying at all about what I am making and just having fun with it. I splurged on some really nice Rohrer & Klingner inks from Heikala’s webstore and I am soooooo happy that I did. The quality of the inks are outstanding and the colours are so bright, I have been itching to paint with them some more! Heikala’s packaging was also such a lovely touch when I received these inks. I love her work so much.
Anyways, I think that just about covers it in terms of my mid-October round up. If you've made it this far in my little ramble rant, I applaud you! Thanks for sticking around and caring enough to read all of this! Don't forget to take care of yourself and happy Wednesday!
xo, Chloe Christine