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I felt that this was my time. I was able to really do the things I have been putting off and also relax and try to do less while achieving more.
I think that by actually relaxing and doing a bit less, I was truly connected with myself and I was able to decide, what I wanted to do and achieve at that moment, without having too much to worry about.
I often get overwhelmed by all the things I want to do, and find it hard to create a focus and structure.
I have been reading a lot of books that I borrowed in the local library (interestingly they also had a department for blind readers :-) ). Apart of couple of novels, I have read quite a few books on productivity, efficiency and getting things done.
The books I read in the Czech Republic are:
I enjoyed reading this book. Some good working principles and I feel that some of the methods that they mention will go well together with my yearly planner.
I found this book really positive, funny and down to earth with great stories and motivations to achieve things. It will be a book that I will revisit, on one of those days, when my motivation is creeping down.
I learned a bit more about the Pareto Principle and that less is sometimes more.
A little about class ‘Graphics for Everyone’:
The class was led by a printmaker, graphic artist and teacher Lenka Tichá. The class offered a bit of flexibility. We got a chance to experiment, try new things and also to do a little bit of work development.
As part of trying out different print making techniques, I had a chance to try out collagraphy, dry point and linocut. I was hoping to try the woodcut technique, however I did linocut instead. I feel that I have so much more to learn and experiment.
Here are some examples of some of my prints from the above class (I will be adding more images soon):
A little about 'Artschool':
'Artschool' (charitable organisation) runs a variety of classes and workshops for people of all ages and also runs Architecture for Children, co-working gallery, exhibitions and events. Strangely you can also live at Artschool, as they have a small room they rent out on the Artschool grounds. There is also a cool studio with big windows, currently rented out by an artist.
Brno, being the second biggest city in the Czech Republic, has quite a large population of foreigners. Karolina, the centre manager, has been working on a new website in English, that would allow people from other countries to enjoy being creative in Artschool.
I also volunteered at Artschool, it was nice to help out and meet new people and have people to talk to.
What have I been up to creatively while away, a summary (I will be adding more images in the next few days):
Very small paintings:
Collaboration with John Paul Baptiste, from www.Vtelier.com, work in progress:
Ex Libris, Linocut: