I haven’t written here in awhile. It turns out that trying to learn something new while starting a graduate program isn’t an efficient use of my time, but I definitely plan to go back to learning about beauty. …in a year. lol.

I loved learning about the aspects of art and beauty, and definitely feel a calling to go back to it, but it will have to wait one more year until I have the capacity to think freely.

In the meantime, I’ve got a new journey to go on: weight loss. It’s not just about the weight, even though…

The More You Know

Art is not what you see. It is what you make others see. — Vincent Van Gogh

So I recently came upon a video that helped me clarify the elements of art versus design, and what someone should look for.

The 7 elements of art that I have unknowingly been researching are:

cue: the more you know gif/theme song/eye roll

It’s easy to have a lot of grace with myself at this point because it really is about what I didn’t know. How would I know search for “the elements of design” without actually knowing something like that existed.

So this is a reminder about grace for us all. …

What’s Smaller Than A Shape?

Every single line means something. — Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Answer: A line.

When I started researching this, I really didn’t think the details could this broken down. But with most things in 2020, the universe responds with, “But wait! There’s more!”

Design Dojo defines a line as, “The path of a moving point through space.” Depending on how you interpret that line (pun intended), a line becomes more clear or less clear.

Our friend Google defines a line as:

a long, narrow mark or path a length of cord, rope, wire or other material serving a particular purpose

All of these definitions are true and meh to me…

What Shape Should This Take?

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. — Confucius

After almost a week of color coordination, I’ve decided that it’s time to discuss shape. I trust that colors, shapes and any other element of beauty has an endless amount of learning available, and I will gladly let the more passionate and knowledgeable handle that realm of things.

Shapes were a little bit harder to search for, surprisingly, due to their use in a variety of education settings. Luckily, the internet is a bottomless pit and if you dig far enough you always strike gold.

Take, for example, this short and sweet video by Design Dojo. They have short and…

Ways To Talk About Beauty

I’ve got to be honest, I never would have imagined how many ways there were to speak about color. It makes sense, given that when you speak about topics scientifically there are always more words and ways to define things than the average person uses. But still, hue means color? Value is defined by light or dark, not high and low? The color wheel that I was taught is a lie?

So today, in an attempt to consolidate the new language for myself, I’ve created a list of words I’ve learned in understanding beauty:

chroma: another name for saturation or…

Yesterday I mentioned that I didn’t fully understand value when it comes to color, so today I took a deep dive on what it means to find value in colors.

I felt pretty silly by the third video of the day when a simple Google search defined value as, “ as the relative lightness or darkness of a color. It is an important tool for the designer/artist, in the way that it defines form and creates spatial illusions. Contrast of value separates objects in space, while gradation of value suggests mass and contour of a contiguous surface.”

Although it’s still…

In order to dive deeply into beauty, I’m starting with the basics. In a simple Google search one of the first videos that caught my eye was this video from BlenderGuru on understanding color.

While I lean toward the belief that creating beauty necessitates a certain amount of freedom, I do need to admit that most art masters arrive at a similar understanding of how to use color to their advantage. …

Day 1 of the creating beauty challenge: a bowl that I have always loved on a table that I have always loved. Learning about contrast.

Today, my Co-Star app said, “Live out your own most secret wishes.” And you know what? Challenge accepted.

This morning during my luxury hour it struck me how much I love contributing to creating beauty. It’s not about the final product. It’s not about being surrounded by beautiful things. It’s about creating the beauty. Don’t get me wrong, the goal is eventually to make money off of creating beauty.

But to be honest, I’ve been running from creating beauty my entire life.

I didn’t even recognize my desperate escape attempt until a manager made a comment about my attitude at…

It’s there.

In the quiet and cold. Because you thought it was outside, and yet it all turns in.

Inward. Breathing in the cold air makes you realize that you are filled with something more. Something different.

Something alive.

But you have been living outside.

Leaving behind that which holds you close and dear.

Tenderly begging for you to come back home.

Words spill out because you can’t stop seeking ways to overindulge and avoid the pain.

And so you choose to feast, fight, love and process outside. All the time.

And inside, it’s alone and cold.

Photo by Laura-Marie on Unsplash

A belief in fullness.

Yesterday I couldn’t stop eating. It was a hunger that came from deep in my belly and while occasionally I would feel “satisfied” and take a break, the hunger came back quickly and the eating would start again.

What about thirst? That was there too. I drank over 100 oz of water yesterday, and the hunger was still there.

So today in yoga my intention for myself and the world was fullness.

I believe in fullness. In feeling full. In the fullness of life. In the abundant fullness which means I never have to hunger.


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