I have finally finished my new pages and took advantage of the sunny days we had recently after all that rain and took some photographs. I will also be scanning the pages and yes, I know what you are thinking, I could have scanned and posted but what's the fun of that? I prefer pretty photos to a digital scan anyhow. Takes a bit more time and planning, but I think it's worth it in the end, don't you?
I've also decided to do something new in regards to my photos and artwork, considering I have recently had some of my work pirated. I will, going forward, be adding a copyright and credit line to my photos and art. I hate to do it, as sometimes it's just distracting - but I feel it's really necessary to protect myself and my work. I think ALL my fellow artists should do this as well. Yes it's a pain, yes it takes more time, yes it's tedious. But definitely worth protecting our work from the miscreants out there that like to steal people's work, call it there own, not give credit, and even (as it happened to me) offer it as free downloads to bring traffic to their site. Yes, this actually happened. Long story.
Enough talk about pirating! Let's talk Sketchbook Project! These are the finished pages for the sneak peeks I posted recently. I was struggling at the time with anger and resentment toward someone. Then I ran across a quote by Buddha: "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." There is so much truth in that. How many of us have done this? Held on to anger and all it does is hurt US? Well I am done with that. Not to say I will never get angry, but I refuse to hold on to my anger. All it does is breed resentment and make me miserable.
I'm not going to lie to you. Forgiving is NOT EASY. If it were, more people would do it and the world would be a better place. But I will say that it is less detrimental to your state of well-being. It is peaceful to forgive. It feels GOOD, even though it's hard to do. So try it sometime. Instead of getting angry and staying angry make peace with the person that made you angry; forgive them for the wrong they did you. They (and your soul) will thank you later. Oh and when in doubt, PRAY or meditate. I'm learning to do this to control my anger and reactions to things that make me fly off the handle. When I'm going through a really tough time then I recite Psalm 23. (Illustrated in the photo above) It helps to know that when I fall and I am at my most imperfect I am still loved and protected, and will always have someone there to catch me when I fall.