Wanting to understand how we can be together without socialising is a huge controversial reality for all of us. "What’s your story?"is based on a cover I designed for my Sketchbook a few weeks ago.
As I spoke to loved ones in other countries, I came to the conclusion that we've been apart for several years now, but our focus on the separation has changed. We always have meaningful conversations and shared interests over the exact same topics we've always talked about. What is different now? How did our story change?
Feeling like we are further apart because of all the things going on in the world.
How is it that we can be fooled so deeply? Are we programmed to think that we are separated and alone? Maybe I have a different outlook on life and how things work or are supposed to work. There is an abundance of joy, love and well-being all around me at any given time. Is it my privilege to observe these amazing things or are other humans' focus on the bad and the ugly?
However you want to look at life and what you're experiencing, your reality can change when you stop looking at things that make you unhappy, stop doing the things that make you sad and turn your focus back to the promise of love. The best way to use and adapt these extraordinary methods is by putting all external influences like the media, television, radio, devices and junk food to bed for a while and live a little better. Stop measuring your happiness against what is out there and focus on what we have right here. We have each other, the loved ones that are far away and the people that are right here with us. We have each other and we'll always be connected.
As I draw, paint and create my artwork, I always feel connected. Connected to the Source of the talents bestowed on me and very connected to what I put out into the world. Expressing myself positively is by far a better habit than what is out there in the world.
Ode to My Story
In moments we've shared and memories made,
I can find you again.
No matter how far apart we are.
Our friendship brightens up my smile
and delivers joy to my heart.
Days like these remind me of you
and the important things we used to do.
Sharing our wisdom
and leaving the chit chat to the winds.
We will always have our memories
and shared moments of our fond friendship.
All it takes is a glimpse back in time.
Let's journey there now.
Close your eyes my friend... there we are,
see, we're sharing more memories.
- Tanya J. de Wet -
If you're interested in seeing a process video of how I created the Artist Sketchbook Cover, you can take a peak here on my YouTube video. In it, I quickly go through the steps I took to paint the cover and how I use cutouts to figure out how to see the vision through to the end.