Day 12/31 – Then and Now

October 14, 2016

The Crow Illustration by Victoria Elena

This is an installment of a daily project I’m launching for the month of October. I’ll create work revolving around the theme of identity and regrowth and I’ll update my blog with behind the scenes content, process, and finished artwork. Click through to read more. Catch up on the ongoing narrative here.

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Today I wanted to compare a bird drawing I did a few weeks ago to a drawing I did a few years ago.

I don’t feel like I’ve picked up a pencil and really focused on art since I was a kid. The idea that I’ve improved at all is kind of crazy to me. What I’ve most learned from my art is that you need to focus and be patient. You need to study the subject and really feel the shapes. You need to double check each line compared to each previously drawn line. And you need to be still with your drawing and let it come. Sometimes, it fights you and you don’t get it right. You need to have the courage to start again, and in some cases, you need to have the courage to walk away and begin something new.

I don’t always have the patience for art, but I’m trying my best. One day at a time.

 Bird Drawings by Victoria Elena

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Daily Tarot

The Hanged Man Tarot Card Photography by Victoria Elena

Today’s Tarot card is the Hanged Man – another one of my favorites. He represents a willingness to learn and to be enlightened through sacrifice. Though he hangs by his foot from a tree, he remains calm and composed. This is the path that he has chosen. This is the path that will bring him knowledge. In life, this card asks you to evaluate where you are on your path and to be honest with yourself. Are you achieving your goals? Is there something you can do that would help you move forward? Sometimes, this card means that you’re ready for that change. Other times, it points to the reader needing to be brave in the face of change and to be still with yourself. Listen to yourself. Take a moment to indulge in stillness before taking the steps necessary to move forward.

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