Tips: Getting start with art journaling

Am not the artistic one in my family and just like anyone who starts a new hobby, they are going to suck at it at first. That just the way it is.  I’ve been drawing now for two years and within that time frame I’ve add watercolors and even started journaling.  For most of us it hard to know how to start off or from keeping our self from not getting discourage that our artistic abilities suck.  Let me give you a few tips that can help you along your journey.

First tip, start off simple and keep it basic. Don’t go challenging yourself to do something that is beyond your skill level.  That will only discourage you.  If you must, look up tutorials online on how to draw or paint something.  I do that a lot just to see if there an easier why to draw things.

Second tip, you are going to make mistakes, but those mistake will help you get better.

Third tip, it okay if you want to try other things.  I first started off drawing, but felt I just need to try something new, so I did watercoloring. Now I go back and forth, drawing one day and then watercoloring another or both. That one thing I like about art, there are so many different area you can experiment with.

Fourth tip, practice, practice. As they say practice make perfect. That one of the most important thing I want to stress the most. You must practice if you want to get better. I try to at least draw something every day.  You can participate in one of those online challenge where they suggest different prompts for a month to draw or paint.

Fifth tip, if at some point you get discourage, take a deep breath and walk away from what you are doing.  Take a day or two off if needed.  Learning any new skill can be discouraging if we feel we are not improving or not seeing the results we want.  Once you feel you have recovered, resume what you were doing or discard, and try something else.

I don’t consider myself a great artist nor do I think my art work is top-level, but do know that every day I see improvement. A lot of these basic tips you can apply to other areas outside of art.  Maybe learning how to swim or dance. You have to start off simple and keep it basic.  Then as you learn from your mistake you will get better and see improvement, not making those same mistake again. But to get better you must practice and practice in order to challenge yourself to do something with much more difficulty.

Don’t forget, have fun with it.

Job interview gone wrong but never happened

About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job position with a company called Visionworks.  They are a company that sell eye-wear.  Not my first time applying there, but my first time applying for a retail position.  Wasn’t really expecting a response because I thought I have no background when it comes to eye-wear except my personal experience of buying glasses.  Four days later, I got a phone for an interview at one of their retail stores.  I was schedule to interview within a week of that phone call, which was Thursday March 16, 2017.  I called the day before just to make sure I was schedule and all that good stuff.  Didn’t want to show up and then be told I was never schedule or there be a miscommunication.

So that day came for my job interview. Decided to wear different color dress shirt because I usually prefer my blue dress shirt.  Since most of my previous job interviews resulted with no positive outcome, I thought it was time to change it up a little.  I arrived at the place 10 to 15 minutes early and told the employee I was there for an interview at 11am.  All the employees were busy with clients, but they said, “just take a sit and I someone will be with you shortly.”  So I sat and patiently waited. Awhile I waited to be called for my interview, I observed what was going on.  People were coming in and out, getting their glasses and looking for new frame.  Another employee walks in and within a few minutes she introduce her self as the assist manager and says she will be conducting the interview after she done with this client. Great! right? Well from my previous conversation with the employee who setup my interview, mentioned that I was interviewing with a guy name Bert. In my mind I figure something wasn’t right. A couple of minutes have passed and she finished with assisting a client.  Now I was ready to get this interview started, but she decided to turn her attention to the next client.  I said to my self, I give it a few more minutes.  I look at my phone and I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes.  I said to myself, “this isn’t right.”  Waiting 45 minutes to have an interview. I walked up to the desk where the assist manager who said she will be doing the interview and said, “I’ve been waiting here 45 minutes for my interview, what the hold up?”  With an attitude she said, “the person who was supposed to do the interview had a emergency.”  My response and reaction now you are telling me this.  She replied, “stuff happen and it out of my control and I just got here.”  I understand that, but shouldn’t you tell the person who waiting that there a delay.  If you know this person has an emergency, maybe suggest that we reschedule, not knowing when this person will show or not show at all. I could have been the for an hour and they not mention one word about this.

Talk about not being professional and tell someone who has taken the time to come here because they want this job and not tell them there going to be a delay.  It would have only taken a minute for her or any of the employees who knew about this to walk up to me and just say something.  Well I went head and left, deciding I will not reschedule, but to call their corporate headquarters and tell them about this unprofessional circumstance.  I was able to speak with someone and told them what happen.  Don’t know if they will take any action even though they said they will.

Job Interview Questions

I had my first job interview for 2017 at the beginning of the month of March.  It was an interview for a position at one of the digital libraries.  It was a job that I applied to because I felt confident this is a position within in my skill set and am comfortable working with technology.  Like with any position that I apply for, I make sure I read the job description and duties.  Don’t want to be caught off guard if there something that I might not be able to do such as traveling to different locations.  I don’t have a car and if a car a required I don’t apply for the position.

So I had my interview in the the afternoon.  Didn’t do my usually routine of going to the gym.  I wanted to be focus and be in that positive mood.  I arrive at the digital library on time and waited to be call in.  Like most interviews I’ve had in the past, two people were conducting the interview, the manager and a assistant manager.  I introduce myself, shake hand with the manger and assistant manager and then they beginning asking their questions.  Tell me a little about yourself? Question about my skills set in using pc and mac which am comfortable with. My experience using HTML and CSS.  Then they ask me to question that caught me off guard because,one they weren’t mention in the job duties.  One of those question was having to work at a another location for half a shift and then coming back to this site to work the other half.  I don’t have car, but I could still work a whole shift at the other sites if am told ahead of time.  The next question I totally didn’t know how to respond to, would I be comfortable reading to kids.  I was not ready for that cause it wasn’t mention on the job description or duties. I know library have their days when someone read to kids, but I thought they usually have someone specific for that task. Not just random people.  The only way I could responded to that question was am open to trying it.  The more we went into the interview, I felt like these question were more for a day care/school position.  The next question that came up was that everyone who work at the digital library teaches a class about something. I didn’t know what to say except that I would teach a photography class since that one of hobbies.  I know it wasn’t a good answer, but again this wasn’t in the job description or duties.  When I applied for the position I felt I was applying for a position where I would assist people needing help using the computers or tablets.  Answering question they had, like what program to use to type a paper, downloading a digital book or browsing the web.

At the end I want to stay positive that I could still get the position, but two-day later I get an email from the manager that they decided to go with someone else.  The more I go through these job interview that I thinking something is not right.  Is my personality just horrible, am I giving off a negative vibe when answering some of these questions, maybe my response is not great to get their attention.

2nd Book of 2017: Devil’s Cold Dish

My 2nd book of the New Year is Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns.  This is the second26114399 book that I’ve read by Eleanor.  The other book is Death in Salem which you should read before reading this one.  I will tell you her book has me glued to continue reading.  In Devil’s Cold Dish Will Rees and his wife have return home from Salem.  Rees sister has been visiting, trying to convince him and his wife to alone her husband, her children and herself to say with them. Rees and Lydia refuse to allow them to say, but willing to help her so her children don’t starve.  Rees learns that there a murder in town and is asked to assist, but later ask to withdraw from the case because of a conflict he had with the murder victim.  Rumors being to surface the Rees’s wife Lydia is a witch and is physically attack.  She is also accused of a 2nd murder that happen in town.  Rees angry and eagered to solve this case and stop these rumors about his wife. Unable to leave his house and his family because fear for their safety. Can he solve this case with the majority of the Dugard town against him?

Daily Prompt: Resist

Resist

I thought that when the Presidential Election were over and there was no doubt that the candidate won the electoral college, everything would transition back to normal or at least close to it.  People would move on with their daily lives, news would just be news, no more trying to campaign that candidate X is the wrong person for the job.

Well that didn’t happen and now people are resisting that President Trump is now the President of United States.  Since his inauguration on January 20, 2017 there have been protest after protest, people acting like teenagers and throwing a fit because they can’t believe that Trump is President.  Protest that their political agenda is the right course for the country and anyone who against and/or side with President Trump is racism, stupied, don’t know what they are talk about and much more.  These people who organized the women march and said all women are welcome to participate.  Well if you side for Trump you weren’t welcome. I believe if you were pro-life, you were not welcome.

I don’t understand why these people think it okay to resist when they don’t get what they want.  They had their opportunity to choose the candidate they want as President, but didn’t show up in the voting booth when it matter.  You know, life is tough and no matter how much  you resist, life will never go the way you want, no matter how hard you resist it. I believe that what these people have a hard time understanding. Life isn’t fair. You will not always get what you want. They don’t take a moment to look at the real world we live, to think for themselves and not let the brain washing media do the thinking for them.

Daily Prompt: Filter

Filter

The last few days I’ve be overwhelm with the amount of news coverage of the Presidential inauguration,the nasty women protest, people expressing their opinion on why they hate or love Trump on social media.  It seems that no matter what filters you try to put up to block the cycle of news it just not enough.  You would think maybe if I switch to sports there would be no talk of politics or issues related to it, but then I see an article about San Antonio Spurs Coach Grep Popovich giving his opinion about Trump.  It like, wait a second here, I thought this was the sport section.
With the internet at our finger tips, have we lost our option to filter out things we don’t want to hear and see?  Has the news media decided to drop their filters on what important news to report to the American people and people around the world? Am not talking about censorship, am talking about using common sense to decide if a something is news worthy. Am talking about what are the issues that are important. Reporting and comparing crowd sizes is not new worthy.  It seem that the media is the tip of the spear for feeding a lot a of hate and keeps on feeding it instead of changing the tone.  The media has the power to filter themselves, but would refuse to do so because at the end, ratings and their political agenda is the most important thing.

1st Book of 2017: The Alliance

the-alliance-book-cover-683x1024The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim, a novel that you will enjoy if you’re interested in the end of the world apocalypse that is not a zombie apocalypse scenario.  Moses a pilot, whose small planes crashes just outside a small community because of power failure.  Leora a resident within this small community witness the crash and not aware that her life and community is going to change.  Two different groups of people are going to be tested and their beliefs will be challenge as they begin to learn why Moses crashed near their community.  In a apocalypse world your beliefs will be challenge to the limit.  With resources running thin and people holding strong to their belief, it up to Moses along with a few outside to convince the community what to comes and the danger that approaches their community.