Twitter, Plant Thieves and Digital Painting
Rachel Bradley's Newsletter #3
I hope this week has been a rewarding one for you!
Let’s kick off with a minor announcement:
I’ve created a Twitter account and Telegram Channel
I will use these as a broadcast service of sorts, to notify you of updates and releases that might get missed elsewhere.
I will NOT be using Twitter as a social media platform. Instagram is all the social media I can (and want to) make time for. This is an experiment to see if I can make my content more accessible to those of you who aren’t big fans of Instagram, if I can soften the effects of the unpredictable algorithms, and honestly, if I can sustain the extra outlets.
If you want to follow on Twitter, send a follow request and I’ll approve it!
Iselda, a protagonist from my novel in progress, The Sum of Our Deeds.
Iselda is a quiet, book-loving scholar with a weakness for the outcast and downtrodden. She has been a devoted follower of the Order of Xerescades (the primary religious power of her country) since childhood, but upon her recent ascension to Exalted- an elite position rewarded after a minimum of 20 years of service and contributions considered outstanding- the new responsibilities and secrets befitting her station leave her faith shaken.
Weekly reflections to encourage self-reflection and help you discover impactful things about yourself, your art and your career.
Memento Mori (“remember that you [have to] die” in Latin) is a philosophical, religious and artistic concept to remind ourselves life is temporary, and that which we may take for granted today may be gone tomorrow.
It can be taken literally to ponder one’s mortality, or it can be taken in a more metaphorical sense (the loss of opportunities, the irreversible and unexpected changes life brings us).
I have to frequently remind myself that life is not infinite. While I know this logically, if I’m not careful to be conscious, I slip back into assuming I have all the time in the world to do things I’ve put off. Things that are important but daunting and can wait until I’m better prepared.
So, with that in mind, consider your situation. How would your priorities change if you only had one year left to pursue your deepest desires?
Each week, I share the work of other people here. Be sure to check out their pages and show them some love! To find out how to get featured, click here.
Ahmed Aldoori is a modern master of painting. His proficiency with accurate and deliberate brushstrokes blows my mind and he has a sharp eye for elegant simplicity. In short: he’s someone you want to learn from.
…And you can! This tried and tested course is extremely affordable and packs some serious heavy-hitting knowledge for beginners and veterans alike. Just check out an example below of Melanie Casillas’s progress (below).
Carina Klinkhammer (below):
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