Outside of the box 3rd edition

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I continued working on my 3d box sculpture in progress in my last post. My sculpture will be in an exhibit at Caplan Art Designs in October this year. I worked on filling in the lettering of the elephants “mural” and more on the elephant herself.

Since as I work on this sculpture I’m thinking about thinking I also did two newsletters this week: one about my notebook/sketchbook process itself and another newsletter showing locations where I do my notebook/sketchbook process.

One of the ways I try to practice thinking outside the box, the box of our current snap-judgement era, is to stay off the hard binary extremes of reverence and rejection as best I can. [There’s a good article about the false dilemma thinking bias here.] I can remember that if I like something I don’t have to hold it so sacred that I get upset if someone questions that thing I like. Similarly if I don’t like something I don’t have to be upset if someone else doesn’t share my view. My feelings don’t have to be set in concrete around one of the two poles like/dislike. I can remember that there are often many degrees of nuance between them. I can reserve judgement. I can change my mind as I learn more I don’t have to express a strong opinion, I can even have no opinions at all. I can encourage the development of my own spirit of reasonableness and compassion. I can encounter the complex world without needing to immediately put things into simplistically labled boxes. In fact I find it useful to occassionally encounter things as if I’ve never seen them before. Kindof like this meme a friend shared with me.

Anyhoo here’s my sketchbook page…

This week on my newsletter I shared my illustrated thoughts about developing our mental lives by making available a downloadable  ebook version of one of my sketchbooks that is on the topic of reading books. There’s a printed version of it available here.

Speaking of books and thinking: I’m currently reading an anthology “Stories Of Books And Libraries” edited by Jane Holloway. I’m enjoying the pleasant pastoral survey over a large span of time of all things bibliophiles like me might relate to or appreciate. Of course I like some of the stories more or less than others… in many ways reading this book is similar to opening and indulging in a finely crafted box of assorted chocolates.

And yes, the napkin you see in the photo with the book is a small cocktail size napkin printed with one of my designs from my sketchbook.  I like the cocktail size napkins for use during breakfast. Here’s a look at my coffee and books sketch.

I hope your week is pleasant and full of nuances to choose amongst and enjoy.

See you next Monday.

6 thoughts on “Outside of the box 3rd edition

  1. Of course you would be drawn to a book about libraries and books! I think you are the most voracious reader I know.

    I am so impressed with the visual textures you have achieved in your box sculpture: it truly does look like a cardboard box.

    1. Lol!!! Thank you!! It’s true that I am unrepentantly addicted to reading books!!! And I’m delighted to hear that my box sculpture is indeed beginning to look like cardboard… I’ve been staring at edges of real-life cardboard boxes so much that I almost worry when I look at my sculpture …. so thanks for the vote of confidence!! 💚🥰

  2. I’m with Laura! Your box is moving into optical illusion territory now. I love David’s tweet! According to my dad (who admittedly had a tendency to embroider family stories), my reaction to seeing the ocean for the first time (at 22 months old) was “Hmph. Big puddle.”

    1. Lol!!! 🤣🤣 “Hmph. Big puddle” 🤣🤣 And thank you for your kindness about my box… it’s been fun examining so closely such a mundane object!

Thank you for reading and sharing encouragements!