Artwork from last week

Blue whale in watercolor by Morgan Jt

I love to write. My job and career path revolves around a lot of writing in the past few years and even most years before that. But lately, one thing I never seem to miss was painting practices. While I have been trying to write on a daily basis and struggled to do so. I have no problem painting at least once a day. I figured I’d like to put those artworks from last week together right here.

Feel free to comment or suggest anything at all.

city scene in watercolor by MorganJt

I’m rather weak when it comes to distance and landscape painting. I just don’t practice on them enough so what better way to get better but to practice more, right?

Valentine's Day card in watercolor by Morgan Jt

I know it’s not Valentine’s yet but I was just playing with the card idea. I was thinking about making a few and sell print on my Etsy shop but alas … I think I run out of time.

Kitten in color pencils by Morgan Jt

Here’s a color pencil drawing of a kitten that I worked on during that week. I think the eyes came out best. The fur needs a lot more work but at least there are some dimensions to the face. Just have to keep on practicing.

Another doodle of cats with color pencils by MorganJt

I recently bought the Never Quit Drawing (and no, this is not an affiliate link) book and the book has pages to sketch in. I don’t always use it but I try to. Sometimes I ended up painting something in one of my many sketchbooks laying around the house. This one was made with Pigma pen and color pencils.

Water color sketch by Morgan Jt

A sketch of delicious mango and sticky rice. The sticky rice came in 9 different colors and they were balled up, covered with coconut milk and served. Very delicious. So fattening but still delicious.

Sketch from picture with watercolor by Morgan Jt

Here’s another monotone sketch with watercolor paint and marker. My brother took the original picture so I just borrowed his picture to paint.

Like I mentioned before, practice makes better work.

Blue whale in watercolor by Morgan Jt

I actually liked how this one turned out very much. I kind of took the time with this one. I was helping out my parents at the steakhouse and we were really busy that day. I sketched it out in the morning then had my first layer down in the afternoon. I left it alone after the customers started to pick up in the afternoon. Then I finished the painting in the evening after I got home and had a chance to sit down and go over the details.

Time to go to work, guinea pig in watercolor by Morgan Jt

And this one was last night’s work. It doesn’t look much like shadow but I kind of like the color in it. Nothing beats a guinea pig wearing glasses. I named this painting ‘Going to work’. I got the picture from Pinterest. It was kind of fun painting this one.

So maybe I should focus more on my painting than my writing?

I’m not sure, what do you think?

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Looking on the bright side never hurt

Take responsibility of your life
“I say looking on the bright side of life never killed anybody.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
I think we all know that negative emotions are the biggest enemy we have. It fogs up our judgement and reasoning. It causes us to act stupid or crazy. But it’s so hard to stay positive when you’re in a bad situation. It’s hard to stay cool and reasonable when provoked, but it’s possible.
It’s impossible to eliminate negativity out of our lives for good. Things happen for a reason, as cliche as that sound, we cannot pick or choose circumstances or situations that come into our lives. But we can pick and choose what we do with our emotions and perspectives in regard of that situation or circumstance.
So, how can we do that?
We have to take responsibility for everything we do, say, think, feel, act and for the situation.
In taking responsibility for them, we take charge of them.
You might wonder how the hell should I feel better if I take responsibility for being mugged or conned or getting fired from my job? Someone did it to me. I didn’t do it. Why should I take the responsibility for what wasn’t my fault anyway?
Please understand first that no one is completely innocent. Everyone has at least something to do with the situation that they are in. Every situation or circumstance you got into, you got yourself into it. You are responsible for what happened, at least partially. Maybe just by being at the wrong place at the wrong time, maybe by what you did or said or how you reacted to a certain thing. We’re all responsible for what happen to us, more or less.
Maybe you have nothing to do with that negative situation at all. You had nothing to do with it. You didn’t cause it. Someone threw it at you. You’re still responsible for how you are going to react to it, aren’t you.
I understand it’s hard to accept. I didn’t want to be responsible for everything. Sounds tiring. Why would I want that? But then I realized that I need to take responsibility for them so that I can change them. Things kind of changed after that.
Think positive

What will you get from taking responsibility?

 You get the power. Now, you have the power to decide what you’re going to do with that negative situation.
Remember, no one can make you feel bad except you. If you don’t like something, think of it differently, see it in a different light, change your perspective. Now you can exercise your ability to pick and choose how you would react to things. Choose to react positively and you won’t leave room for any negativity to creep in.
We can only focus on one thing at a time, why not focus on the positive. If we choose to focus on using our positive energy and love, we won’t have time to think about all the things that will ruin the positive mood. You are the only one who has a complete control over what and how you feel, how you react, how you respond to any and all situation every minute of every day.
You can choose to look at the negative aspect of things or the positive aspect of things. If you choose to focus on the positive aspect of things, you’ll see choices. You are more open-minded and you’ll start seeing a better way out and feel better and more confident about yourself as well.
But it’s not easy to always stay positive when there is so much negativity in the world.

Here’s how you can stay positive all day long without looking like a crazy person.

1. Pick your response

When you run into something you don’t like or aren’t happy with, count one to ten, take a minute, take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you will not focus on the negativity. You will acknowledge it and see what you have to work with. But you will focus on the positive. Stay calm and think clearly about how you’d like to respond.

I know it’s not always easy to do but it can be practised and it can be learned.

2. Learn from it

When something bad or negative happen to you. Look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Again, don’t focus on the negative side of the situation, think about what you can learn from it and how you can do better so it won’t happen again. Take note of the circumstances that make you react negatively to and learn from it. You can identify the triggers that caused your emotional reactions so you can be aware of it in the future. Train yourself so that you can control the situation and your emotion instead of letting the situation control your reactions.

3. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes

We all make mistakes. We are only humans after all. It happens and that’s ok. What you need to do though is to step up to it and admit that you’ve made a mistake. Admit it. See it for what it was, don’t rationalise it or try to excuse it away. Learn from it and that will help make it less likely to happen again in the future.

4. Stay positive

Don’t let other people’s actions and words affect your point of view. It’s important to stay positive whether it is about you, about the situation or about another person. Don’t jump to the conclusions by listening to others. Draw your own conclusions. When things get tough, be proactive when you deal with it. Think ahead and try to have a contingency plan, even just a tentative one in place for the ‘just in case’ situations.

5. Add extra dose of positivity

Always be positive about things but not to the point where it’s dreamy. Keep your feet on the ground. Emphasise the positive attitude with your actions and your words. Get rid of all the negative thoughts that come from the negative situation because nothing good will ever come from it. Give yourself affirmations that you know to be true about yourself. Stay positive whenever you can always.

Keep a positive outlook
Life will constantly test you with negative people and negative situations but all you have to do is to work at it and practice focusing on your positive attitude so that instead of wasting your valuable energy and time on things that are beyond your control which cause you to react negatively.

Keeping a positive attitude is hard. It takes conscious effort but it’s something you can work on. Once you learn to control your emotional reactions to bad or negative situations, your life will just be that much sweeter. And you’ll be able to change any negative situations into a more positive one and retain the control needed to deal with anything that gets thrown your way.

So, have you choose to be positive today?

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New year … old me because I love it!

new year old me

First of all, let me say Happy New Year. Wishing you all the best.

I’m spending this New Year alone but not lonely. (That’s so corny, sorry)

I’m sure everyone probably like the start the new year with the resolutions, new year new me stuff but I’m not sure I am up for that.

I have come a long, long way before I am who I am today. I’m pretty damn proud of it. I am grateful for those who were always beside me, my family, my boyfriend, my friends and I am thankful to have them by my side this year and in all the years to come.

I have no resolutions this year. I just have plans. I’m just making schedules for things I want to do instead. I want to make time to do what I want. I want to build new habits and get rid of some of my not-so-cool habits.

I’m scheduling for time to go to the gym every day. I’m scheduling for time to go to my art classes every week. I’m also scheduling for time to paint or at least sketch something every day.

I’m not changing anything. I’m just giving myself more time to do what I want.

It’s been a long and arduous fight finding myself and it’s going to be quite a journey.

The past year, I realized that my painting style started to jell. It’s emerging. Not consistent yet but it’s coming. I can start seeing similarities in all the paintings that I do and I actually like it.

I’m sure not everyone will like it but it’s the journey and the process that I’m getting addicted to.

Most people have certain expectations about things that they should be this way or that and it’s ok. Most of the time, my work or my art won’t meet these ideals and that’s ok. A lot of the times, I won’t meet these ideals as a person, and that’s fine, too.

After all these years, I can really say that I am proud of who I have become and it’s ok if who and what I am doesn’t fit other people’s molds. Because I don’t have to.

I supposed I just want to say that it’s ok to be true to yourself. As a matter of fact, you should be true to yourself and do what you’re passionate about.

I used to love to paint when I was a kid. Like everyone, we get the question, ‘What are you going to do with your painting?’

As kids, we just wanted to paint because it makes us happy. After the ‘growing up’ phase hit, I quit painting for years. I mean, years. I pretty much gave up all my art because I felt like I’m not doing well in school and I need to sacrifice what I love for what I should be doing.

I still didn’t do well in school. Never really did.

Fast forward years later, I realized that I want to paint. Actually, I realized I need to find a constructive hobby. Work has been stressful and I needed an out so I turned back to my art. I found an art hobby school that’s not far to go to and I started taking classes.

Now I’m working as a managing editor for an expat lifestyle magazine and I would never give up my art for anything. I always carry my little sketchbook with me. I would love to carry my paint palette with me as well but that will just be too heavy. It’s one of the things that keeps me sane.

Art is not useless. We see many emerging artists today than ever before.

The point is it’s ok to be different. It’s ok to be yourself even if it doesn’t fit other people’s expectations of who or what you should be.

We should be proud of who we are and never be ashamed of how other people sees you.

They’re just wearing a different filter.

happy new year 2017

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Pens in my case

Revealing Morganjt's pen case

So I believe this is why my bag is always heavy.

Revealing Morganjt's pen case

Latest things I carry in my pen case include a number of extra cartridges for the fountain pens, USB charger for the Jot Script, 64GB USB drive, a touch up powder, a stick lipstick, short charging cords, eraser, pencil, Sharpie, 5 Papermate Inkjoy Joel pens (5 colors of course), Jot Script, 2 Pentel Touch brush pens, TWSBI fountain pen, a Rotring rapidograph pen, 2 ballpoint pens, a tank brush, a ruler and a stick of correction tape.

Other additional items include a Swiss Army knife, a flash light and a signal light.

I supposed I can remove a few things but I have found use for other seemingly useless items like the flashlight and the Swiss Army knife so I won’t get rid of those.

As my fathers daughter, I was taught to believe in being prepared. This is to a funny extent but I can never say when will I get to draw or sketch or paint so the best thing is to have the stuff with me so if I ever have the opportunity, I won’t be bummed out because I don’t have ny painting stuff with me.

But I do realized it’s heavy in the shoulder. With my full time job, carrying a backpack isn’t always the most suitable thing, especially when I have meetings with clients or events to attend. I supposed I’ll have to find a happy medium for me one of these days. Any suggestions?

This doesn’t include the other things I carry in my bag which include a sketchbook, an organizer, a compact camera, a power bank, cords for the power bank, wet tissue, coin pouch, lip balm, balm oil, house keys and a business card case.

Maybe I’m  a bit obsessed, you think?

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