utorak, 21. veljače 2017.

Inspired by....Lera

EN Time for another Inspired by feature. Today I illustrated Lera from lerablogs. The medium is watercolour and pencil. This time I decided to leave the pencil outline. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I don't even use the pencil the sketch, but rather apply the watercolour directly. 

How do you like this outfit? Isn't it dreamy? Isn't it so timeless? I was thinking about what I could illustrate next and then I remembered that it was a while since I illustrated Lera, so I browsed her blog and as soon as I saw this look I knew it is the one that I want to illustrate. So, here it is, my fashion illustration of the day. To put it more precisely- my fashion illustration of a fashion blogger. 

If you love fashion, you probably also love fashion illustrations. If you like fashion bloggers, you probably also like illustrations of fashion bloggers. Logically speaking, you should enjoy this one. Well, that would be all for today. Thank you for reading...and a very special thank you for all the comments you left on my last post. You are the best readers ever!!!

HR Vrijeme je za još jednu Nadahnuta s rubriku. Danas sam naslikala Leru s lerablogs. Medij su vodene boje i olovka. Ovaj put sam odlučila ostaviti obrub olovkom. Ponekad ga ostavim, ponekad ne. Ponekad i ne koristim olovku za skiciranje, nego direktno stavljam vodene boje na papir. 

Kako vam se sviđa ova kombinacija? Zar nije divna? Zar nije bezvremenska? Razmišljala sam o tome što bi mogla iduće ilustrirati i onda sam se sjetila da već dugo nisam ilustrirala Leru, pa sam malo pretražila njen blog i čim sam vidjela ovu kombinaciju znala sam da je to to. Tako da evo je, moja modna ilustracija dana ili da budem još preciznija- moja modna ilustracija modne blogerice dana.

Volite li modu, vjerojatno volite i modnu ilustraciju. Volite li modne blogere, vjerojatno volite i ilustracije modnih blogova. Logički gledano, trebalo bi vam se ovo svidjeti. Tako da, to bi bilo sve za danas. Hvala na čitanju...i velika hvala na svim komentarima koje ste mi ostavili na zadnjoj objavi. Vi ste najbolji!!!

#watercolour #fashionillustration


ponedjeljak, 20. veljače 2017.

The art of criticism and the search for true love

I don't want someone who will love my flaws. I want to be loved for what is best in me.

Lately I've come across a lot of quotes on the subject of flaws that I disliked. Most of them sound like this: 'If someone truly loves me, they will love my flaws.' I must say I don't get it. I don't. I don't want someone who will love my flaws. I don't want someone to accept all those things that are wrong with me. I want someone who will believe in me enough to consider me worth their time despite my flaws.  To think me worth their while- isn't that what we all want? To be liked by those we like. It is a natural human tendency. However, lately that has became insufficient. Now, there is a lot of talk about 'true' this and that and what 'true' love should be like. According to some, it should be free from any form of criticism. Well, that doesn't work for me. I don't need to be loved for my flaws and for the things I got wrong. Quite the opposite. I want to be loved for what is best in me, because that is the kind of love that will motivate me to do better.

I do understand why criticism is often viewed in a negative way. Often people find it easier to criticize others than to take care of their own problems and flaws. Sometimes the only purpose of criticism is to hurt another person. That kind of behaviour is obviously bad and counter-productive. In addition, this kind of criticism usually doesn't lead to up something constructive. However, there is also another form of criticism. That is the kind of criticism that comes from love. That comes from those who want us to achieve our true potential. That comes from belief that we're worth the effort of being criticized. That kind of criticism is worth gold. 

If you think about it, people often pay a lot of money for that kind of criticism. We hire experts to tell us what is wrong with our habits or behaviour all the time. We take an advice of nutritionists when we go on a diet, we hire a personal trainer when we want to improve our work out routine, we go on to see a doctor when we don't feel well and so on.  So, why is it so hard to take criticism from friends, family or the person we're in relationship with? Why do we always take it so personally? Because it is personal. Almost any word from any person we're really close with is by definition personal- that is why it is called a personal relationship as opposed to a business relationship or whatever. In this modern world, we have learned to fear intimacy and personal things because we don't want 'to bother with it'. But really, that is an answer of a weakling. 

If I have learned anything in my life, it could be summed up to this- personal relationships are worth investing time and energy in. They can teach us so much about ourselves and about others. Naturally, not all relationships are good ones. Sometimes we make mistakes. We have all seen those relationships that seem to bring out the worst in both partners. Not every relationships needs to be maintained at all costs.We should all learn to avoid toxic relationship, that is obvious, but we also shouldn't confuse  'feeling hurt' by someone's criticism with toxic or abusive behaviour. Sometimes we feel hurt because of our own issues. Often people expect their relationships to be completely problem free. I mean how realistic is that?

Nobody is perfect. Not even our human language is perfect. When I speak with a person who shares my mother tongue and even if we both share a particular idiom or  dialect, there are still bound to be misunderstandings. It happens. It is not a big deal. If you have studied, observed (or if you happen to like) the subject of linguistics, you have probably noticed that human languages are imperfect. Beautiful but imperfect. Often illogical. Often governed by principles that have nothing do with grammar but  more often than not that is what gives them its charm.  So, it is with life. You never get everything you want in that precise moment you want it. You can't make everyone happy. Why should you then expect that everyone should make you happy? 

I think it is dangerous to look ourselves as a finished product. We're all works in progress- or we are ought to be. We're not some product that is to be advertised and if you don't happen to like it, we should see them as the enemy. I can easily understand why people can find some things about myself annoying- perhaps even many things. To be frank, I find many things about myself annoying. I can even understand if someone considers me as a person -utterly irritating. I hope they won't, but really why should I expect everyone to like me? Even more importantly, why should I expect someone to like every single thing about me? I don't like everything about myself. That doesn't mean I hate myself. That just mean that I choose not to see everything about me as worth attention. 

Hopefully, I should be able to say: 'I'm not my flaws and I don't need to be defined by them'. At any rate, I hope there is something good about me that might overweight the bad. It's a form of optimism perhaps. It comes from belief in ourselves, belief that tells us we can be so much more. This need not to be loved for everything we are, but for everything we might be. So, feel free to dislike my flaws- either by ignoring them or by criticism them. I don't need anyone to love everything about me. Especially, when I don't happen to love everything about myself. Nobody can convince me that I should. Having a healthy relationship with ourselves, shouldn't imply a complete lack of self-critique. I will not pretend that I have mastered the art of criticism. However, I will say that I would like to and that I hope that I will get better with it in time. I don't think that criticism is bad as such. It is what we do with it that matters. Take for example, literary criticism. Its sole purpose it to praise literature. It might say this book is a lesser work of this author, but at its core it is about praising writers and art. It is about showing to us why writing is important. 

 The art of criticism for me basically means knowing how to enforce the good and reduce the bad. Every teacher does this. We criticize our students because we want them to do better. We criticize them because we care about them. We should be careful with our criticism, but we shouldn't denounce it entirely. Criticism can actually be healing. The right kind of criticism. But it is hard to tell them apart, isn't it? The good and the bad kind of criticism. It is so hard people would rather not bother with it. But we must bother. We must care. We must question. If we are to be human beings. If we are to be sentient creatures. If we are to be more than a sum of our instincts and biology. We must care. We must love. We must allow ourselves to be hurt.  It is the only way to live. 

nedjelja, 19. veljače 2017.

Međugorje- Mostar (Styling cropped flares / nošenje kraćih trapezica)

One pair of cropped flared jeans. Two outfits. Two places (Mostar & Međugorje). Cropped flares seem to be in right now. I could pretend that I was right on trend. Say that I bought my cropped flares ahead of time. However, you would all know that's just not true because you have seen me wear them for years now. 

The truth is that I often have issues finding a pair of pants of adequate length. But, because I love flares so much I have kept buying them even when there was some definite length missing. What you know? Now cropped flares are all the rave...and I can pretend that I'm right on trend, even if it really only a coincidence. 

To tell you the truth, I don't remember when was the last time that I bought a clothing item. Perhaps I'm just tired of stores. Furniture and appliance shopping is exhausting. I'm starting to see why people hire professionals to do interior design for them. It is a lot of work. On the other hand, perhaps the reason of my buying clothes has nothing to do with laziness or being tired. Perhaps I'm just enjoying shopping my closet. 

Jedan par kraćih traperica trapezica. Dvije odjevne kombinacije. Dva mjesta (Mostar i Međugorje). Čini se da su kraće trapezice sada u trendu. Mogla bi se pretvarati da pratim trendove. Reći da sam kupila svoje kraće trapezice prije puno vremena. No, svi bi znali da nije tako jer ste me vidjeli da ih nosim već godinama.

Istina je da teško pronalazim hlače koje su odgovarajuće dužine. No, zato jer toliko volim hlače kroja na zvono nastavila sam ih kupovati čak i kada je bilo očito da im nedostaje dužine, Tko zna što će doći u modu? Sada su kraće hlače na zvono u modi...i mogu se pretvarati da sam u trendu, iako je to zapravo slučajnost.

Zapravo da budem iskrena, ne sjećam se kada sam zadnji put kupila neki odjevni predmet. Možda sam jednostavno umorna od trgovina. Kupovina namještaja i kućnih uređaja je iscrpljujuća. Počinjem shvaćati zašto ljudi unajmljuju profesionalce da im urede dom. Naporno je to. S druge strane, možda moj prestanak kupovine nije rezultat lijenosti ili umora. Možda mi je jednostavno zabavno kupovati u svome ormaru.

petak, 17. veljače 2017.

DIY project of the day (bird print decoupage box)/ kreativni projekt dana (dekupaž kutija s uzorkom ptica)

Speaking of birds......Besides being a bird lover, I'm also a bird print/pattern lover. Today I'm posting a simple DIY project. I bought this wooden box a while back. To customize it, I decided to paint it with acrylics. Apparently that wasn't enough for me, so after I while I tried the decoupage technique on this little box. I selected bird print. I must say that I'm really happy with the result. I love this little yellow box. It is like a rain of sunshine. Do you like it? Do you enjoy taking part in DIY projects? Do you like bird print and patterns?

Kad smo već na temi ptica....Osim što volim ptice, volim i uzorke na temu pticu. Danas obavljujem jednostavni napravi sam projekt.  Prije dosta vremena kupila sam ovu drvenu kutiju. Kako bi je učinila više svojom, odlučila sam se oslikati akrilnim bojama. To mi nije bilo dovoljno, pa sam odlučila isprobati i dekupaž tehniku na ovoj maloj kutijici. Odabrala sam ptičji uzorak. Moram reći da sam zadovoljna s rezultatiom. Jako mi se sviđa ova žuta kutijica. Baš je kao malo sunce. Uživate li vi u napravi sam projektima? Volite li ptičje printove i uzorke?

četvrtak, 16. veljače 2017.

Ducks and Mostar / Patke i Mostar

If you suffer from a bird phobia, you might want to skip this post. There will be birds in this one, mainly ducks. If you don't like ducks, by all means don't scroll down.  There are more photos of ducks than of myself in this post. What can I do? I love ducks. They seem to be more photogenic than me. The same applies for this city. Isn't Mostar extremely photogenic? It is one of the most photogenic cities that I know. These photographs were actually taken last year, but you will forgive me. 

Bojite li se ptica, možda vam je bolje da preskočite ovu objavu. Biti će ptica, većinom patki. Ako ne volite patke, nemojte gledati ove fotografije. Zapravo ima više slika od patki nego od mene u ovoj objavi. Što mogu? Volim patke. Čini mi se da su fotogeničnije od mene same. Isto   vrijedi i za sam grad. Zar nije Mostar fotogeničan? Meni se čini da je jedan od najfotogeničnijih gradova koje poznajem. Ove su fotografije uslikane prošle godine, ali ćete mi oprostiti. 



#birds #birdphotography