The next stage of the mushroom cycle is compared to the mythological Phoenix, a bird known to die by fire and to be reborn from its ash cyclically on its own. Some say the mushroom at this stage resembles the open wings of the bird and just like the bird, dies and is reborn again on its own. Interestingly, the phoenix was adopted as a symbol early in Christianity and its ability to die and be reborn again can be compared to resurrection.
On our 5th meetup, we first went to the Union train station. It's a beautiful space with lots of great architectural details. I could spend hours sketching in this space. We had planned to go to the Skywalk as well but it didn't work out that day. There was way too many people for our group to comfortably find a spot to sketch, so we went back to the union station for a little more sketching before heading towards the subway station to meet the Toronto Subway Sketch Group. It was really fun and we had a great turnout. It was funny to see the reaction of some people entering our cabin and seeing a couple of us with our sketchbooks sketching people. I managed to do a couple sketches, but I always wish I had done more :)
We're lucky to have Mei, who's also a photographer, in our group. She took quite a few awesome photos of us during the event. Check out her facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/meicphotoart) to see more from our latest meetup as well as several other sketching events and her own sketches.
Our next meetup will take place at the Toronto Christmas Market on December 7. Then, the next day we'll join Sketching Around the City to sketch at the University of Toronto Campus downtown.
This week's TGIM is based on football but can easily be used in any aspects of life. The one line that stuck in my head is all about giving up old habits to get to the next level. What am I doing right now that I need to stop doing? I think it's a question that needs to be answered on a regular basis. In my case, the first thing I did was to cut cable TV and spend more time being creative by drawing more. I have to say, this one decision has brought a lot of positive changes for me this year. So as far as I'm concerned, what ET says works. Now what's my next move? I really need to think about this one. There's still a lot of hidden potential that needs to come out and play :)
Last year I was inspired to draw my own version of a Santa Claus and his reindeer after finding out what some believe the be real origins of Christmas. One of my friend who saw my drawing thought it would be a great for a Christmas card. Can you believe I hadn't even though of that at the time? Good thing there's always another Christmas. So now the art is available as cards and a couple neat little items that are sure to spark interesting conversations over the holidays! So go and get some and be sure to order them on Cyber Monday : Shipping is free worldwide.
There's a stage in the cycle of growth of the mushroom where it takes the shape of a cup and this has been referred to as the Holy Grail stage. The quest for the Grail itself is apparently the quest for the knowledge of the mushroom. When dew forms on the mushroom or rain collects into this newly formed cup, the water turns red (like blood) and possesses some psychedelic characteristics of the fungi. Historically, the mushroom has been the container for the juice of the ‘elixir of immortality’, or the ‘blood of God’, in many myths. This cup was thought to possess magical powers.
Coincidently, this cup is also used during the Eucharist as it was used during the last supper and is being reenacted in every ceremony: The flesh is the meat of the mushroom, represented by bread, and the blood is the water that magically turns into wine, when poured in the proper cup, represented by red wine. Coincidence?
Last week, on my way to meet other urban sketchers to sketch at the Art Gallery there was an issue with the subway. It took me an hour instead of 20 minutes to get to my destination. Good thing I was planning to get there in advance, so I wasn't too late. Nevertheless, I used this opportunity to really take my time sketching this man who got a little shut eyes while waiting for the subway to bring him to his destination. He barely moved, which was great for me.
This week's TGIM is the continuation of last week's video. The bit about the high school basketball team really got me thinking that I need to step up my game. It makes a lot of sense : If you want to get to the next level, you have to prepare for it and practice at the level you want to be in. This means I have a lot of planning to do for next year on top of making sure I work on a high level this year! Let's see what comes out of it later on. For now, it's all about working on my skills and improving them each day. Enjoy.