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Icarus & Occident

Icarus & Occident is my new favorite blog. It’s a daily juxtaposition of photography and music. But in a way, it’s deeper than that for me. While reading, I’m sucked into the music, the lyrics and the visual. I really love this excerpt from their About page:

“This will all fade. And no, friends, your creations won’t last either. They, like your body, will be enjoyed for a few short years before inevitably eroding away with the rest of the earth.

So make them damn good.

You heard me. Make them so beautiful that the eyes of those around you shine with wonder. May your stories be so raw and captivating that audiences will weep. May your songs resonate from your chest so violently that crowds cannot deny your life was worth the blood in your veins. May your one-thousandth menial report be as thorough and thankless as the first. May your daily interactions be more than idle pleasantries and nods. May your words be few and good. May your actions be bold, out of love.”

Be sure to take a look, add to your RSS reader, and enjoy. I especially felt that little burst of emotion while listening to Dan Auerbach’s “Goin’ Home” while reading Jeremy’s thoughts on home. That’s what I love about blogging and if I can make my readers feel any type of emotion like that…then it’s worth it.

Well done Icarus & Occident, you’ve inspired me.

 

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 17

Today’s challenge was to draw your favorite plant! Mine is a weeping willow. Obviously the leaves fall vertically but for this blog, it looked better horizontal.

Steven glanced at the list and thought today’s challenge was to draw your favorite planEt. However, he ended up subconsciously writing “PLANT” on his “PLANET” anyways so it works out great! Plus, I love his drawing.

Benji drew a Piranha plant!

Carley’s favorite plant is a Gingko Tree! She remembers climbing a huge one her in grandpa’s backyard. I love the pattern she formed.

And we have a new contributor today! Randi drew a Hibiscus flower!

Five drawings today! That’s the most I’ve posted yet. Tomorrow’s challenge is to draw just a doodle. If you want yours included in tomorrow’s post, just email me at hi@allisonlehman.com by midnight tonight!

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 16

Today’s challenge was to draw your inspiration. Mine is a bit abstract and encompasses a lot. What inspires me? Life, the sun, organic relationships, nature, others that are real and not fake. The list could go on but I thought it was best displayed this way.

Steven drew old Nicktoons!

Benji drew Michael Bolton. Well, played sir.

And Carley chose various things as well in the form of type! Love it.

Be sure to comment with a link to YOUR blog if you participated. Tomorrow’s challenge is to draw your favorite plant! If you want yours included in my post, email me your drawing to hi@allisonlehman.com by midnight tonight.

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 15

We’re at the halfway point! Today’s challenge was to draw your family (which is perfect because we’re visiting Adam’s family this weekend). As I’m blogging from Indiana, I’m surrounded by those that we love and that love us back. All I had was some computer paper and a red Crayola marker so enjoy this riveting and detailed drawing. And my delicious cinnamon coffee.

And Steven‘s drawing:

Tomorrow’s challenge is to draw your inspiration. If you want yours included on my blog, email me by midnight tonight at hi@allisonlehman.com.

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 12

My most recent accomplishment? I learned how to say, “No.” Not only does it help keep control in my life but it allows me to be available for things that I really want to do.

Benji’s recent accomplishment: getting his new job! He said, “My new job isn’t evil. The dragon is to show that interviews can be intimidating, but by the end of it, you may find yourself shaking hands with a dragon…or something like that.”

Carley’s recent accomplishment: boxing lessons! I’ve been wanting to try boxing lessons lately and Carley’s drawing got me excited!

Tomorrow’s challenge is to draw a comic! Should be fun. Email me at hi@allisonlehman.com by midnight tonight if you want yours included in my post!