Creative Portal

800 Year Old Cedar

In one year, hundreds of people will die from lightning strikes, thousands of wolves will be hunted, and millions of trees will be cut down. I have lived this year eight hundred times over.

I have seen people walk by while enjoying the feeling of connection and unity with nature, embracing the idea that they are so small in a world that is so large. I have seen packs of wolves take shelter under my leaves, creating a temporary home, because to them home is where the pack is. I have seen the younger trees around me grow for hundreds of years until they too have become full grown monuments of nature.

Eight hundred years is a long time. Some may think it feels even longer when you can’t move – can’t run, swim, fly, explore. What these people don’t realize is that you don’t have to be able to run with the wolves to respect their sense of family. You don’t have to be able to swim with the dolphins to appreciate their joy of life. You don’t have to be able to fly with the birds to relish in their ability to reach new heights. You don’t have to be able to explore to see the world.

The other trees and animals are my family. Watching the new wildlife that appears every day provides me the joy in life I need. I’ve grown from a small sapling and reached new heights that allow me to admire the world from above. I see the enjoyment I provide humans, the protection I provide wolves, and the family I share with other trees.

You don’t need to explore to see the world, because the world happens all around you, and I have seen it.

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My First Pixel Art

Let’s get this out of the way… I don’t have very much artistic talent. I’ve been into music my whole life and can at least somewhat play a bunch of instruments, but drawing?

Drawing is something that I’ve always wished I could be good at. I’ve always dreamed that I had some artistic capabilities outside of music, but those wishes never came true. It wasn’t until recently that I decided I wanted to actually give it a shot.

I started researching types of digital art via YouTube and Twitch, and that’s how I discovered pixel art… so I decided to give it a try.

I wish I could explain the creative process that went behind deciding what to draw as my very first piece of pixel art ever, but I honestly have no idea. After hours of messing around with a program I bought on a whim (the program is Aseprite, and I may make a post about it separately), I finally came up with this…

A tiny… little… blue and purple… seahorse.seahorsejumpbig

How? I don’t know!

Why? Not a clue!

To be honest, I’ve never thought much about seahorses. Sure, they’re cute, but I’ve never considered them to be something of interest to me. It just sort of happened.

So why am I telling you this, and why should you care? Well, there are a few things that I want you to take from this post. Consider this a TL/DR:

  1. I have no artistic abilities.
  2. I have no interest in seahorses.
  3. Despite those things, I drew something that I’m extremely proud of and happy with to this day.

There’s this old, overused saying:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t… you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, do yourself a favour, and actually try.

Much love.