"Random acts of BBQ-ness" ... Inklings caricatures by Jason J  Nicholas
“Random acts of BBQ-ness” … Inklings caricatures by Jason J Nicholas

While grilling some BBQ…. I broke out some paper and pens and sketched some random inkling caricatures. Sometimes you never know when a moment of creativity will strike.

Carpe sketch’em.

Live Creatively!

"Voiture de course (racing car)" inkling sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com
“Voiture de course (racing car)” inkling sketch

Pardon my French….but hopefully I have translated “racing car” properly.

I started this inkling sketch with my eyes closed and let the pencil (stylus) just wander on my ipad screen.

That’s one of the beautiful things about doing my inklings — you never know what the results will be. No pre-planning. It’s all improvised on the go.

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Balance…..

Warning: The following post was written in a lack of Ben and Jerry’s state, but Gatorade thirst-quenched state of being……………..

As the first day of school smacks me on the side of the head and brings me back into reality from this whirlwind summer, I reflect back over the past couple of months and the word “balance” comes to mind.

This has been a summer of learning how to maintain a balance of stacking the daily stones of life one on top of another without any outside factors tip the pile over. We each have a center of gravity inside of us that defines who we are. We need to recognize that center and follow its lead.

For me, it’s my connection to the creative zen side of life…and how I can use it touch lives and make the world around me a better place….even if for a brief shining moment.

Live Creatively! (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)

"Grace" - inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas
“Grace” – inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas

Today is a hard, yet inspirational day for me.

Today is my mom’s birthday. She unexpectedly passed 6 years ago. Still to this day, I am touched with a bit of sadness every day….and…. inspired by here every day.

My mother’s middle name was Grace. I can’t think of another word to describe her more than that. She was a graceful person. My mom touched everybody’s heart in so many different ways. She could transform people from a state of sadness to joy with her mere presence. And…this to me is inspirational.

I believe that my mom was ‘taken’ from us at her early age of 57(?) for a special reason. She was limited here on earth — limited to the amount of people she could share her altruistic nature with. Now, mom can serve an infinite amount of people. She is an angel. Her spirit now envelopes each and everyone of us like a comforting blanket of compassion (or the sweet and tasty goodness of one of her famous cream puffs filling your belly).

Yes… it’s okay to be sad by the loss of people in your life that you care about.

But, for me, it is more important to be inspired by the lessons in life they taught you. To be inspired by their unwarranted acts of kindness. To be inspired by the smiles they delivered.

To be inspired and carry on in the work that they did by giving back…..in even the simplest of ways.

Mom, thank you……………… you have done even more good than you know.

Life…….. Live Creatively!
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"Air Jordan" - Guest inkling sketch by Noah.  
inkling  sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com
Air Jordan – Guest inkling sketch by Noah

“Air Jordan” guest inkling post by Noah.

It’s cool to see Noah express his love of sports in a drawing.

That’s the beauty of a blank pages and having a pen or pencil around — being able to express whatever you want to on that page. It’s not about painstakingly drawing a lifelike image, it’s simply about the freedom to cut loose and get those ideas out of your head and onto paper.

Life…..Live Creatively! (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)

Ice Bucket Challenge inkling sketch courtesy of Jason J Nicholas
Ice Bucket Challenge inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas

Yes. It’s true.  I have not been left out in the cold for the ALS ice bucket challenge thanks to my friends Michelle Abdinoor and Marshall Bone.

This viral challenge has been instrumental in bringing a new awareness to ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

This challenge has also reminded us of these insightful and inspiring words…….

 

I might have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for. – Lou Gehrig

 

Live Creatively! (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)

Omelette with Bitter marmalade.. illustration by Jason J Nicholas for the book "Sail Away Girl Cooks... A Little Bit for Now: A Sailor and her Cooking Stories"
Omelette with Bitter Marmalade: inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas

Two of my favorite things in the world are sailboats and eating.

I had the tasty privilege of providing illustrations for Elizabeth Aristeguieta and her delightful book “Sail Away Girl Cooks… A Little Bit for Now: A Sailor and her Cooking Stories”

Hoist up yer forks!  and be sure to pick up a copy of Elizabeth’s book.

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Prints of the sailboat cover sketch I did are available for purchase at my Etsy store.

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Anchors aweigh!…. and Live Creatively!

Omelette with Bitter Marmalade illustration by Jason J Nicholas for the book “Sail Away Girl Cooks… A Little Bit for Now: A Sailor and her Cooking Stories”

 

 

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Life is a JOURNEY. Don’t get stung by it’s obstacles.
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Don’t Stop Bee-leaving. Inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas

Today’s inkling sketch is a tribute to the band Journey and their wonderful song… ” Don’t Stop Believin’  ”

If you are looking for a fun and family friendly show tonight, come and check out the Journey tribute band, Evolution.

 

Who:  Evolution: A Tribute to Journey

Where:  Art Bonito Amphitheater located at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ.

When:  August 16th, 2014

Time:  Gates open at 7:00 PM.  Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Visit www.jhconcerts.net for more information.

Be sure to check out “Evolution” at www.evolutiontheband.com

 

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Who Moved My Cheese inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas
Who Moved My Cheese – inkling sketch by Jason J Nicholas

This inkling sketch started as the 3 curves of the rat’s back.  As with most of my inklings, I never know where the sketch will end up.

Inklings are my drawn version of improv.  I don’t have any preconceived ideas of what will happen.  I just let loose with the lines and see where the sketching flows.

Inklings are a therapeutic way for me to start off my day.

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In memory of Robin Williams....... "Na-nu  Na-nu".  The earth may have lost a truly gentle and compassionate comedic genius, but the Universe has gained an infinite energetic spark of warmth, wit, and wisdom.   Inkling sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com
“Na-nu Na-nu”. In Memory of Robin Williams

In memory of Robin Williams……. “Na-nu  Na-nu”.  The earth may have lost a truly gentle and compassionate comedic genius, but the Universe has gained an infinite energetic spark of warmth, wit, and wisdom.   Inkling sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)

farmhouse sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com
Farmhouse Sketch by Jason J Nicholas

Sometimes I get an idea of a place or building in my mind that I just have to get out onto paper.  Something magical happens when I pluck that idea out of my imagination and capture it on a drawing.

What creative ideas or places are stuck in your mind?  I would love to help you transform them into inspirational drawings or built architectural creations.

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Alfman drawing courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com
Alfman – drawing courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com

I love drawing and keeping sketchbooks.

They allow me to travel back in time to see how I became who I am today.

This drawing of Alfman was done in 1989.  Yes, even back then, I was a geek.  :)

Happy Batman day!  and Happy 75th Bat-i-versary to one of my heroes….Batman. (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)

Sail Away Girl Cooks...Cover
Sail Away Girl Cooks…. Book Cover Illustration

Hoist up yer forks mateys! Dive into a delightful cookbook by my friend Elizabeth Aristeguieta

I am honored to have been able to provide the inkling sketches for Elizabeth’s book, “Sail Away Girl Cooks…A Little Bit for Now:A Sailor and her Cooking Stories”. (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)

37: Water guns

How many times have you got trapped in your own mind to only let the days drift by feeling smothered like a sardine in the tin of non-creativity?  I know this happens to me on occasion when there are many projects swirling around in my head at the same time.  There is solution that has worked for me to get from smothered non-creative sardine to frolicking creative dolphin.

That brings me to today’s word in our continuing 42 Words To A Better You blog series.

Word #37:  Water Guns  (okay.  it’s 2 words, but let’s just pretend that it is one.)

 

water guns photo courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com

water guns photo courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com

 

So, you may be asking yourself, “What is with this guy and his fishy references?”  Well, I’m not about to start spinning some ancient mariner yarns, but I am going to to be talking about water.  I’ve been feeling too “adult-like” lately and losing my inner child.  Which for a creative like me is a very frustrating thing.  Don’t get me wrong, of course there are times where we need to be mature and responsible adults, but there are times when we need to let out the care-free and playful  kid inside.

Here are some positive advantages that I have experienced by expressing my inner child:

  • Increase in Creativity – by “lowering your shields” (as said by many a Star Trek captain) you allow yourself to become vulnerable and emerged into the world on a new and refreshing level.  Your mind is challenged is look at and solve problems in new and inventive ways.
  • Increase is Energy – who doesn’t know of a kid that can continuously run around for hours and hours?   Being cooped up in an office or a slave to your computer all day can make you physically (and mentally) tired.  Getting outside in the fresh air and running around raises your energy level and increase your blood flow.  It’s simply good the body and mind.
  • Increase in Freedom – Something magical happens when you give yourself permission to “cut loose, footloose, and kick off those Sunday shoes”  (yes, I did just somehow channel my inner Kenny Loggins…. thank God you are not able to hear me singing now).  Your mind, body, and soul free themselves from the shackles of the 9-5 clock and are allowed to simply exist and be whatever you want them to be.  No permission is required to go out and have fun. You become the fun.

So, here is where the water guns come in.  One way I recently forced myself to get out of my own mind was to go out and buy water guns.  What a great way to get outside, cut loose, run around with my son, solve challenges (like finding the best places to hide), and simply be a 43 year old kid!

So, be playful and Live Creatively!

Action Step

Write down 3 things that ‘triggers’ your fun memories as a kid.  Take the time to do at least one thing on that list today.

I would love to hear your ideas.  Leave your comments below so that others can be inspired from you.

 

"re-ignite" inkling sketch by jason j nicholas

Sometimes we are all so selfish and stupid to get bogged down in the little things in life. The unnecessarily controlling daily minutiae. This narrow sighted vision of life neglects the real truths that are out there. The real issues at hand. The reasons for gratitude become lost. The heartfelt connection with another person disintegrates. The laughter of a child is silenced. The spark of excitement in your soul is outshone by the screen of data you stare at.

Why do we let circumstances control us? When we are the ones in control. Why do we let the weight of others pull us down rather than propel us to new heights? Why is it that the ticking of the clock is heard louder than the laughing of your child? Why is it that portrait of a president on a green piece of paper captures our eyes over a brilliant sunrise or sunset? Why does the clicking of the keyboard keys sing louder than the chirping of the birds outside?

It’s the big picture of life that gets lost in the narrow-sightedness we are all guilty of. The big picture. The big reason. The big answer. The big adventure. All thrown by the wayside….. for the wrong reasons. For the wrong purposes. For the wrong everything.

Put down that phone. Close the laptop lid. Turn off your iPad. These are merely tools that are mistaken as entertaining distractions.

Step outside. Spin around in a circle. Make yourself dizzy as you take in the world around you. Feel your heart race — that pounding of life in your chest that is a reminder. Awaken your soul. Reignite your passions. Reconnect with those you love. Simply….Be that spark of life you were meant to be. Simply BE ! (Click here to subscribe to my mailing list for free)

Sunset sail inkling sketch by Jason j Nicholas

We all have our special places we  go whenever we need a moment of solitude.  For me, I travel to the lighthouse in my mind on a sunset harbor.

Sketches can take you anywhere!

Where is your place of solitude?

Share your thoughts in the comments below. (iPad, paper by 53 app, pencil by 53)