Behold. My watercolor painting.
It may look silly, but it served a purpose.
During the hour I spent trying out different techniques I’d see on online tutorials, not a single thought of expectation crossed my mind.
There were a lot of, “Oh, I see, the brush needs more water”… and “Oops, that’s too much water.” And “Oooh, that’s a pretty color!”
Zero thoughts of, “Why isn’t this better?”… “Why is that line crooked?”… “I’m terrible, I should just give up.”
Doing things I’m not good at eases my mind into a gentle, meditative state. It’s like being inside a cozy cabin in the woods that offers a break from all expectations.
This is why I have brush lettering pens, calligraphy pens, and now watercolors. They are my cozy cabin where I can retreat and rest.
What’s your version of a cozy cabin?
I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading,
My cozy cabin is. Cup of tea and somethin good to read. Blocks my mind totally from the world 🙂July 23, 2018 at 8:08 am
I think tea can be magical. It can definitely help put a pause to life! That + a book = WIN. 😀July 29, 2018 at 4:57 pm
I love to just sit on my balcony, surrounded by flowers. I listen to different sounds and sort my thoughts. And I want to learn to make origami! It is a very calming activity 🙂July 23, 2018 at 9:31 am
Origami would be a fantastic, “cozy cabin”! Good luck with learning this, Rhinosek! FLOWER!July 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm
My cozy cabin would be exactly that – in a forest, where it’s quiet and there are no people. Since the forest is about 5-6 hours away. The next best thing is sitting on our bench swing on our deck after it gets dark, and quietly playing my guitar.July 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Ooooh you have a bench swing? I’ve always wanted a bench swing. It’s lovely to picture that setting. Playing guitar outside, after dark. 😀July 29, 2018 at 4:55 pm
Stretching exercises while listening to a funny podcast! ☺️July 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm
That’s a great combination! 🦍July 29, 2018 at 4:53 pm
Such a cute painting! <3 Reading, crocheting and doing Nonograms/Picross by hand are the things I most often do to relax and empty my mind. The same also happens while I'm doing yoga, but I usually don't do that at home.July 24, 2018 at 11:21 am
I had to google Nonograms and picross! I had no idea this existed. hehehe! And it does seem like a ver zen sort of thing 😀 Crocheting, too. Thanks for reading, June Marie!July 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm
“Cosy cabin” … I never really thought about that. Honestly I wasn’t even aware of it on a conscious level. I think there are 2 things, sitting in a cafe .. drinking a nice cappuccino (it will get cold in the process) and reading a not to “strenuous” book (generally SciFi or Fantasy) … it is a bit more “passive”. The 2nd one (more active) is incidentally playing my guitar … practicing, singing songs (for myself). I know what I’m not good at with this (a lot), but it never bothers me … I just can get “lost” in it a bit, between playing/practicing. That is in contrast to a lot of other things .. creative or not .. where often my own expectations are way ahead of me or my skills. :zJuly 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm
Ah, yes, it’s true that there are different kinds of books ideal for different kinds of situations. I love mixing up my reading list with several easy to read fantasy and sci fi books, and then tackle a difficult one. If I just stay with difficult titles, I find myself avoiding reading because I don’t want to feel like I’m doing work in trying to understand. hahaa! 😀 And it’s awesome you have guitar, as well, as another “cabin”.July 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm
I was hoping you would create a place like this, Malu. 😀July 28, 2018 at 4:52 am
Thank you so much, Victor! I’m happy you like this new space 😀July 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm
My cozy cabin ..definitely a mix of music, reading and video games..with a touch of the ocean and the outdoors..
On another note .I actually turned my wife onto you and she’s not a gamer..she was amazed at how much emotion you show in your singing, even being covers..she wants original Malukah now !July 28, 2018 at 8:57 am
Scott! Thank you so much for sharing the music with your wife! 😀 Please tell her thank you from me. <3
I think that adding a touch of the ocean to practically anything, it immediately improves it. Such lovely, lazy-like sounds with the waves 😀July 29, 2018 at 4:41 pm
When I was in Oklahoma it would of course take a few days to get to the ocean. Now I’m five minutes from it..with a lighthouse to boot.July 29, 2018 at 9:24 pm
And with a lighthouseeeee? How awesome.July 30, 2018 at 4:27 am
Yes ma’am !! Next time we go I’ll get a picture for you. It’s cooling off here though so the ocean side is a bit chilly. Lol.July 30, 2018 at 8:28 am
Please doooo!July 30, 2018 at 4:38 pm
Hey Malu, That is great. My Cozy Cabin is a good Book or building Halloween Costumes.July 28, 2018 at 10:10 am
I also tried calligraphy but I never where really good at this, so I did something else 🙂
Also I love to play around with photoshop and illustrator (at least I don’t leave a mess afterwards with those 😀 ) It is great to see you do what you want and have fun with it. 🙂 keep it up. And remember be like a turtle. 😀
Haha! Yes! A great advantage of digital hobbies is NO MESS! hahaha! And those two apps, photoshop and illustrator, can be a lot of fun to experiment with. 😀 Ooooh Halloween costume creation sounds like a great time! 😀July 29, 2018 at 4:40 pm
I can send you some Pics when it’s done Malu 🙂July 30, 2018 at 9:41 am
at the moment I am creating a werwolf head with fur and all what a werewolf needs. It is my first try to make a fur suite head mask. hope it wents out well.
I’d love to see a picture when you’re done! Good luck, Little Pumpkin!July 30, 2018 at 4:37 pm
Hey Malu! Just discovered your blog right now and I liked this article very much. Funily, my cozy cabin is playing music – I learned some basics on the piano and the viola and am trying out the guitar now. It’s maybe the same as with your painting: I have zero talent with music and that’s why it doesn’t matter at all whether it sounds okay, it’s just distracting 😀August 2, 2018 at 5:45 pm
It’s so great that you have Music as your Cozy Cabin! Music really is a great companion. 🙂 I think it’s also super fun that you are trying out different instruments! I feel each one works a slightly different brain muscle. hehe! Thank you so much for reading, Lea!August 6, 2018 at 3:16 am
ScottAugust 6, 2018 at 12:46 pm
I so agree. I love my cosy cabin too – computer/art/music room. Delish! I love how painting and art journalling stops me from over-thinking and when I’m done I realise I haven’t worried about anything for an hour or so. Such a good feeling 🙂April 2, 2019 at 4:43 am
Sounds like a fabulous cosy cabin! 😀April 27, 2019 at 9:47 pm