I was trying to read a news article the other day.
I can read quite well. I've been reading since I was three, thanks to my sister. I love to read. I'm good at it. I was an English major, for Pete's sake.
(Who is Pete by the way, and why are we always doing things for his sake, for Pete's sake?)
But for the life of me I could not read this danged article, and that's because it looked like this.
How is anyone supposed to concentrate on ANYTHING when a "news" story looks like this?? And by the way, the title of the article is "YouTube needs a competitor" which I found interesting. But then I went into this ridiculous mash-up of disruptive "see also" non-relevant ads, intra-article social sharing buttons and finally a completely irrelevant video and my face just hurt. Also, I can assure you that Yahoo is not going to do anything anyone cares about.
About 10% of the space is devoted to anything remotely approaching the supposed topic and that 10% is remarkably data-free and clearly designed just to have the user load the page.
I'm all for online advertising. In designated spaces, and without hostage content. But this is complete garbage.
I think sites like the TechCrunch (example) do a great job of presenting news, WITH ads. Without interrupting an article.
I would like designers of other websites to please begin having people punch them in the throat for giving us all internet-induced ADD. I could probably get a grant to study cognitive disruptions from such horrendous marketing practices.
Sadly, I have neither the time nor the patience for grant writing, probably because of the cognitive disruption presented by interruption marketing. I managed to read War and Peace after all before the internet looked like this...
You know where I have zero cognitive disruptions? Outside, in my backyard, in my after work outdoor coloring sessions known as #backyardhappyhour.
It's a happy hour indeed. Birds tweeting, coloring practice, sunshine, watching my tomatoes grow.
Lately I've been trying to practice a different, specific technique each day.
Yesterday, I was practicing working with complementary colors.
I first stamped the images from Peaceful Petals onto watercolor paper in Groovy Guava. Why use Groovy Guava for the base outline? Glad you asked! It's because my craftastrophe is horrendous right now and that's the ink that I could reach. Keeping it real here. Remember - perfection is for serial killers.
Next, I used Derwent Inktense Pencils - in Shiraz, Cadmium Yellow and Bark to very slowly paint the flower. I was out here for two hours maybe? Mostly because I threw away my first attempt that I spent an hour on, and I was much more careful the second time.
I was perfecting a technique I'm teaching in my Love What You Have class at my retreat in Salt Lake. So obviously I can't tell you what it is yet :).
I'm really happy with the way it turned out - it looks very different from the image you see when you buy the stamp.
I posted the work in progress on Facebook and one of my friends described the colors as vintage, which I think is accurate. I like the warmth of them and how they are a little more subdued than what I normally do. A wee bit more natural.
I couldn't bring myself to add a sentiment because if I'd stamped it crooked I'd have cried.
Well I'm sure that some of you are probably getting text messages from people who need you to punch them in the throat, so I won't keep you.
God speed - and remember - punch from the shoulder.