Daydream your way to happiness

via Daily Prompt: Pretend

Remember when you were young, and you pretended that you were someone else?  When I was little, sometimes I’d be a bus driver, sometimes a pilot, sometimes a doctor, sometimes a vet, sometimes a detective.

Just as  kittens stalk leaves and toys as imaginary mice, we mold our young brains by pretending.  Fortunately, it’s not entirely that deadly serious, or otherwise I’d be trying for a career as an elevator or trolley car!  However, we can shape our thinking by pretending.

As adults, many of us forget this.  We live our lives, rooted in the ordinary routine.  We might forget to stop and wonder what things would be like if we were other people, or acted in different ways.  We miss out on a rich buffet of possibilities.  Later, we see an opportunity and say “why didn’t I see that coming?  Why couldn’t I have taken advantage of that and live my dreams?”

We can get around this by pretending.

Taking a few moments to let your mind fly free, and imagine every detail about how things might be if circumstances were different can prepare you if things really do change.  Some might do this to roleplaying games, others through guided meditation, but daydreaming can be done most places, in just a few minutes, with no special equipment or partners. It’s also a form of meditation if you allow it to be.

If you take a moment and just wonder, pretend, it might open up doors to opportunity you never saw.  Who would you be if you could be anyone, do anything?  What would that feel like?  Is there something you can do right now that is more along those lines, instead of your mundane everyday?

Let’s pretend.

Art Exploration “Kitsune”

Cover final painting small

This is the second version of a cover painting I did for a novel I wrote.  I usually try to paint things that tell some kind of a story, but this was meant to be representational of some of the book content and hopefully somewhat intriguing to the casual viewer.

The novel was “The Dice of Fate,” a story about a young woman who was suddenly transported directly from her day job to a place that was like something from one of her roleplaying campaigns.  Early in the story, a little white Kitsune with three tails comes and helps her, and the theme of dice features prominently in the story.  Therefore, I chose to depict the kitsune, the ten sided die, and a hint of the long road she had to walk on foot to get to civilization.

I started (as usual) with the sky gradient.  The better the sky gradient, the better the foundation of the work.  Since this was acrylic, I could dispense any worry about the transparency of my layers.  With the trees I worked from dark to light, always keeping in mind that most trees have gray bark, not brown.  For highlighting, I used chalks and pencils in the final steps.

I was fairly pleased with the work.  If anyone wants to see it on the cover, feel free to click through to the link – and if anyone wants to buy it, it’s free for Kindle subscribers.  Just search the title “The Dice of Fate.”