November 19, 2013

Autumn Red

There are still a few remnants of autumn colors hanging around the northwest, and seeing these little red berries in a parking lot inspired me to do a pen and marker sketch with all the glorious fall colors.

The Matador article of the week is by David Cain and reading it literally gave me shivers.
In the article he talks about coming back to a 9-5 after traveling the world and how the 8 hour work day is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in 8 hours (the average office worker gets less than 3 hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.  We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.
Reading this gives me renewed passion for freelancing or doing volunteer work and being able to have the freedom to have a satisfying life.

On a happier note, I have been having a lot of fun checking out funny holiday cards.