Life Recipe: a new drawing!

It’s been a while since I actually made a drawing—a real drawing. I mean, I’ve been doing a little drawing, but it has been a while since I’ve actually come up with a full idea and made it into a full drawing. It’s been even longer since I did something with words. Well, I set out to change that earlier this week, and here’s what came of it:

“Life Recipe,” pen and ink, 8 x 10 inches, prints available in my shop here

I called this piece “Life Recipe,” because it sounds like a recipe to me—it’s a simple list of instructions that, if really followed, adds up to much more than the sum of its parts.

I wonder, can it really be this simple? Can you open your heart and let the world pour into you, and then live in appreciation of it? I would like to think you can. Maybe this is one of those recipes that is really hard the first time (or the first few times), but once you get the hang of it, it’s so easy. Or once you develop the skills, then you can truly see the beauty of it.

I wish it was as simple as learning how to chop an onion, or make some pasta, or even flambé—but all of these messy thoughts get in the way, my ego gets in the way. As always, I am trying to learn the skills: letting go, accepting what is, forgiving myself for not being perfect, just breathing and appreciating life. I think if you can really live in this recipe—if you can really let the world pour into you and be with it, you will have the most simply beautiful life. Maybe you in fact don’t need any skills at all, maybe you just need to be open and allow it to happen. Maybe it’s the trying that really interferes.

With that I say—let’s take a breath together, let the sky pour into our hearts, and feel the world twinkling.

Happy weekend to you!

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3 Responses to “Life Recipe: a new drawing!”


  1. 1 rachel awes September 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i LOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEE this!!!
    great instructions!
    ohhhhh, it’s so lovely
    in here
    w/the sky pouring in
    & seeing
    all
    these
    twinkling
    lights!
    xoxox

  2. 2 Geoff M. Pope September 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Baloo, from *The Jungle Book*,
    wholeheartedly agrees! —

    “Look for the bare necessities
    The simple bare necessities
    Forget about your worries and your strife
    I mean the bare necessities
    Old Mother Nature’s recipes
    With just the bare necessities of life”

  3. 3 Kerri September 11, 2010 at 2:23 am

    So beautiful Nicole x


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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