First World Dog Problem #30


Tower of Comte

The Tower of Comte is one of the 9 remaining towers on the island of Ibiza. These 16th and 18th century structures were built to protect the island from pirates. Each tower was apparently built within viewing distance from one another so they could alert each other via fire, if a pirate ship was approaching the island. This particular one, also known as En Rovira Tower, is said to have be transformed into a home and the walls are 10 feet thick. I wonder how they designed the inside, especially considering the small number of windows. Mind you the view from the top must be phenomenal. 


Rich Artist Poor Artist

I recently started a new blog to accompany my book project : Making Sense of the Science of Getting Rich, and decided to add some quick simple sketches to go with my posts. Being very visual, I prefer to have an image with my article when I post something. The above sketch was for an article entitled Rich Artist Poor Artist. If you haven't guessed it, it's a play on the Rich Dad Poor Dad book. In the article I essentially touch on the "starving artist" belief system. To illustrate my thoughts on the matter, I drew two artists (one rich, one poor) with seemingly the same skill level but with two completely different attitude, which affect their body language and eventually their income. 

Es Vedrà

Es Vedrà still comes to my mind from time to time, so I decided to do another virtual plein air painting of the island, this time viewed from Cala d'Hort, a nearby beach. It's apparently a very popular beach in the summer, but the area is not super developed. There are a couple fisherman sheds on one side and an area for people to lounge and take in the view. Apparently a developer was planning to build a 420-room hotel and golf course in the area back in the 90s but the locals managed to put a stop to it. I can understand how silly it would be to add a golf course in that area, but it might be great to figure out a way to accommodate a certain amount of people while respecting the environment. 



Last night, I ventured in Iceland on Google map and discovered Svartifoss, which is a beautiful waterfall located at the Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland. The falls are surrounded by tall basal honeycomb shaped colums of dark lava. Their straight edges make them look like they were man-made. Apparently they tend to break off faster then it would take for the water to smooth out the edges. As a result, there also tends to be quite a few straight edge rock at the bottom. This is not the only site with this type of rock formation. There are a couple other falls in Iceland with the same type of rock formation around it and well as mountains in other locations such as the Giant Causeway in Northern Ireland, at the Devil's Tower in the United States, and at the island of Staffa in Scotland. 


Road to the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve

MJ SKETCHBOOK Virtual Plein Air Peru Yauros District

I recently joined a fun facebook group called Virtual Plein Air, where the objective is to share painting from sketches made based on a random locations found using Google Map. What a great idea! It's a great way to keep practicing watercolors and to virtually travel at the same time. Of course I had to give it a try and found this beautiful place in the Yauyos Province of Peru. It interesting to see how much space is still to be revealed on Google map. This road leads to the Reserva Paisajística Nor Yauyos-Cochas (Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve) but the virtual tour stops here. Hopefully, they will continue to document this area all the way to the reserve at some point in the near future.



I was trying to think of something interesting to draw and played around with the hummingbird. I have yet to see one in real life but I find them fascinating. They're like a mix between a bug and a bird and come in a wide range of colour and style. Not sure where this is going, but the most important thing is that I drew something. Maybe I'll do a couple more at a certain point in the future. 


Book Cover Design : Chair Yoga

Book Cover Design Chair Yoga
Book Cover Design Chair Yoga

I'm currently working on a fun new yoga book with yoga therapist Adam Quang. We've been playing around with the look of the book covers and so far came up with a couple mock-ups including the two shown above. This book will encompass Adam's  20+ years of experience teaching yoga with a focus on back care. It will benefit people who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk and people with reduced mobility, as well as people who are curious about yoga therapy. Be sure to visit aqubalance3.com for more information on this upcoming book.