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Olaunis
From Earth to Cloudcuckooland...
I have a Fine Arts Degree, and I am working as a Technical and Artistic Drawing teacher in high school centres. I would like so much to expand this little universe of works... But time isn´t enough for me.

Current Residence: Jaén, Andalucía, Spain, Europe, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way
Favourite genre of music: House, Rock, Jazz, Chill Out, OST, Classic, Oldies (from 60s to now)
Favourite style of art: Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: iPod Video 30G
Personal Quote: Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. (Oscar Wilde)
Interests
  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: Oriental Wind, by Joe Hisaishi
  • Reading: Trinity Blood novels
  • Watching: The Pillars of the Earth and Downton Abbey Season2
  • Eating: Homemade cake from the institute cafe
  • Drinking: Hot chocolate
Why the title? Ok, because I almost feel as Julie Andrews in that movie, in that first scene, when she is running on the high mountain. Why? You´ll see soon...

Here I am, almost one year after my last journal entry. And yet I have visited regularly every week this page. But I didn´t have enough time to upload things. Now, with the little group of deviations from this weekends, I think it´s time, at least, to say something new.

Again, I´m working in a new place. Last year it was in a maritime town in the south east of Spain). And now, I am in a small town submerged in a valley accomodated between three mountain ranges. It´s called Ubrique, in the region of Cadiz (very well known for its leather articles for great firms like Prada, Chanel… and bullfighting culture) For Twilight fans, this place is very near to another town, which is known to be the Spanish Forks (or at least, it can be counted in the top 10 of rainiest places). But here, weather is a little different. Of course, there is humidity, and rainy winters. But everybody here says the spring will be beautiful.

Because, what can you think, when you find a landscape like this? When I go out, to the institute´s playground, and while I watch my students strolling and goofing around, I can´t avoid feeling always surprised. In a whole 360 degrees range, you only see heights, heights and more heights around you. There can also be seen lots of tawny vultures, a protected species in this region. And, in spring, you can get to see the most marvellous blue skies. I´m looking forward to april to come.

But, on the counterpart, I would like the winter to last longer. This year it´s the turn to go again for those big exams to get my post as a teacher (this will be the third time I try). Meanwhile, it´s great to get a job, because this is giving me points of experience and qualification. However, it´s hard to study and work at the same time.

In spite of the hard days, the rest of my life is great here. The institute it´s exactly the opposite of the previous one. Last year, I worked with other 100 teachers, and this year we are only 27. I always get that "Doll-house- like" sensation. Everything is small and you get to know places and people quite easily. People is very nice and willing to help anytime, and the kids are also even nicer than in other places. As for my colleagues from work, I´ve managed to have a little group of young ones, and we usually meet to have some drinks or dinners. That´s one of the greatest things of this work. Being a teacher provides you with tons of work that get to stress you, but the key is forgetting everything at 15.00 pm, when the classes end. But the experiences you gain are priceless: new places where you wouldn´t never be otherwise, nice people with the same problems and interests as you, friends to visit in their cities when they are on vacation...

OK, this is not a diary, but I wanted to say why I don´t have any free time to make my own drawings. The ultimate news are my recent sketches about Trinity Blood. This entire month of November has been the month where I´ve got to know these series. They are OK, with good characters and interesting plots. But nothing more apart to say. This is sad. I can´t do anything. My head is full of drawings and I have so many rough sketches everywhere in my folders and table and drawers… Studies and work have me hand-tied. Better times are yet to come.
In July… Oh, July…

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Que a qué viene el título? Bueno, pues porque a veces casi me siento como Julie Andrews en la primera escena de "Sonrisas y Lágrimas", cuando sale corriendo por la cumbre del monte ése que siempre me da vértigo mirar... Que por qué? Pronto lo veréis.

Aquí estoy, casi un año después de mi última entrada del Journal. Ya me daba vergüenza verla, pero es que cuando una no se pone a actualizar, es que no se pone. Y mira que me paso por dA casi todos los días, pero ni por ésas. Aunque ahora que he podido sacar un poquito de tiempo para subir dibus, al menos intentar cambiar esto.

De nuevo, estoy trabajando en un sitio distinto. E año pasado fue en un pueblo de costa en el sureste de España. Y ahora, en otro pueblo inmerso en un valle acomodado entre tres cadenas montañosas. Se llama Ubrique, en la región de Cádiz (muy conocido por sus artículos de piel para grandes firmas como Prada o Chanel y la cultura del toreo) Para los fans de Crepúsculo, este lugar está muy cerca de otro pueblo que está entre los diez más lluviosos de España. Vaya, un Forks andaluz. Pero aquí el clima es algo distinto. Por supuesto, hay humedad y mucho frío, pero luego aquí la gente dice que la primavera será preciosa.

Porque, ¿qué puedes pensar, cuando te encuentras montañas y cerros a donde quiera que mires? Cuando salgo al patio del instituto en los recreos, mientras observo a mis alumnos paseando y haciendo el idiota, no puedo evitar sorprenderme siempre. En un círculo de 360º, solamente ves monte, bosque, piedra y más monte. También pueden verse un montón de buitres leonados, una especie protegida en la región. Y, en primavera, puedes ver los cielos azules más bonitos que hay. Estoy deseando que llegue abril.

Pero, por otro lado, quisiera que el invierno durara más. Este año me toca estudiar de nuevo las oposiciones para sacar plaza al fin (será el tercer intento). Mientras, es estupendo tener trabajo, porque me está dando experiencia y puntos. Sin embargo, es duro estudiar y trabajar a la vez. Apenas tengo tiempo de hacer mis propias cosas, pero cada día intento sacar al menos, un ratito de descanso.

A pesar de los tiempos difíciles, el resto de mi vida es buena aquí. El instituto es justo lo contrario al del año pasado. Aquél fue un centro de 100 profesores, y este año somos 27. Siempre tengo esa sensación de estar en una casa de muñecas, donde todo es pequeño y conoces a la gente y los lugares con rapidez. La gente es muy amable y siempre está dispuesta a echarte una mano. Y los alumnos son incluso mejores que en otros sitios en los que he estado. Hay algunos grupos que "hablan y hacen demasiado el idiota", pero no hay grandes problemas de disciplina.

Luego he podido hacerme un pequeño grupo de amistades entre mis compañeros de curro, y salimos de cervezas y tapas. Es una de las mejores cosas de este trabajo. Llega a estresar, pero la clave es olvidarte de todo cuando dan las 15.00 y vuelves a casa. Las experiencias que ganas no tienen precio: nuevos lugares donde de otro modo nunca podrías estar, gente simpática con tus mismos problemas e intereses, gente a la que visitar en sus ciudades en vacaciones… Te vas dejando amigos repartidos por todos lados.

Vale, esto no es un diario, pero no creo que sea malo comentar por qué narices parece que no doy señales de vida. Aunque de vez en cuando he subido algún dibujo. Sobre todo, la semana pasada, con los de Trinity Blood. Es una serie que está bien, tiene sus buenos personajes y ciertos puntos buenos. Pero aparte de eso, poco más. Esto es un asco. La cabeza me bulle con doscientos dibujos, tengo repartidos bocetos por todos lados y no puedo abarcar nada. No puedo dispersarme. En fin, ya llegarán tiempos mejores.
En Julio… Oh, sí… En Julio!!!!

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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My dearest, my very best wishes for Christmas and this new year! May joy be by your side!! A huge hug!!Neko Emoji-05 (Rolling) 
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Olaunis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Dear Shu! I´m so happy to read your messages, also the one from Birthday! Sorry for this late comment, but these are busy days. But I still remember my dA friends and I can use some time to write them! 

I am very thankful for your greetings and wishes. I had a great birthday, with Christmas parties and stuff. This is the good part of having your birthday in these beautiful days, when people is getting ready for this magical and emotional date.

I also hope you are spending a wonderful Christmas with your family, friends and loved ones. I hope 2014 brings you new projects, good luck in finding a great job and more hopes to persevere in achieving your goals. I´ll be cheering for you in the distance, hehehe!

So, have a great time and my best wishes for this new Year. Happy 2014!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dearie! As usual, you don't have to worry at all, I'm in the same situation, there's never enough time to take care of things on DA, but I would never forget your birthday!
I'm happy you've had some good vacations in this lovely Christmas atmosphere :heart: I hope you've had a great New Years' Eve too!
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your sweet wishes. :') My best greetings for you too, have a wonderful 2014, may all of your desires come true! (just not in Fuuma's fashion. His way of fulfilling desires isn't the best) I hope things are going smoothly with your job, and that everty problem will work out fine for you, your friends and your family. A huge hug!!! :ladummyhug: 

(PS: I'm taking classes to become a turist guide and there's a guy from Huelva amongst my colleagues. Makes me think of you! ^^)
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Olaunis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
whoa! That´s great news! I´m sure your knowledgement in art will help you. And I would really love if someday I went to Firenze and I could have you as my touristic guide. Its so fun to know you have a colleague from Huelva, hehehe! Some days ago, two friends of mine were there and in Rome too, to enjoy the New Years´Eve celebrations. And I also made a trip to Edinburgh with some friends at the beginning of December. Is a marvellous city, totally recommendable! But it´s best to go on summer, when there are a lot of street festivals and cultural events going on.

I hope this new stage will be good for you. I´ll be cheering from the distance.

Hugssss!!!
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Hemlock-the-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello my dear Friend,
I wish you a Merry Christmas, full of joy for your and your whole family and friends  :heart:
Peace on Earth !
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Olaunis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
thank you so much! Also, thanks a lot for the birthday message! You are very kind. I also wish for you to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with all your beloved ones, friends and family!
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Hemlock-the-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot !
Best wishes for your artworks !

Your faithfully :hug:
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Hemlock-the-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello,

I wish you an happy Birthday, full of joy and presents with your whole family and friends :heart: (And don't forget the Birthday Cake :))

See you soon :hug:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la My very best wishes for your birthday, my dearest! Wooooah! Have a great time! A warm and fuzzy hug from yours truly!! Neko Emoji-03 (Good Morning) 
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ishali Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconishafaveplz3::iconishafaveplz4: gracias por el fave :D
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