Being creative is truly a wonderful thing. I get annoyed with people who ask me, since I’ve retired, “what do you do all day?”
What Do You Do All Day?
They have visions of me, getting up at midday, scratching my bum and sitting in front of the television until gone midnight. Did I forget picking my nose, too? It is the complete opposite of what I do. I’m one of those people who are commonly known as a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none.’ A flibbity gibbet is another description. What is certain is that there are never enough hours in the day to do all of the things I want to do.
Brooklyn Art Gallery Sketchbook Project
My eldest daughter gave me a small sketchbook for Christmas. A delightful little thing contained in its own colourful pouch. It’s part of the Brooklyn Gallery Sketchbook Project in New York. The idea is to fill each page with a sketch using any medium you want, although they recommend you don’t use oils or acrylics as the pages stick together. When you have filled the book, you send it back to the gallery and they archive it together with the thousands of other sketchbooks from around the world. There’s a cut off date in August 2020.
So, first thing in the morning (at the moment) I’m usually sketching. When that’s done I will probably pick up my guitar and either practice or learn a new song for the monthly ‘Open Mic’ at the local watering hole. By the time I’ve finished sketching and guitar playing it’s lunchtime. The afternoon will be taken up with the maintenance of my blogs, including this one and perhaps setting out a new story or two. As darkness descends, I switch on Photoshop or Gimp and start laying out artwork that I would like to produce. They are very creative programmes and the only barriers are your imagination.
Now we’re into the evening and I’m probably still at the laptop either digital drawing or blogging. Never a dull moment. Of course, it’s pretty easy to do all of this during the winter months when there’s little to be done outside. Once the Spring arrives though, a lot of my sketching and painting will go on hold as I tend to build or repairing fences and making the garden nice again. I keep all of my interior decorating jobs to the summertime too.
Years ago, I mean aeons ago, there was a particularly stressful period in my life when I needed to relax, but couldn’t afford money for leisure things etc. I found some cheap roles of second-hand wool in a charity shop and started knitting. All I did was cast on a row of stitches and kept knitting, row after row using the cheap, second-hand wool. Eventually, I ended up with a scarf of many colours that stretched all around the house, upstairs and back down. It was so heavy and when I rolled it up, it took up so much room I kept it under the dining room table.
All You Need Is Pencil and Paper
Eventually, I couldn’t add any more to it and I and the children unravelled every stitch. We rolled the wool back into their original balls and donated them back to the local charity shops. It got me through a difficult period in my life, just using my hands and being creative. I’ve never been one to sit back all day and do nothing. I know I’m fortunate to be creative, without it, my life would be so dull. There’s so much more that I would like to do, but I am happy and content doing the things I do now. If you ever want to pass a morning by quickly, pick up a pencil and piece of paper and draw. It costs next to nothing and you can lose yourself or find yourself, I’m not sure which. Enjoy.
This story was prompted by the Weekly Prompts challenge: Home Crafts
The Brooklyn Art Gallery Sketchbook Project