In the past, I’ve mentioned how I’ve been so busy I can barely breathe, much less plan. My life recently changed. I’m now in a new job with traditional hours. The effect on me was immediate.
Now every week I have two days off in a row – Saturday AND Sunday. It feels like a vacation every week.
It took a while before I stopped manically checking my phone for work messages that needed to be answered right away. On day three I started to ask my new manager for the codes so I could retrieve my emails remotely. That’s when I realized I didn’t have any urgent messages: Everything can wait until the next business day. My shoulders dropped just thinking about that.
The best part of my new job is that I can plan again since I have weekends off and I know what time I’m going to be getting off work each day.
[Author’s Note: That is a big fat lie – the best part of my new job is I’m learning wonderful new skills … and they pay me to fill out forms! That is a Tammy dream job.]
I’m trying to pace myself and not over-extend my newly-found free time. I’m so glad I wrote out that list of things I would do in my spare time.
I have already done one of the items: Dr. Sketchy’s anti-art class. I attended this last past Saturday. While it was fun, I was out of my element. My art background consisted of one quarter at a university extension class nearly a decade ago. I liked learning to truly see what was in front of me. As I was sitting in front of my first ever live model, I realized why that beginning art class didn’t have us drawing people: It’s hard!
In my one class, I was used to having an hour or so for an in-class project and spending hour upon hour for my homework. The longest we had for any drawing at Dr. Sketchy’s was 15 minutes. I didn’t end up completing a single drawing, and for most of the poses I didn’t get a single line on the page.
Here is the single page with my first four drawings, each of which was one minute long:
To give you a feel for what I was seeing, here is a shot of one of the one minute poses in a later set when the model had switched out of her mermaid costume.
Yes, at first I was incredibly frustrated. Then I got into the spirit and enjoyed where I was and that I was doing something that I had wanted to do for ages. That is when I started taking pictures of the model so I could try a sketch when I had all the time in the world. I will go again, after I get my skills up some.
Speaking of which, the set decoration gave me an idea of what would help me get to where I would feel comfortable going back:
It’s on my birthday list for DH2U.
What was the last item you were able to check off your “I’d really like to do that” list? or What skill would you like to build upon?