Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thinking about my spare time...

Blogging has been one of the best things I've done with my spare time. It is not 'the best', but up there. It came initially as a response to Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters website, then books, then Yahoo group. All these things got me moving again. Moving led me on to blogging. Blogging led me to view the Internet in a whole new light.

Now I have filled my spare time to the brim! I'm the busiest and happiest I've been in a long time! I'm working 'full time' (my definition of full-time tends to differ from others - but it is full-time to me!) and studying full-time. I'm about to get a bit more real about that and cut back to 4 days a week work because my study has become so important to me.

So my spare time is practically non-existant. This is a reality I have always dreaded. I'm a 'spare time' freak. I must have it. I must be able to do, create, make, dabble in my spare time. I go nuts if I don't have it.

But I'm not nuts. I love it. My non-spare time is filled with things I love doing. I don't want to slow down. I want to speed up! I want more. I'm getting more. I'm doing more. I love more! I've always been a fervent upholder of what I've called 'the extraordinary found in the ordinary everyday'. Danny Gregory was right when he said every day matters.

Note:
For the purpose of acknowledging chronology, these blind contour drawings of Roly have been inserted in the order they were drawn, not the order they appear in my Moleskine.

9 comments:

Laura said...

These are wonderful, so full of life and affection. There's nothing like blind contour to express joy, I think. I'm very happy you're in such a fruitful period---long may it last! Happy new year!

AnastasiaC said...

A wonderful post - I can totaly relate to the having no spare time but I love that too! I love being creative again...and seeing things in a different way!
Oh and yes I remember those thong leotards!! eeekk!!!

Casey said...

I love your drawing/journaling style! Your dog sketches are just so full of expression, and so playful. I hope to see more of your work.

janey said...

I like these, especially the one where the line turns to letters. Excellent. And I was just wonderng, do you have any photos of Roly posted here by any chance?

martha said...

Wonderful line drawings! I feel like I really get his gestures from these.

Linda said...

How fantastic it is to be busy with things we most love to do -- life is then at it's best, as you have so richly described! YAY!
:-)

Alison said...

Lovely drawings - may the year bring many pleasures and may you continue to notice them.

Renate said...

Great post! Makes me want to jump up and do something great and important!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

These are REALLY good. You have some really good ideas - which makes your work quite refreshing.