In celebration of the first official Veg Out and Be Artsy Day (Oct. 1, from hence forth), I whipped out the ole' Winston & Newton watercolors and added about ten items to my stack of small "finished product" pictures. I literally needed time to do a little art.
Why small, you might ask? This year, I'm sharing the wee bit I know about painting with some lovely kidderoonies. My goal for this class is to avoid boring them to tears (where possible) and jumping right into actually doing the fun stuff - the actual art. Hey, I was a kid once...I think I was, anyhow. If I remember that correctly, kids are all about the art and supplies; skip the yada yada.
Rising to the occasion - I will make this fun! Consequently, projects need to be paired with focused skills and I need to do test runs. The project of the day needs to be small and easy to complete, so I time myself to see how long each project takes to finish. However long that may be, I double the estimate. With only an hour long class each week, the time flies by. You might also be surprised - oh, please say you're surprised - at how weird and nerdy I look with my specs sliding down my nose, timer in one hand, paintbrush in the other, and watching the timer like I'm working with the bomb squad.
|Mouseketeer Van Gogh, BuzzFeed.com|
Timing myself goes against my very nature when you're talking about art or crafts or even blogging. I love to linger over projects. I'd hate to have to time everything; as a matter of fact, I'd hate to punch a time clock again. That's another form of timing yourself. Timing yourself and pushing to the finish line, so to speak, can be a drag. Lingering is so much better.
But, it did take fifteen minutes to blog this.