As a young child I went through a phase where I would spend hours drawing (maybe tracing) vehicles and then I would pick one every so often that I would colour in and give to someone. I do not remember many of the vehicles or who I may have given them too but I do remember one motorcycle that I drew, coloured, and sent to work with my Mother for her boss. I always wanted a ride on his motorcycle.
Then for many years I drew every so often, usually in secret and only for a few people to see. Yet, I have always been drawn to art, the sketching version. So, last week, as I decided that February was going to be dedicated to creativity, I picked up a sketch book, a learn to draw book, a couple drawing pencils, sharpened my pencil crayons and started the journey.
It was timely. Over the holidays one friend purchased a pocket vintage colouring book for me and more recently another friend bought me a postcard colouring book (I really enjoy snail mail) and pencil crayons in a cute cloth rollable holder. Clearly even my friends knew I needed a little push to activate my creative side.
My goal is to return to the basics. To learn how to use the various sized pencils efficiently and to spend a little quiet time each evening either drawing or colouring. Not only do I think that drawing and colouring provides a space for my body to calm itself and to unwind from the active day I likely had but I also think that many individuals are losing the ability to connect through paper and pen(cil).
For me, I find I think better when I am not in front of a screen. I spend more time reflecting on what I am writing instead of writing and constantly deleting. And perhaps a part of that is laziness in not wanting to carry around or use an eraser or getting frustrated when I have to cross out inked words, but more so it is because my hand moves at a rate more succinct with my brain. They work together versus my brain trying to catch up to my fingers. It may be odd to think about but I do think technology has changed the speed of our lives, our ability to remain focused and concentrate on one thing at a time, and to enjoy what we are doing.
I am hoping that connecting with creativity will help slow down my mind and body just a little bit and to allow myself to enjoy each activity, project, connection, and conversation I engage in. Perhaps by the end of February I will have even drawn something I am proud enough to share online. Do not wait too patiently though, you may be waiting a lot longer than you would like for that to happen!
Happy Creative February everyone!