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Busy Doing Nothing

May 24, 2012

Ever since spring arrived, I’ve felt like I’ve been incredibly busy, doing absolutely nothing at all. It’s just so nice to have all the windows wide open again after such a long winter. The warmth of the spring air on my skin and in my lungs, and the scent of damp earth seems to have a kind of mental re-hydration effect on me. On the flip side, it also gives me a case of ‘seasonal’ attention deficit disorder. I’m not sure if that’s an actual ‘thing’, but it if is, I’ve got it.

My studio floor is littered with half-done winter projects that I haven’t been able to focus on long enough to complete them. I tried in vain to switch task between them, but that only aggravated the ‘busy doing nothing’ mood. Resolved to push through the distracting visual clutter, I swept the half-done creative tangents under the carpet. Out of sight, out of mind. The clean slate was a much needed illusion, helping to recalibrate my creative focus. Unfinished projects, when weighted down by lethargy dust, are sometimes best left undisturbed.

Miraculously I did finish a new sketch from start to finish, as seen below. I’m happy with the progress I made, however it appears my plan only half worked (go figure!). I did this drawing on low grade manila paper, which is a shame because I like it enough to want to re-do it on a higher grade paper. So it looks like it’s back to the half-done pile I go.


Detail of a sketch of a girl with her head in the clouds.

A sketch of a girl with her head in the clouds.
© 2012, Dana Aubrey

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2012 7:19 pm

    Always use the best materials you can lay your hands on and never underestimate the value of your time. You are quite talented. Your work deserves that respect.

    • May 28, 2012 8:01 am

      Thank you kindly for encouragement. I never thought of it as underestimating my time – but you are right. Wise words indeed.

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