Saturday, September 11, 2010

Stuff I Wish I Did More Often

A Bit of Me(Me) is hosted by Danielle of There's a Book.

Well, since the topic for this week made it very clear these things we do in our spare time don't have to be talents, I thought I'd post some things that I really wish I did more often, but which I do occasionally get around to.  

The first one is something I started really working hard at during high school.  In my AP art classes, I began really changing the way I drew and painted, putting in hours of work on technique and style, which is when I figured out my best medium is watercolor.  I'm also pretty sure that was the last time I peaked in my talent.  Most of what I have done since then (which, I assure you, is not very much) was for family, who tend to tell me it's great even if it's not.  But, here are a few pieces I'm fairly proud of:






(The irony of these photos is not lost on me - they are wretchedly bad shots of something supposed to be artsy.)  I was reluctant to post them, since it seems like a big fat "validate me" type of thing, so feel free not to say nice things about my art (but don't say not nice things about it, please).  :)

The second thing I wish I did more is write.  I've always loved to write little bits of story or even essays in high school (I was such a nerd).  And, once again, it's fallen pretty much to the bottom of my list of things I do.  I have made some resolutions in recent years (including this one) to actually sit down and write out some of my ideas for stories.  I haven't gotten too far, but I'm making baby steps.  Sometime I might actually finish something and feel satisfied. 

So, what do you do (or wish you did) in your spare time?

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  1. I actually thought that these were all really good! I've always wished I were more artistic but it just doesn't seem to be my thing :) I do wish I had more time to cross stitch and scrapbook which are two hobbies I enjoy but RARELY (and I mean very rarely) do.

  2. Well, I liked them too. I cannot draw, sketch, or paint, but several people in my family can!

    I do write, though, and I create a lot of blogs!

    Here's what I wrote today:

    Click my name for the link....

  3. Wow, I think they are awesome! And I'm not just saying that! :) Really.

    I've always thought it would be fun to write too, I mean really write. But I decided to totally give up that idea awhile back. I don't have near enough courage or faith in myself, or something. I hope you do keep taking the baby steps! Very cool.

  4. Not just to be validating - but those are really good. I WISH I could be artsy and make things that look nice that people would want to display.

  5. I love your paintings and am so jealous that you can work with watercolors! I have never been able to get the hang of them and trust me, it is not for lack of trying.


  6. Thank you all for your kind comments!

    samantha, I very rarely get a chance to paint. Or write. But, I still listed them as hobbies, so I'm sure your cross-stitching and scrapbooking count!

    Laurel-Rain, I'm not sure I have enough ability to maintain my two blogs (one personal, which I update about once a month...)!

    Suey, I'm with you on the faith in myself. I haven't sat and written something non-bloggish in a long time. I hope you decide to come back to it sometime!

    Jessi, thank you! It's only my family that likes to display it, so I don't know how universal that appeal is...

    Gwen, really that's the only medium that I can get things to turn out ok. I used to love pencil, because you could do much more detail, but never ever oil or other kinds of paint.

  7. How gorgeous! I'm completely jealous! I am NOT an artist in this respect, although I can definitely appreciate those who are talented in this area. I also didn't know before seeing this, but I'm guessing you must be Mormon (so am I! :o)) and I love love love the one of the Temple, as well as the one right below it. Just beautiful!

    I know exactly what you mean about finishing something and feeling satisfied. It's so hard, especially with my writing and music to feel like "I'm done". I always manage to find something to nit pick every little thing. Oh, the life of a perfectionist! :o)

  8. 1stdaughter, thank you :) And yes, I am Mormon (I think I knew you were, but can't remember how I knew). For certain, trying to make things perfect is the hardest part about accomplishing something.

  9. I love these! I think the perspective in them is pretty cool. You should definitely draw more!

  10. Thank you, Amanda! All of these positive comments have made me want to do more drawing and painting.


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