Monday, 26 March 2012

Six Senses - Today at 3.36pm.

So there I was...planning on writing a post that would probably start with something along the lines of 'Sorry, I've not blogged for ages' when I realised something...I am blogging. I'm blogging every bloomin day...just not here! It sounds stupid to say but I honestly had no idea that doing a drawing a day would take up so much of my time (Yeah, I don't know why that hadn't occurred to me either *slaps self on forehead*). I think part of the problem is that I am writing about what I'm thinking and what I'm doing as a background to each picture so to then come here and write about what I'm thinking and what I'm doing seems a bit...well...repetitive which would be fine if I was, I don't know, a circus performer (no, I don't know why that popped into my head but I'm going with it) who travels all over the world meeting interesting people but I'm not...I'm a community engagement manager who travels to Tower Hamlets! I do, however, have a plan (be very afraid).

Last year, inspired by the lovely Fire Byrd, I did a post called 'Six Senses'. I really enjoyed writing it and, from the comments I got, you lot really enjoyed reading it. The idea is that you stop for five minutes and really pay attention to your surroundings...what you can see, touch, smell etc. So once a week I'm going to take five minutes to myself. I'm going to concentrate on that exact moment in time and I'm going to try and capture it. It solves the 'what the hell shall I blog about?' thing that has been bothering me, it will force me to stop and pay attention to my surroundings (which is always a good thing) and I think it will help me appreciate where I am right now rather than always thinking of the next thing I need to do (and hopefully it will make interesting reading). So I'm going to start right now

(Today at 3.36pm)

I can see:
my netbook which I have propped up on a cushion
the sun glinting off a hand carved wooden boat that was made for me in Thailand
a carved wooden elephant
a spider plant that is looking surprisingly green considering I keep forgetting to water it
a stack of books sitting on a dust covered table top
blue sky
cat nose smears on the window
dust motes swirling slowly in a shaft of sunlight
Lugs sprawled on his back letting the sun warm his stomach

I can hear:
the whirr of my computer
the rattle of a lorry as it makes its way up the hill
the fridge humming
Gai making his way down the stairs
someone laughing
a car door slam
Lugs yawning
the click of my netbook keys as I type
my breathing
the tick of a clock
Chris moving about in the bedroom

I can feel:
the weight and heat of the netbook on my lap
a slight breeze cooling my toes as it comes in through the window
the soft cashmire rug under my foot
the bottom half of my right leg starting to go numb because of the way I am sitting
the soft cotton of my top
a thread on the frayed bottom of my jeans lightly tickling my ankle
a stray hair touching my cheek

I can touch:
the smoothness of the netbook keys under my finger tips
the warmth of my netbook,
the slightly raised stitching of the cushion my netbook is sitting on
the smooth silk of the green cushion next to me
an ice cold can of Irn Bru next to me
a bead of condensation that is forming on the can

I can smell:
fresh air coming in through the window,
a hint of paint (someone somewhere must be decorating)
cut grass
the Issay Miyaki perfume that I put on this morning.

I can taste:
Irn Bru
a slight honey aftertaste left by my lipbalm

I'm hoping that these will get better the more I do them but I don't think that's too bad a start. Please remember that you can always visit me at Art Is Autobiographical if you want to see how the drawing is going...oh, and if you follow the blog you will automatically be entered into a competition to win an original drawing. I put all the names in a hat and select one at random ever month so you have a chance to win every month.


  1. Ohhh I remember writing one of these many months ago.. it really makes you stop and notice your surroundings doesn't it. Maybe I'll try it too, next time I'm stuck for .. something :-)

    J x

  2. Thanks Diane. Its nice to be back :-)

    Juniper - I remember you doing it too :-). Its nice to chill out and just take in our surroundings every so often!

    C x

  3. Carol: That is the secret! We should never forget to take in our surroundings. It is motivational.

  4. JJ - Your absolutely right! We should never forget to take in our surroundings but we do...we do all the time! I'm always rushing from one thing to the next trying to fit everything in and quite often forget just to stop and take in the here and now...but not any more :-)

    C x

  5. I also remember you doing this before. It's such a good idea. I found myself reading this post and then stopping and sensing everything here.

  6. It is not until we stop and think that we realise how lucky we are.

  7. Ayak - You should write a blog post about it! I would love to read about what you can see, here etc in your part of the world!

    Cheshire Wife - I couldn't agree with you more!

    C x

  8. This is a really good idea. I feel I can picture you there.

  9. Suburbia - I really enjoyed doing it! It is lovely to sit back and really pay attention to what is going on around you!

    C x

  10. Ooh like this.All I'm aware of this morning is the gale howling outside and the huge snow flakes fluttering about on the wind and the cold in my back as I write this.... More attention to detail I think like.... go feed myself breakfast!

  11. Fire Byrd - Thanks for the inspiration! If it wasn't for you then I wouldn't have come up with my master plan!

    Wind and snow urgh! It doesn't fill anyone with the joys of life does it! We've been told snow is on the way but so far it's just grey and a bit miserable looking!

    Go have something yummy and warming for your breakfast :-)

    C x


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