Originally I started off thinking that this would be one of those posts where I tell you 10 things about me you don’t know and it would all be very witty and interesting. The reality was that I just didn’t think half of it was actually even slightly witty or interesting, but I started rambling about the first thing on the list for long enough that it needed its own post, so here we are! (I’m not sure if it’s just me, but every time I write posts about myself and not my outfits etc I do wonder who on earth would read it. Clothes feel much more exciting.)
Anyway, truth be told, I don’t have many hidden talents. I can’t even wink. In fact, apart from what I’m about to talk about I can’t think of much I can do that feels like a special skill – other than retain endless encyclopaedic knowledge of online clothes catalogues. But that’s probably because I spend too much of my life looking at online clothes catalogues… and I bet the information about where to buy a red skirt has pushed out something useful like… maths.
Anyway, the one thing I can do that I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned on this blog: I can draw. I particularly love drawing people – I love capturing expressions and the immense satisfaction of getting a good likeness. It’s something I’ve had a knack for since I was little and it was always that one thing that marked me out among my classmates (er, apart from how notoriously bad I was at any kind of physical activity/sport and my outstanding ability to be picked last for every team).
|A 15-minute sketch of B from the other week|
But while I can draw, I rarely ever do it now. In fact, the first time I’ve sat down to draw in over three years was for the above picture, sketched on holiday entirely because I’d just won a sparkly pen in an arcade machine and couldn’t work on my blog for either writing or taking photos (internet connection and weather being too bad). Isn’t that a curious coincidence…? And it turns out I technically was working on my blog as now it’s become a visual in this post (is nothing sacred?!).
I think I’m one of those people who can’t have too many hobbies – not creative ones, at least. That exists right? Or am I just lazy? I love writing this blog, but if I’m honest it is completely all-consuming when it comes to my free time. I’m constantly thinking about it, or content creating, or tweaking code, or answering emails etc etc and by the time I’ve spent hours at the weekend doing bits and pieces for it, all I want to do is internet window shop and Netflix. I currently think of it practically as a second job – just one I love doing (well, apart from the crippling boredom of alt tagging pictures – but no job’s perfect). But nonetheless, I already have a full-time job that I additionally spend a lot of time commuting to, so when you add my non-official blogging job in, there aren’t many hours in the day.
Let’s compare the quick sketch above with the last artistic thing I did, just before this blog began, for effort levels…
|Apologies, she doesn’t photograph very well and looks washed out here, but you get the gist…|
Yeah. That one took a while. (And unfortunately didn’t completely succeed on likeness, so points if you know who it is without having to go through an elimination process. I’m not as good with paint as simple sketching! Take my word for it that the sketch of B above is far more accurate.)
So while I might now try to consciously pick up a pencil a bit more so that I don’t lose the knack completely, there’s a part of me that knows that while this blog’s around and I’m working I probably won’t be making the most of my one real talent that until this point in my life was one of the defining things about me. Unless you count putting the occasional cute outfit together as a talent…?
Do any of my fellow bloggers feel like your blog has pushed out things you used to enjoy doing? Perhaps it’s not unique to bloggers – maybe it’s an adult thing when life gets in the way…
Although, not all of us seem to be deterred, as fellow blogger Bonita’s proved recently! Running a blog and having three children hasn’t held this lady back from her artistic pursuits… Frankly she’s putting my one-sketch-in-three-years to shame – she’s even found time to draw me, of all people! Not to mention Jessica (Chronically Vintage), Nora (Nora Finds) and Harlow (Vintage at Heart) too. I simply couldn’t talk about art in this post without applauding this project and her superior multitasking skills!
|© Teacup Girl Art|
And if you think these illustrations are as cute as I do, you should check out Bonita’s brand new Teacup Girl Art website and find out more about what she’s up to. I love the idea of celebrating stylish ladies like this (am I allowed to refer to myself as stylish??) – and that you can buy all manner of merchandise with the illustrations on. Quite frankly, why wouldn’t you want me on your iPhone/mug/cushion? (Don’t answer that.)