My Summer Vacation

Stone House

The Stone House

Last week was my summer vacation. That is nine straight days from work, that I really needed. I knew that I could not leave town, due to a few other previous plans.
I put weeks of work into planning my vacation.

Here were my requirements for my potential vacation activity:

  1. Should not involve too far of a drive
  2. Nothing too physical
  3. Should involve some outdoor activity
  4. Must be cheap
  5. Should involve being around people
  6. Should be different from my normal daily life
  7. Should involve my spouse, and my doggy

In the end, I decided to sit out and sketch and paint watercolors for several hours every single day.  I sat in pleasant places, sometimes alone, or sometimes with my wife and dog.  I happily sketched, and exchanged pleasant greetings with passers-by.  I ended up in a very nice mental place.

I have never truly applied myself to drawing from life before.  But, I have spent a lifetime making art, and thinking about design.  I am happy with my rudimentary attempts.  I am pleased that I used a 2 dollar set of children’s watercolors with a free brush.

What a joy to simply sit, and see, and watch the world go by.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kat
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:44:30

    Is that your painting? It’s very cool! Recently my middle child took on water colors and I’ve really enjoyed seeing what he creates. I find that sitting in one place and observing what’s going on around me inspires me to write. 🙂

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  2. The Final Rinse
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:19:50

    I agree that it can be inspiring to just sit and observe.
    The advantage of a park bench, as compared to say a cafe table, is that the bench is free, and there are no tempting desserts around 🙂

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  3. Widdershins
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 22:26:48

    Watching the world go by ought’a be an Olympic event. More people just might take it up!
    Glad to hear you had a restful time 😀

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