Sunday, August 20, 2006

A week of Sundays

"To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying."
-Legolas' Song of the Sea (The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien)

Usually Sundays are a day that I can relax a little and spend time catching up and wandering, exploring new places or rediscovering old ones and getting ready mentally to start my work week on Monday. Today was no different in some ways. I wandered down to the harbour and found it populated by lots of gulls, mostly herring and blackback gulls. What a racket they make, almost as bad as the geese!

The coming week will be one of Sundays. I have a week off work - an enforced holiday to please the board. I guess I'm a workaholic is some ways, perhaps habit in other ways. I'm not a holiday person, as I rarely have the opportunity to travel and escape to somewhere that doesn't feel like home. I think of a holiday as being somewhere that isn't familiar. It is eating foreign food on foreign soil and being immersed in a foreign culture. It is not being at home doing the usual things, including cooking, cleaning, etc. etc. However, it does provide me with some time to draw and photograph and I will indulge myself in doing so.

My holiday will include drinking coffee and eating croissants til 10am in my dressing gown while drawing and reading the newspaper.

It will include cocooning myself into my studio and spreading my work around me, losing myself in music and 'the zone' with strict instructions not to be disturbed.

It will involve me taking myself to lunch at some interesting downtown cafes and sketching other diners as I wait for local delicacies to arrive.

I will eat when I want and what I want - diets be damned. If I want ice cream for breakfast, I will have it.

So my week of Sundays will be indulgent and selfserving and delicious. It will be thought provoking and tiring. It will make new out of old and hopefully new out of me too.

I have worked more on my negative drawing image. It is slow work, but satisfying and seems to spill out over the page effortlessly.

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4 comments:

Robin Neudorfer said...

Jeanette - I wish you a week of delights. It sounds so... normal.
I will think of you as I travel across the USA, to meet Anita, and Judi. What a wonderful community WC is.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Safe journeys Robin. I wish I could join you all. Send my best wishes to Anita and Judi for me please.

am-art said...

Jeanette - have a great week! Sounds perfectly idyllic!

Beverly said...

Hi Jeanette!
Sounds like a wonderful week for you! Sometimes we need "down time" and to refresh ourselves.