The Weekend Blog (Vol.54)
3rd May 2015
This week I picked up an old hobby of mine – painting.
Actually, make that two old hobbies of mine – painting and yoga.
When I was younger I loved art. I was even awarded the creative arts award before leaving primary school. I stopped when I started secondary school. I didn’t enjoy art at school because I found the teachers too critical. I didn’t take art for GCSE but I did take graphics to at least keep some creativity in my life.
Science has dominated my life for the past 5 years and I’m pretty sick of it. I use to love being creative and I regret leaving it all behind.
So, this week I pulled out my watercolours from storage, picked up a paint brush and started working on a painting of Venice. It’s not finished yet and it looks pretty awful, but I am determined to finish it, then start another one and finish that. I use to be great at art and I believe I still have it in me. I’m just out of practice.
Plus, when there is no pressure like there is in school art classes, painting can be so incredibly relaxing.
I’ve also started to do some yoga again. Just a few beginner moved to ease myself in. It’s been over a year since I stopped thanks to my deteriorating hip condition, but I’m getting stronger again (thank you very much steroids).
Both painting and yoga have helped me to de-stress, which has been beneficial given that I sat my first exam of my final year on Thursday.
It went well. I didn’t over work myself or let stress get the better of me, and I still went into the exam with more than enough references in my head to get me through the essays.
My next exam is on Tuesday and it’s the one I am dreading the most. But I shall keep up with the yoga and the painting, and hope it keeps me sane.
Have a great weekend!