“Once I did those paintings, I couldn’t work in any other way. I didn’t think anyone would be interested in them – and I didn’t really care. That part wasn’t important. What was important was that I was doing them.” – Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein was an artist, famous for his unique style of pop art. I read this quote in a Globe & Mail article, on September 30, 1997, the day after Roy Lichtenstein died. I love Lichtenstein’s work, and I wrote down this quote to remind me to do things I was passionate about. If I worked hard doing things I enjoyed, chances were that someone would also like what I was doing. But if not, that would be okay. What was important was that I was doing it.
I had this quote in mind when I started The Hipping Post. I knew my family and friends cared about my health and recovery, but I didn’t know if they would like my writing. It turns out that a few did, and some of you continue to take the time to read my posts – I appreciate it. But what matters is that I enjoy writing, and I am doing it.
The pleasure I get from writing convinced me to pick up another lost passion. In high school, art was my favorite class. But once I got to university, I focused on other activities, namely hanging out with my friends, studying, and working a part-time job. After I graduated and started working full time, I forgot about drawing altogether.
In December, after 19 years, I picked up a pencil and started sketching again. Despite the hiatus, I still love it. In order to create a habit of drawing (and not let another 19 years slip by), I committed to making something for Stacie for Christmas. The result is the oil pastel at the top of this post, which is of our sons, shortly after they were born. I enjoyed creating this pastel, and I am glad Stacie likes it.
The downside of drawing again is that my writing has suffered. I still have a full-time job, I am helping raise three boys, and there is only so much time in the day. I’ll continue to write, but I want to make time for drawing as well.
In the “Happy Thanksgiving & Thank You” post, I said I would mostly write about health, family and friends. I think creating and pursuing passions is an important part of health and happiness, so I will share some of my artwork as well as my thoughts. I hope you like my artwork, but if not, that’s okay. What’s important is that I am doing it.