Back to the Drawing Board

“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.

2 responses to “Back to the Drawing Board

  1. I love your drawing Doug. Keep up the good work!

    Ann

  2. Thanks Ann! I appreciate it. More to come.

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