November 28, 2017
The best investment of my time, in my mind, is the time I spent with my three children during the early years of their lives: playing, gardening, cooking, reading, and exploring the world together. As in many aspects of life, consistency of actions over long periods of time produce noticeable and rewarding results. On a day to day basis, improvements in specific skills, such as drawing or playing a musical instrument, are hardly noticed. Slight improvements are noticeable after a week, definitely after a month and significant improvement is noted after a year of consistent practice.
During my visit to Swansea, Wales, I stayed in Anne and Steve’s third floor guest room. Above my bed was a bookshelf of books, many of which I had read to my children and my mother and read to me. Across the room from me was a basket of toys. One toy in particular unlocked the floodgates and childhood memories of the hours I spent with my color-mixing spinning top, whirring it faster and faster until it sang. I was fascinated by the helical rod that drove the top to spin as I pumped it up and down. No wonder I love seeing giant augers in machinery.
It took many, many years of daily drawing before I had enough confidence in my ability to see elements of an object clearly enough to be absolutely fearless. It is a liberating and joyful to know that I will enjoy the challenge of drawing absolutely anything in the world. Nothing is impossible. Accepting the challenge is the only battle. I learn from the results, regardless of the way they appear.