Art is Not for Me

Back in my schooling days, Art & Craft lessons had always been a dread for me. More than half the time, the focus was on “art” where the teacher asked students to draw your dream house/ future career/ favourite cartoon character and the like. I can’t really draw from imagination. (Ahem, not that I don’t have any imagination but I’m better at expressing it in words than pictures.)

Hand me a picture though and I would be able to redraw it for you.

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Only on the rare occasions when the focus shifted to “craft” that I would look forward to the Art & Craft lessons with anticipation, attend the lessons wholeheartedly and put my heart and soul into the homework thereafter. Such is my love for “hands-on”!

Once I began working, however, the humdrum of everyday life prevented me from pursuing the “hands-on” pleasure. It was until 2013 that I decided to do something about my work-life (im)balance.

At that time, “painting by numbers” was in vogue. Numbers corresponding to different shades of acrylic paints were pre-printed on a canvas so all it required was patience and time on the painter’s part. An easy feat, I thought so I happily challenged myself to paint a 19.5 x 15.5 inches picture.

Phase 1. Made use of the lull period prior to examinations and began my painting enthusiastically.

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Phase 2. After almost three weeks since Phase 1. Chilling still as the examination scripts for my subject were not yet in. A pleasure to paint and listen to my favourite singer crooning away though holding the canvas for hours induced aching in the arms.

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Phase 3. After two months. Kept busy with the marking of seemingly endless examination scripts. What of work-life balance when the school term was coming to an end soon? Everything was a mad rush… A pressure to paint now as the unfinished picture stared at me daily from its lonely spot by the bay window.

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Phase 4. One week after. Was I glad I did it! Finished up the painting during the first week of school holidays. Here’s my masterpiece, Stroll in the Sunset!

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I might not have drawn the picture but the painting process was therapeutic indeed (if you have time to spare, hehe).

The painting now serves as a reminder that busy as life may be, we ought to fork out time to pursue our passion or simply, if we only have a little time to spare, take a stroll with your dear ones then. I am sure they will feel loved. Don’t you agree?