Friday, July 7, 2017

Play At Art Making

“There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lies happiness.” 

I climb the stairs in anticipation. No phone, front door locked, I hope to enter a world of play. Mugs of brushes, pencils, tubes of paint, and sticks of smooth waxy color call me to choose them to create.

This is my playtime. I get to make a mess. If I choose to leave the mess, I walk away, guilt free. Some days I work with watercolor, others days acrylic paint, or just a pencil to draw, works wonders. Outside the birds sing and cars go by and I am really happy there.

There are paintings from the past, and current canvases, and I even see notes on my wall which give me ideas of paintings in the future. 

Attention to detail has become a new strength. That was work in the past but this work is now play. When duty calls I finally take off my apron, check that every tube of paint has a lid and go downstairs, refreshed and alive.

 I have been writing with the Five Minute Friday group for three years and I really enjoy the talented writers who share themselves each week.


  1. What beautiful work (play). I just retired a month ago and am starting to learn to play again.

  2. My mom reminded me of my times of play today. She will be visiting me next week, and asked if I would like to have my paintings that I created in high school. I told her yes, that I think my oldest daughter especially would love to see them. I need to sneak away to create and play more often. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. Love your play! What a great quote you shared too. I'm in the 5 spot this week!

  4. For some of us, playing is a solitary pursuit. I'm right there with you. Always enjoy a peek into your playtime :)

  5. Such wonderful play. So glad you have the space and the time to do that. I'm looking forward to retirement, maybe next year, so I can have more free time to play.

  6. So important to have that time to relax and play- and I love the beautiful things you create too!

  7. I love this and hope I become as brave as you someday. Beautiful play!


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