I seem to have been on the move constantly for too many weeks. Bratislava was great fun, and the short trip to the UK was good: lovely to see my family and my old friends again. But now I need to stop… and breathe.
I’ve been concentrating on the February challenge for a week or two, using what happens around me as a ‘feed’ into this. Now I want to go back to having a normal life. The problem for me is that I’ve never had ‘normal life’ – I’ve never had a 9-5 job – and certainly my life in Italy is not predictable. I’m not complaining – I choose my life, after all – the only thing is that I have no room to freewheel. It’s the difference between playing a solo gig and playing with the band. With the band there are moments, for example, when other people are taking solos when I can ease off a bit, BUT playing a gig solo, there’s no time to relax. I once remember doing a solo gig when I was REALLY exhausted and I forgot to sing the chorus in a song . . until I noticed there was a large hole where there should have been a voice. . .
So a period of relative calm will help. I also want to do more drawing: so here’s a sample: I’ve never been taught to draw: the odd helpful hint in classes but never from scratch, so therefore there are subjects I don’t know how to approach: one is trees, so I tried this based on a video by Rob Kunst. I think it’s an improvement- gets me away from the ‘cauliflower-lollipop’ look!