Friday, 22 July 2011

So this morning the coffee shop was crowded.  I had to sit at a table a little more in the open than I like.  When I sit in a corner or on the patio where I can usually shield what I'm doing to dissuade any complaints about my activities.  I didn't mind so much today as I was drawing from a picture and not trying to sneak peeks at the patrons.  When I sat down, one of the ladies at the table beside me looked uncomfortable at my arrival.  I didn't recognize her or remember seeing her before but I could see her sneaking glances my way and shifting around in her chair.  Later they started up a conversation with me about my scribbling.  The uncomfortable one mentioned that she had seen me on previous visits drawing.  Usually not from a photo though, but using my own hand or something in the coffee shop.  She seemed relieved when she saw the picture was the above one and not her face.  What's that?  Why do I spend so much time in coffee shops making people uncomfortable?

1)  I like to.
2)  1, 2, 3, 4 and all of their friends.
3)  I don't have to do the dishes when I'm finished.

The other day I walked into the house to find 7 extra kids in my house.  11 in all.  There were kids in pretty much every room of my house.  Not conducive to productivity in the area of art.  I like that we have a safe place that kids can come hang out, but I can't work at home.  Also, I have not a scrap of food (other than vegetables) in my home at the end of the day once they've been into the food stuff and I don't want vegetables for breakfast.

p.s.  btw, if I buy more food they eat more food so it's not for a lack of trying to keep the cupboards and fridge stocked.


Megan said...

I am 1 of 4 myself and our house was the same sort of "come one come all" spot.

My dad was the stay-home one and he pretty much hid out in the back yard, over-pruning things...

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

lol. Sounds like a good way to cope!

Kurt said...

I was 4 of 4, and our house was a "don't go near them" kind of place.

Jennifer Rose said...

i actually like sketching in public, its actually pretty funny to see people avoid you because they think you are going to sketch them. best way to get a sit i find in a crowded place :p

Serena said...

Your sketches are amazing! I still haven't plucked up the courage to sketch in public (such as a coffee shop), apart from a couple of very quick pen sketches done in medical clinic waiting rooms. I fear being approached or noticed by people.

That said, lately I've barely touched the sketchbooks at any time. lol