Saturday, October 20, 2007

EDM Challenge #139: Draw Something with a Handle

I've truly been a Pod Person for the last few months. Since May I've been working in interim management jobs that require way too much of my time. Over the summer I filled in for a woman who had a baby. I dealt with moving a department, packing up and storing stuff, planning an office remodel, and hiring some replacement folks. That job was campus based and it was great experience, but very busy.

Now I have a one year interim position and am again working with remodels, merged departments, hiring new staff, and overseeing various multi-campus office locations. It's a challenge and I'm learning alot of good stuff. But it has been overwhelming!

So, tonight I decided to start my drawing again. I even bought some new paints recently. These 10 hour days and Saturday office visits have got to stop!

I was thinking about how to get a handle on my life, my time, my work, my body, my mind....and tried to think of an image that would help. I started drawing a handle holding all of those elements in one piece. I was reminded of this old garden tool and went looking for it. It's at least 20 years old. I probably bought it in Iowa City, Iowa. It used to be shiny blue, but now it's worn, bent and rusty. But it still works!

So, I'm going to use this old thing as a metaphor to remind me to keep a handle on work, self, body. I think I'll take it to my office. I'm going to work less and stress less about it. I'm going to recapture my sense of self and creativity and home-life. I'm going to exercise more, eat better, and hopefully my face will quit breaking out.

Most of all, I will quit trying to be perfect!!

Emma Pod (and trying to stop)

13 comments:

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

Welcome back, Emma, and GOOD, stop trying to be perfect! It's sooooo exhausting, and takes away from enjoying your drawing.

caseytoussaint said...

I'm so glad to see you back, Mary! This is lovely - the rust is so well done.

Bonny said...

Wow!!! You have been busy!!! Definitely more than time you returned to doing something that pleases and relaxes you.
I'm glad to see you back!
Great painting, too!

Teri C said...

What a busy life you have had! It is good to see you back here with this wonderful sketch!!

Emma Pod said...

Thanks Kate, Casey, Bonny and Teri - It's good to hear from you. Nice to see all of you again too!

Snakebite said...

Your industrial strength back scratcher looks great!

juj said...

Great post Emma and beautiful drawing. The way you rendered the rust is just marvelous! Welcome back!!

Serena said...

I hope things settle down for you so we can 'see' a lot more of you. Wonderful drawing, Mary! I love the pretty handle ~ :)

Africantapestry said...

A beautiful sketch Mary! And I hope you look at it often and when you start picking up the pace you'll come back to this post to call halt to all other things and just enjoy doing your beautiful sketches.
Ronell

Arty Velarde said...

I really like the colors on this. The envelope is awesome too!
Welcome back!

Alison said...

Sort of a self portrait - with the shadow you will become if you don't heed your inner voice. Wonderful.

Emma Pod said...

Thanks for your comments everyone! Good to hear from you. Alison, what an interesting thought you bring up about a self portrait - and the shadow....I'm going to think about that.

phthaloblu said...

Great sketch and post!