I wanted to try something fairly complex for Day 9 of World Watercolor Month, so I chose a pair of old red roller skates. Half way in, I got exhausted trying to figure out which lace I was sketching and so I’ve no idea at this point if they’re laced properly. The other trick came with the many wheels as I always struggle with perspective when it comes to circles. So all in all, this packed a punch with lots of difficult elements that made me wonder if I really like details after all. I do. It’s still super fun to dissect an object and explore all its many little secrets. It’s strange I chose roller skates, because I’m terrible when actually riding on roller skates. I say riding because I’m better if I stand perfectly still while someone kind gives me a proper push.
As a kid, I never really liked going to the roller skating rink. Mostly because the other kids seem to have been born with some innate ability to easily spin around on four wheels. I was slightly overweight, not particularly athletic, and I just couldn’t quite figure out how to make them work properly. I did manage a few successful rolls around the rink, but as soon as the music changed and the dreaded “couple’s skate” was announced, I slammed into the wall to stop myself and half rolled, half stumbled away. I couldn’t skate properly alone, didn’t have a date, and wasn’t about to take a complete stranger down with me. Instead, I just pushed myself over to the video games and hoped the others would just forget I had come along in the first place.
Oddly, none of this was particularly traumatic. I’ve always been happy spending time in my own little world. And I’ve never felt the need to fit in with others, though sometimes is did feel like that would have been nice. They all seemed so happy in whatever it was they were doing. But I soon realized that just being ridiculous me was more fun than trying to act like someone else. Maybe I couldn’t navigate on four wheels, but I could do many other things they couldn’t and that was fine by me. I tried roller skating a few years ago, just to be sure and confirmed I totally suck at it. No worries, though, I’d much rather be painting.
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M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Perylene Maroon, Ultramarine Blue, Gamboge, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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