Monday, 23 August 2010

Six Senses

The lovely Fire Byrd did this last week and I loved the idea! I figured since I've been painting away like a wee fiend and not really doing much else I would do a version of my own so here goes...

I can see:
my current work in progress,
my fingers which I have managed to cover in paint,
the photograph we have of Carcassonne where Chris proposed,
an embroidered picture entitled 'a list of reasons to run for the hills',
the sculpture that my Mum bought me for my birthday,
a metal owl,
Lugs who is sitting on my knee,
the sun making patterns on the wooden floor,
and the trees blowing in the wind outside the window.

I can hear:
Gai snoring from the hallway,
rustling leaves,
the wind,
children playing in the garden next door,
someone clattering dishes,
our washing machine spinning faintly in the kitchen,
my computer drive whirring.

I can feel:
the weight of Lugs warm body on my lap,
paint drying on my hand,
the smoothness of the wooden floor,
the sun warming my toes,
a slight breeze coming in the window,

I can touch:
Lugs's soft fur brushing across my arm,
the plastic springyness that is my netbooks keyboard keys,
the warmth of my netbook,
the cool of the glass on my drawing table.

I can smell:
the fresh air coming in the window,
acrylic paint,
a hint of glue,
jasmine green tea,
the Issay Miyaki perfume that I put on this morning.

I can taste:
the chicken soup I had for lunch,
the first mouthful I had of my tea.

It's important sometimes to just stop and really appreciate what is going on around us. Feel free to have a go at this if you fancy it....and don't forget to let me know if you do :-)


  1. What a lovely exercise, it really makes you focus on everything - it reads like a poem. I really like your new painting, and doesn't the wee sculpture look cute? But sorry, your tea looks as if it's got a small hairy animal in it!

    Mum x

  2. Beautiful, Carol! I felt like I was sitting in the room with you. Lugs and Gai are lovely! I love your current WIP! It's gorgeous! And you have to tell us what you have in the tea - it reminds me of a sea urchin :)

  3. This is great! It combines mindfulness and art (they're closely related anyway). Excellent. Awareness at it's most productive.
    I might try this on our blog one day.

    All the best, Boonie

  4. Love this. I have such a vivid picture of where you are right now.

    I really should do this, it would be so helpful with me remembering to use all senses for my writing.

  5. What a lovely meditative post!

  6. Mum - I really enjoyed reading Fire Byrd's post and really enjoyed writing my version. It;s too easy to let the day slip past without paying any attention to it!

    The painting is still a WIP but it's getting there!

    LOL, it's not a wee hairy's a jasmine flower :-)

    Talon - I'm so glad you liked the post :-). It was nice just sitting still for five minutes and really concentrating on what was going on around me.

    Thank for the lovely compliment re my WIP...I was in two minds whether to photograph it or not!

    Hehehe, it's a jasmine looks a bit like a bud and then when you pour hot water into the cup it opens up and releases its flavour. Extremely fragrant and refreshing.

    Boonie - (oohhh, feels strange calling you that!) thank you :-). I couldn't agree more re mindfulness and art and I would love to read your version of it would be really interesting!

    C x

  7. Debs/Lady Fi - You managed to sneak in there!

    Debs - The weather has changed now...the sun has gone, it's grey and rainy and I have now shut the window but when I re-read this post I was transported right back to the moment I wrote it :-)

    Oh do have a go...I would love to read more about your world :-) (or even your characters world?)

    LadyFi - I don't really do posts like this often but I really enjoyed it!

    C x

  8. This is lovely. And very poetic!

  9. Sorry but that tea looks as if it should be in a specimen jar on a high up shelf in a tropical hospital somewhere!
    But otherwise the list is lovely

  10. Oh what a wonderful post - must try this - and LOVE the WIP! Looking gorgeous, Gorgeous!

  11. Lane - Thank you very much hon :-)

    Fire Byrd - does a bit now you mention it! I assure you it's just a bud in a cup :-)

    Nicky - I would love to read your take on this! Glad your liking the WIP :-)

    C x

  12. I think mine would be less insightful or inspiring - I can see a Dutch barman and my rapidly emptying glass; I can feel the beer kick in and the still warming bitterballen; I can hear a random conversation about a Latvian/English teacher; I can touch my keyboard, the bar and my glass; I can smell and taste my Heineken and bitterballen (there is definately a pattern here).

    The joys of international travel - wherever you go, there you are... in a bar (or is that just me?).



  13. Wow......what an awesome WIP.
    And now I'm curious about those reasons to run for the hills (I can come up with a few--considering that's what we did this weekend!)

    What a lovely post--very focused on here, now and what's in front of you.

  14. Great post Carol. We tend to take all our senses for granted. It's good to stop and appreciate them once in a while.

  15. You are so right! Whether you are a writer, a painter or a cat....using all of your senses enhances your life. I noticed when we started riding our Harley (a new hobby) the sensations of temperature and smell are really enhanced.

  16. Beautifully written, Carol. I love the next tree painting too.

  17. I enjoyed reading this post so much Carol, it was a lovely wee glimpse into your world too. And your art looks fantastic.

  18. I love your new work in progress muchly and want to own it quite a lot. Email me with a price please. xo

  19. Chris - LOL! I can just see you sitting there at the bar munching your bitterballen and drinking your beer :-). I love that you did this!! No, I don't think it's you that just ends up in the bar...I do think it's just you that will hunt out the Irish bar however :-)

    Love you to honey

    Mel - Thank you for the commpliment re my WIP. I always get nervous posting pics on here and am never sure whether I should or not.

    LOL. We bought the 'reasons to run for the hills' picture because Chris says my middle name is trouble and that is one of the reasons :-). Tell you what, I'll put the list up as my next post!

    Ayak - It is indeed my dear. It's quite amazing what you hear and feel when you stop to think about it!

    Sharon - I know exactly what you mean (and am most envious of your Harley!!). My Ex had a bike...I didn't notice the temperature so much but boy did I notice the smells...when we arrived anywhere I was always starving from all the food smells that we went past!

    Mary - Awewwe, thanks hon :-). It meant to be winter but I've now had another idea that I think would be better...perhaps if I dull down the green that I added yesterday it will look more winter like!

    Marilyn - That's what I liked about Fire Byrd's was so vivid that I felt like I could almost be there! *grins* thanks :-)

    DJ - I think my Dad has pipped you at the post my dear! This is supposed to be winter in my four seasons pictures BUT I have an idea that might work better so will be trying it out too. If it does work better then I will provisionally put your name on this one :-)

    C x

  20. Just come back to say - have just done it! ;-)

  21. Nicky - Cool...I shall come over now...

    C x

  22. Wonderful exercise - something any writer or artist should do often. As Boonie says - it promotes mindfulness, and that promotes the artist's ability to see beyond the surface. I may try it too.

  23. PS - I really love your work. :-)

  24. Watch it, Carol, you're in serious danger of becoming a writer! Great post, and I may well borrow the idea for my blog next time I'm feeling uninspired.

  25. Love this, Carol - so sensory!

    The cat in that first photo looks like Charlie from Old Kitty's blog (not sure if you know it...).

  26. Loving this; I think I'll do the same tomorrow....!

    JJ x

  27. *laughing*

    Oddly enough we share the same middle name!
    Go figure that one.....LOL

  28. Jennifer - Oh please do have a go! I would love to get an insight into your world (and you do write beautifully!)

    *blushes* thank you very much hon :-)

    Queenie - Awww, that is a lovely thing to say but I know I will never be in the same league as most of the people that comment here!!

    It's a great one to do when your lacking inspiration!

    Talli - I don't know Old Kitties Blog but now you've said that Gai looks like Charlie I might have to go and visit :-)

    JJ - I so think you should...tis a nice exercise to do!

    Mel - think we might have been seperated at birth? Trouble is an unusual middle name *snigger*

    C x

  29. Gah! He's writing, he wont surface for ages so just sell it to me quick and tell him the dog ate or something :) *waves* Hi Peter! *runs and hides*

  30. That painting is gorgeous! And what a lovely post. Has cheered me up actually.

  31. DJ - I would do hon but he knows we don't have a dog!! Could blame the cat...Gai is a wee pudding that has a tendency for biting things....but I don't think he'd believe that either! Sorry hon :-)

    Missy M - Thank you lovely :-). Glad you enjoyed the post...I enjoyed writing it!

    C x

  32. Queenie - Oh good...I shall be right over :-)

    C x


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