I am incredibly nosey / curious / observant – call it what you may.
When I was a geography teacher, in my first lesson with new year 7 classes I would ask if the children were nosey and put up my own hand to encourage them that it wasn’t the wrong answer. They would enjoy Geography because it requires you to look around you and notice things.
When I changed my path to that of an artist that same curiosity about my surroundings found a new purpose.
Some examples from the last few days:
Monday 31 October overnight – I slept badly as distracted by the strong winds outside, listening to bins moving about and the howling of the wind and bands of heavy rain showers. I researched how strong the wind was to find it was called Storm Claudio – I had missed that, how remiss of me as a geographer.
Tuesday 1 November – this morning visiting the sailing club boat park to check if my kayaks were still strapped onto the top of one of the racks after local gusts of up to 70 mph winds.
They were, but I refastened some straps as this week sees several days of strong westerly breezes. Then I looked around for other items, I took photos to notify other club members and posted them on the Facebook page. I moved some loose windsurf boards which I wouldn’t be able to tie onto he racks securely enough.
Later on the way to work, I went along the seafront between the square and the Mowlem and watched some of the waves and reflected waves converge and produce lots of spray.
During my day at the shop, I watched the weather outside, the rain showers when they came, I listened to the thunder. This afternoon as the sky turned yellowish I came out to see patches of blue sky, a rainbow and clouds gathering.
I worked on two small commissions where I did an initial line drawing based on photographs sent by the client. I messaged them progress pictures to keep them aware of how the work was developing. I finished the first piece far faster than I had expected and at the same time I and my client were very happy with the finished drawing.
Was any of these being nosey? It didn’t matter as I noticed things about me mainly through sight or sound. I used touch when adjusting my hold on my pens to produce a heavier or lighter line.
I find that by noticing my surroundings I engage my brain and senses and I feel calmer.
What do you tend to notice?