For no reason at all

One of the worst things about being an adult is this constant feeling that whatever you do, must be for a reason.  If you are not making money, you should be improving yourself, or helping somebody, or…

And its so difficult to just get lost in a drawing in the way I used to when I was a child.   So I’ve been getting in some practice at doing things for no reason at all – and collage is just perfect for that.

I found some new magazines to snip apart – some about birds, and some about aeroplanes 🙂

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pavinee
    May 24, 2010 @ 06:32:05

    Hello! long time no talk 🙂

    I agree that when we get older, everything we do is just have to have some senses in it and when we want to do some nonsenses, it makes us feel awkward or guilty somehow.

    It happens when I really really want to draw something weird or out-of-the-world but I just can’t do it. My hand just keeps drawing the same ordinary things and I feel bad that I couldn’t get ‘out of the box’ 😛

    We spent half of our lives learning to be adult. Now, to be more creative, I guess we may have to learn how to be a child again? (Well, sometimes a kid can be more reasonable than a grown-up too!)

    This collage looks great. You must have fun doing it!

  2. mashadutoit
    May 24, 2010 @ 07:46:34

    Pavinee – exactly! Especially that bit about getting stuck in a familiar (and boring?) way of doing things. I think a complete switch of mediums is a good medicine for that 🙂 Especially something that is not easy to control – I remember spending many happy hours playing with “ink blotches” when I was little. You know – dripping some ink on a page, blowing on it, and then turning the resulting pattern into a drawing. I’ve got some enforced free time at the moment – home sick – so I think I’m going to “waste some more time” today 🙂

  3. Jesse
    May 24, 2010 @ 18:09:43

    These collages are beautiful!

  4. Mel
    May 27, 2010 @ 22:12:51

    As a first time visitor, this post struck such a chord with me. Especially as a parent, wife etc – doing nothing or something for no reason at all is tantamout to criminal activity! I love your collage – its invigorating!

  5. mashadutoit
    May 28, 2010 @ 07:46:06

    Hi Mel and thanks for the visit – Being a parent must add a whole other dimension of difficulty to finding time to do “useless stuff” 🙂

    Masha du Toit My profiles Google WordPress

  6. Rémy
    May 29, 2010 @ 12:42:03

    Adulthood makes you think that reason is the guiding factor in creation – that a spoon must be a spoon because it serves no higher function. But that is not the way of the universe where art is concerned.

    Art is a reason all by itself.

    I just turned 22…and I have found the best excuse for avoiding “adulthood” – “I will never be this young again.”

    Now go and be young…

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