Friday, 21 October 2011

Ode To David's Neck


I kind of miss that mind numbing boredom of being in a classroom... remember the absolute soul destroying mind eating blurring chunks of time, interspersed with those moments of terror of braving the hallways and stairwells, getting bashed in the back of the head by errant school bags and tripping up every second step... and hoping, just hoping to catch a glimpse of Brad, Craig, Alistair or whoever you were currently in love with, and of course avoiding those absolute cows who ruled the world,  you know the ones who are all real estate agents now. 
No offence to real estate agents was intended by my previous sentence, because I know quite a few who are really quite lovely and normal, but we all remember those shiny girls, who have gone on to become brassy women, well where I live they all seem to be selling real estate, or cars, or white goods. 
I digress
My point is that I miss those hours of class time where there was nothing to do other than stare out the window, at the back of David's neck - hey don't mock, he had a pretty amazing back of his neck, front of neck and pretty much everything else.  Sadly he was rarely in my class and I was never tall enough to see out of half the windows, so I was left  to fill my books with doodles and little sketches and meaningless decorations for no other reason than if I didn't then I would scream. I can remember very few lessons that I sat through, even fewer skills that I picked up, but I can remember the endless drawing and doodling. I can actually picture some of them in quite a bit of detail. There are of course none still in existence so I can say with confidence that I remember them in detail... but I actually think I do. 
So this week I decided to revisit the calm and joy of those doodles in my journal. This one is called Ode to David's Neck and I remember clearly being in the Lockie block and covering the inside back cover of my business principles book over the course of a few lessons when he of the beautiful neck was off doing whatever or just being beautiful and perfect somewhere else... and this week, for a brief time, I was fifteen again and there was nothing to do but fill the page with colour and pattern. No washing and dishes, no bills to pay, no floors to wash or schedules to organise... just colour and line and it was bliss!


25 comments:

Cathryn Backer said...

Oh no, I dont miss those days...and I dont miss the shiny girls who tripped me up in the playground. Who threw my lunch in the bin day after day....the insecurity, the lack of self confidence.
Great blog Tracey! Really enjoyed reading it :).Even though some of the subject matter made me wiggly tummy uncomfortable.
When I first saw your painting and realised the topic I thought David's neck was covered in boils!!!

Jaz Higgins said...

I had to laugh about the girls who are now real estate agents! hahaha. Yes, we had a few of 'those' at our school too.

I find I don't get bored too often these days! I kind of miss it. It seems like there's always something to do now.

Happy doodling!

Tracey Potter said...

I had a chuckle too!

If only I could harness my inner adolescent everyday and switch off all the outer influence of daily life and just paint all day!

Good on you for doing it, what wonderful results!

What a great read, as always.

xx

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great post ~ nope don't miss those days (not description was great!) ~ love the design work and colors ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

SHERI C said...

Loved your trip down memory lane. Ohhh the horrors. Ohhh the crushes! Your doodle is superb! Happy PPF!

Joni Nickrent said...

Love the journal doodles...I can remember hours of doodling in the classroom too...thanks for bringing back a fond memory!

NatashaMay said...

I had one of those Davvids, too. :) But I wouldn't go back to school though. I had enough of that for a lifetime. :)

hastingshall2 said...

What a marvelous flashback! I just came across my old Spanish II book and every blank spot is filled with eyes or feet and sometimes whole girls. I didn't sketch/doodle boys. Even in my college books I can find eyes, lips, and whole girls. Marvelous painting you've done and more so because of the memories that are stirred up. Faye

Mary C. Nasser said...

I enjoy your art and your posts! So wonderfully written!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

wednesday said...

Oh those hours spent filling whole notebook pages. Did you ever do little animations around the page numbers in your texts, so that when you flipped the pages the drawings would move? I did. Bouncing balls, birds flying, eyes winking. If only I had applied half as much effort to learning what was being taught.

Long live the doodle!

EVA said...

Great doodles! Funny remembrances...

Kristin Dudish said...

I love reading your posts!!! This is great! I love the title... I'm sure we can all relate :)

xo
Kristin

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Beautiful and vibrant..gorgeous work!
Victoria

creatingme said...

What a fun post and great doodling. Love this!

MollyGirl said...

ahhh... the old doodle days! you've captured them beautiful... in words and art. :-) thanks for sharing!

New End Studio said...

Great reminisces, you had me laughing. Mine was Richard, I haven't thought of him for a long time, until I read this. Nice color combos in your ode.

angenita said...

Those where the days! Altough I must admit, I liked school and I did learn a lot and I didn't doodle that much during classes.

Scarlet said...

Cool design and I loved reading this post...so inspirational. I have a new sketchbook to fill with memories and dreams and you've brought back some sweet memories of high school for me, and of course I remember those "cows." lol Glad they're out of my life now. :)

Marcia said...

That is too funny! I know just what you mean :) love it.

BlackPumpkin said...

Such wonderful colors!! I'm still working on putting together colors. :)

Hybrid J said...

Enjoying your post and the lovely doodle page. Vibrant colors palette.

Fallingladies said...

super post and super doodles, I doodled alot too.... but married my highschool crush!27 years ago!
-Andrea

Julie said...

No I don't miss those days but I do love your doodles. So fun and colorful!

ShonEjai said...

This is very nice! Well done!

Heather said...

Oh I am so glad those days are over!! I still do doodles in business meetings! Love your doodles!!