When I tell people I’ve taken up painting, they react as if I said I’ve taken up pedophilia. “Yeah, haha, very funny. What a silly joke.”

I don’t know why people react this way. Is it because I’m utterly lacking in talent? I know I am but so what? I’m not hoping to make my name as an artist. I know I suck. It’s the process I’m after.

There’s a bunch of really great videos on philosophy and history that I want to listen to. But I can’t just listen and do nothing in the meantime. I get terribly distracted. But if I’m occupied with something that requires a lot of attention, the videos go down as a charm.

It’s the curse of a busy, hyperactive brain. At least, two channels at once need to be occupied or I can’t process anything.


5 thoughts on “Painting

  1. Wanted to share this great poem. Like Simonov’s translation even more than the original. Putin did rob, so грабить не посмел doesn’t suit, but a few other things do:

    A Dead Statesman – Kipling

    I could not dig; I dared not rob:
    Therefore I lied to please the mob.
    Now all my lies are proved untrue
    And I must face the men I slew.
    What tale shall serve me here among
    Mine angry and defrauded young?

    Перевод Константина Симонова:

    Я трудиться не умел, грабить не посмел,
    Я всю жизнь свою с трибуны лгал доверчивым и юным,
    Лгал — птенцам.
    Встретив всех, кого убил, всех, кто мной обманут был,
    Я спрошу у них, у мёртвых, бьют ли на том свете морду
    Нам — лжецам?


  2. // I can’t just listen and do nothing in the meantime. I get terribly distracted.

    Me too, but in my case it’s not due to a busy, hyperactive brain. 🙂

    Solving math works for me instead of painting.

    When you say “I’ve taken up painting,” do you mean you started going to кружок / a hobby group for painting? Simply view YouTube videos to learn the most basic, foundational technics? I know there are books teaching how to draw / paint too.

    What kind of paintings do you try to create? I imagine you enjoying the creation of abstract paintings to express your feeling and ideas, not depicting reality in a realist tradition.

    When we had a painting class in high school as an enrichment, one of the brightest students created abstract paintings. I was stuck at pathetically failing to recreate a picture from a Bazooka Joe (a small comics on a chewing gum wrapper). 🙂 Here is an example:—Base/-NoN/I-baked-a-cake.jpg?id=49737abf-0c43-4624-a452-7d93e727b19d&size=zoom


    1. I lock myself in my office and toil at it alone. It’s actually really calming. And yes, I’m trying to do a realist landscape. I’ll post it when I’m done, although given my level of talent, it probably won’t resemble any particular landscape.


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