Lose This Day Loitering

Lose this day loitering – ’twill be the same story
To-morrow – and the next more dilatory;
Each indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days,
Are you in earnest? seize this very minute –
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated –
Begin it, and then the work will be completed!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)
Passage from Faust, translated by John Anster

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Unlike most years past, I certainly have not spent many days loitering this summer! PAS, as well as my own artistic ventures, have kept me super busy since Spring sprung.  As I mentioned before, I am not a big fan of most poetry, but this passage from Faust that I stumbled across a couple of months ago struck a chord with me. The poet warns against the perils of loitering (procrastination) and urges us instead to seize the moment to simply “begin it”.  So many days I wanted nothing more than to just spend the day “loitering”! LOL But then I would sigh and remind myself that I had work to do and once begun, my “work will be completed”!  Knowing this (and proving it to myself every time I buckled down to actually “begin it”) has often been the incentive I’ve needed this summer to push myself to work on something that needed to be done, when I’ve wanted to do anything but buckle down! LOL  And of course, once the work is completed, there’s always such a sense of deep satisfaction and accomplishment afterward! So, as I look back over the past four very busy months,  I do so with a deep sense of satisfaction at all I have accomplished and also with much gratitude for everything I have had the opportunity to do.  With this in mind, I thought I would share with you some of what has been so much a part of my life since last May.

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The Pencil Art Society, of course, has taken up an inordinately huge chunk of my time this past year, and if I am honest, I must admit that I moan and whine rather quite a lot in private to hubby about the work load involved with helping to run PAS. But, at the same time, I am incredibly proud of what we have built and achieved with PAS in such a short period of time. Mainly though, I am deeply grateful to have been given the opportunity to (virtually) meet so many other talented artists through PAS, and I am especially grateful for having the chance to work so closely with my two co-founders and the rest of the PAS Board. They are truly an amazing group of very dedicated, generous and loving people that I feel blessed to be able to not only work with, but to call good friends 🙂

PAS Board Meeting

At our PAS Board Mtg in July, we broke out the champagne to celebrate the large number of entries we received for our upcoming International Exhibition!

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Much of the rest of my time this summer has been taken up with drawing and painting and printing and creating some new products (my Journey Cards, which I am so excited about!) in preparation for various art exhibitions and festivals that I have entered/been accepted into. All of them were really wonderful experiences for me and I am so glad I had the time and energy to participate in them.  I had planned on doing one other final festival in August, but with everything I have had on my mind, some dates got mixed up for me and I forgot I had made a previous engagement 🙁 … and so I’ve had to cancel my favourite of all the summer festivals that I do, the one at the Experimental Farm. Next year I will plan a bit better and make sure there are no conflicts for that festival, as I really enjoy it.

Journey Card

One of my Journey Cards, available in my Etsy Shop

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Of course, it’s not been all work and no play! I have managed to steal some time here and there to linger and loiter and enjoy the many pleasures of summer. One of my favourite things to do is to go exploring new places, either by car or on foot. A couple of weeks ago hubby and I went for a drive after supper and ended up at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, located in a beautiful park-like estate which is open to the public. We’ve been to the GG’s estate several times for walks, but we’d never actually walked in the surrounding neighbourhood. So that evening, after we’d strolled around the grounds of the GG’s for a bit, we went for a little walk in the streets adjacent to Rideau Hall. This area, Rockcliffe, is one of the wealthiest and oldest suburbs in the Ottawa area and has so many grand old houses. Many of the city’s embassies are located in this area as well.

Rideau Hall

Looking from a side street into the fenced grounds of Rideau Hall.


One of the charming old houses with a gorgeous English Cottage style garden.


An inviting stone path leading through the open gates of the Vietnam Embassy.

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We’ve also been very fortunate to be able to squeeze in some babysitting time with our one and only granddaughter. She has completely stolen our hearts.

Playing pat-a-cake with Grampa.

Playing pat-a-cake with Grampa.


The Mod Squad.

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Sometimes we even manage to sneak away for a nice treat as we did yesterday. We enjoyed salad, cocktails and a lovely breeze on the patio of a local restaurant.



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And since this is, after all, supposed to be an art blog, I suppose I really should show some art! LOL I haven’t had a lot of time these past weeks to get any “serious” drawing or painting done, but I can’t resist the call to create for long, so I usually have my sketchbook handy and doodle little sketches … often very rough, minimal and/or incomplete … and sometimes I even play with watercolour in my sketchbook, which is always a nice change for me.


Very fast sketches of friend’s dog and cat.


Quick sketches of skulls from a magazine.


Pacing magician (from my head) LOL


Secretive Satyr (pose based loosely on non-satyr woman in magazine LOL )


I was just playing around with pen and watercolours while babysitting and came up with this woman’s profile from out of my head. My granddaughter decided she would look much prettier with a colourful frame of marker circles around her LOL


A quick watercolour sketch of granddaughter’s teddy, who must, of course, sit slumped over in his chair at the table for supper with us.

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Less than two weeks left to go until the PAS International Open Juried Exhibition! I am looking SO forward to it! Next post I will have an update about that and photos to share! 🙂 Until then…stay cool!!

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5 comments to Lose This Day Loitering

  • I don’t know Lissa…a loitering day sure sounds awfully nice to me!! And that bloody Mary looks soooo delicious!!!

  • You can’t imagine how forward I am looking to the autumn, Kathryn, just so that I can get some of my much-missed loitering days back! haha And…that was a Bloody Caesar, which I have just learned is a Canadianized version of a Bloody Mary. And it WAS deeeeeelicious!! LOL

  • Manon

    I think you are having too much fun. But I wouldn’t change a thing… you go for it enjoy!!! Love the sketches…

  • Liz

    I think I have way too many “loitering” days..
    btw-really like the sketch of the dog and kitties…

  • Manon – haha … well, there’s no denying that life this summer has been rather fun 🙂

    Liz – Thanks so much! I don’t think think anyone can have too many loitering days! I can’t wait to have more! LOL