All I knew is that I had to come up with a way of ensuring that I stuck to my self imposed time limit. Unfortunately a couple of issues emerged:
- I don't own a stop watch, and
- It was time to cook dinner.
A-Ha - Solution!
I don't own a stop watch, however I do like to multi-task. (Why do one thing at a time when you can do two?) As such, I decided that I would draw a gerbera simultaneously whilst cooking oven baked Fish & Chips for my children's dinner.
This way, you see, I could utilise the oven's in-built timer as both my cooking and my creating time keeper. (And because I knew that ignoring the oven's beeps at fifteen minutes to cheat and keep on drawing would have an automatic "Kate burnt the dinner" punishment imposed.)
Whilst the oven was heating, I gathered my supplies - black paper, pastels and brushes.
Once heated, I then put the fish in the oven, set the timer for 9 minutes, ran to the kitchen table and set about creating. (In case you are wondering, fish takes longer to cook than chips.) Here's my first quickie picture:
|Quickie Gerbera #1 - 9 minutes - Fish|
I then put the chips in the oven and set the alarm for another 6 minutes for the chips:
|Quickie Gerbera #2 - 6 minutes - Chips|
Sorry everyone - the oven timer started to beep that 15 minutes was up before I could draw the floral equivalent of salad and tartare sauce.
(Yes, in case you are wondering, I did have to then cook the chips for an extra 12 minutes following the completion of my challenge to ensure they were golden brown and edible. A mere 6 minutes in the oven would have resulted in a dinner comprising of Fish and 'Soggy, Semi-defrosted Mounds of Starch'.)
I surprised myself by enjoying this little challenge. I think it was because it forced me to think "big picture" and not get all caught up in the detail, which I sometimes tend to do.
I think I might just try it again in the future - any other suitable dinner suggestions?