14th July 2021 Dr Beena
What a lovely way to start the topic today. Take a break. Exactly, that is what we will discuss today. The above picture is a loose watercolour of poppies. In watercolour, it is advisable to take a break after you have painted for a while, have a cup of tea, and then return. Look at the painting again, and you will be able to see where you must make changes. Instead, I was always trying to finish my painting as fast as I could. However, it resulted in so many mistakes. I did not fully understand why we must allow drying time and then add the next layer. I suppose we can only improve with trial and error.
Another effect of loose watercolour is to avoid having the cauliflower or blooming effect. However, at times the blooming or cauliflower effect adds a dimension to the picture. Cauliflower effect occurs when your water is too much. Now to understand the amount of water to create an effect, it needs constant practice. Though it was my first attempt at loose watercolour of poppies, I was relatively happy when I finished. I acknowledge that I have room for improvement. But for the moment, this would suffice. I try not to aim too high😊.
Oh yea, I wanted to talk about taking a break. When I worked full time, taking a break is usually associated with being idle. Or maybe that was my perception. Have you had such moments? I would feel guilty whenever I took a break. A recent study from Iceland revealed that people who worked four days a week were more productive and efficient. I do not wish to extrapolate such findings to our place, as working conditions may vary, and it may not apply to many places. In my experience, I found that when I took a break, my productivity improved. Yet, it was not the norm during those times. I always remembered my supervisor’s words, ” We never take a break as we work through lunch.” However, I was not convinced by his words. I always felt that when we are tired mentally, we are unable to perform our best. At many workplaces, people would have their lunch at their desks. Often, we find stress levels are high in offices when the workers are unhappy. That dissatisfaction leads to poor performance. Just a change of scenery like a short walk during lunchtime or a friendly chat with another co-worker brightens the mood. That may lead to better work outcomes. I have had a better result by having discussions during lunch or tea breaks with colleagues rather than plodding on without a break.
I would love to hear from you as many of you may have retired or still working. What are your thoughts on “take a break.” I have incorporated how in arts, ” take a break” leads to a better outcome. I would equate ” the blooming effect” as a positive result.
Allan is back from his break, and I hope to read his thoughts too. Till the next musing, please share your thoughts and stay safe. Bye for now…..