3 November 2012

I Just Wanna Try To Do Things On My Own

Today, Zeph asked about something I'd like to learn that I haven't yet.

It's a hard question! (My gut instinct is to say 'learn the guitar'. But there would be protests, I know)

I'm always so busy I don't feel like I've even got time to think about learning things, let alone do it.

I suppose...I'd like to be able to make things. Like, carve stone, or...paint. Wouldn't it be great to be able to paint lovely pictures. Or even draw well! But I don't know...do you really learn painting and drawing, or do you...I don't know, learn a bit, but need a lot of natural talent too?

And carving things...where would I put them? Can't imagine the National Gallery would be clamouring to take them in...

This will probably sound silly, but it would be pretty nice to learn how to do that sort of really artistic bondage, too :) although I actually have no desire to tie anyone up! Quite the opposite, actually... But whenever I've seen pictures it always looks so lovely. The name completely escapes me. Kin...something and I want to say Subaru...Shubaru? You can all Google. Just maybe not at work or in the library ;)

16 comments:

Small Hobbit said...

I think it's kinbaku. The images definitely aren't safe for work ;)

And I'm pretty sure it comes under the category of "if Lestrade says it don't google it".

pandabob said...

A painter friend of mine says that you learn to paint well by keeping on going when you're rubbish which is when most people give up because thy aren't amazing the first time they try.

Kinbaku? looks kind of interesting and why not learn something like that? life is about experiences after all ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

SH - thanks :) and yeah. But some images are beautiful, not really very sexual. But still...don't Google it in front of kids or elderly frail folk...

AnonyBob - I think the major stumbling block is that I don't really want to tie anyone up!

Desert Wanderer said...

I wouldnt have protested if you'd said learn the guitar. There's a difference between knowing how to play, and properly learning. I've been considering piano lessons for the exact same reason (although I've been playing the piano for several decades fewer than you have the guitar ;) ).

Does "quite the opposite" mean you would want to.be tied up? Because I'll be honest, I've never understood the attraction.

pandabob said...

that is a bit of a problem I guess, but there is a difference between doing it as an artistic exercise and doing it for other reasons.

Greg Lestrade said...

DW - I think the piano is a lovely instrument...just wish they were more portable!

And...as for being tied up, I think it's a fantasy that works just fine in my head, but if it really happened I think I'd hate it. But that's what fantasies are for, right? I expect a lot of people can make things work in their head where it would be horrible in real life.

AnonyBob - true. I guess it could work. Still, not a hobby you'd show off around the tree after Christmas lunch with the in laws, probably ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

I think the other one is shibari.

I suppose if you play music or draw or paint or anything like that, you never really stop learning it.

Anon Without A Name said...

I actually have no desire to tie anyone up! Quite the opposite, actually...

Now I'm wondering if you mean you *really* don't want to tie anyone up, or if you mean you wouldn't necessarily mind being tied up... but I suspect that's getting into much too personal territory.

[Edit - ah, I see DW got there before me!)

I agree, it looks beautiful, very... stylised? Is that the word I want?

pandabob said...

Still, not a hobby you'd show off around the tree after Christmas lunch with the in laws, probably

Why do I want to say I dare you? ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - I should rephrase. I don't think it's a thing John's parents would appreciate me showing them. 'Here's Sherlock, to play you his new violin tune, John's cooked a lovely meal, Mycrof's rewritten one of Einstein's theories, and I've learnt to tie up your son in a pretty way!'

Zeph said...

That would be quite a conversation starter (or killer), I guess.

Thanks for answering my question. :)

I sometimes think that one lifetime really isn't enough to learn even half the things that I want to learn. I do try to learn something new every year (like a new language or how or yoga etc.)

Anonymous said...

Do you do a 'Christmas Newsletter' type thing, a bit American really but I can fairly see part of it:

'After the excitement of the engagement in October, November started off well with all of us attending a firework display near Mycroft's school and Greg deciding to take up kinbaku, after some initial difficulties (thanks Anthea for a timely secateur rescue!) he's coming along nicely having rigged John up as a decorative plant pot holder.'

Lancs. Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

I think he's more suited to being a lobster pot, really. And I can already to a mean bit of string work on a joint for roasting...maybe that's where I should start out!

Zeph - I'm certain one lifetime isn't enough for the boys. they both love learning new things, devour everything.

piplover said...

I love learning new things, I think everyone should try something once if they want to. After all, you never know if you might find a hidden passion!

REReader said...

Lancs.... LOL! (With illustrative photos, obviously... )

I think learning new things is always a thrill! It's one reason I love t'ai chi--there's always something else to learn, or to learn better. I'm always prowling iTunes U, to see if there's something that sounds interesting. As you said, pip, you never know what might be sparked when you try something new...whatever it is. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, if you don't want to tie up people, I suppose you could take up macrame. Knotwork is a real artform, and worth pursuing.

rsf

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