contemplation |ˌkäntəmˈplā sh ən|
the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time
• deep reflective thought
introspection |ˌintrəˈspek sh ən|
the examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes
engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought
verb [ intrans. ]
think deeply about something
deep and anxious consideration of one’s emotions and motives or of the correctness of a course of action.
Oooh, that last one is heavy. “Soul-searching”. “Deep and anxious consideration”. “Correctness of a course of action”. Yikes. That’s almost scary 😯
I have this beautiful pencil drawing of me by my friend Jean Marcellino, and am so moved by how well she captured my pensive pose at Spring Studio the other day. In my ridiculous effort to be cute with post titles, I considered many words that could appropriately describe the mood of this piece. And I still couldn’t decide. Guess I should have contemplated longer! Ha, ha, ha . . . HA . . HA!
While I am personally partial to the movement and challenges of short poses, I understand that a long pose carries its own advantages. For the artist it provides the opportunity to do a thorough examination of the subject and create a fully-realized finished drawing. For the model, it’s an opportunity for undisturbed introspection. An excursion through your own thoughts, issues, and life questions. We put ourselves “in the zone”. After all, we have to hold still, keep our gaze fixed, and stay focused. Enter the soul searching goblins. The pesky demons of insecurity and worry. The existential wave of your life that accosts you during your stillness. You are, essentially, trapped. Nowhere to run, and definitely nowhere to hide!
Ah, but the mind is not always so heavy during a long pose. There are times when I use the tranquility of a long pose to think about mundane things: errands, phone calls, reminders to fill my Metrocard or make a hair salon appointment, buy cranberry juice, and catch up on emails. Really boring stuff.
However this particular day at Spring Studio was a bona-fide heavy-duty contemplation day. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at Jean’s elegant and sensitive drawing and you can feel my ruminative state. As for the descriptive word? Well, Jean nailed it perfectly with her drawing title. She calls it Musing Muse. “Musing”! That’s the word. And here it is on Museworthy 🙂 Thanks Jean!