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A picture of procrastination :-)

There seems to be some pre-programmed defect in my internal system as my level of  procrastination seems to be  directly proportional to the quantity of work pending :P The manuscript of my 2nd book needs to be pruned, I have half finished a HUGE portrait  of a good friend, that I am working on. (It is one and a half feet by one feet). The dishwasher is loaded but not switched on, the lunch is half made, the rooms are half cleaned, and my yoga for the day is not even half done. :P  I have a shopping list to make, I need to organise the kitchen, but of course, checking what Hindi songs  are playing on the few Indian channels I have subscribed to, suddenly becomes very important. It is urgent, in fact. It just cannot wait! The fact that I switch on the TV channel to find Shammi Kapoor singing "Zara  Tehro.. jeena bhi mushkil, marna bhi mushkil " isn't helping :P

I blink and 3 hours have gone.Poof! Vanished, just like that!  And to my surprise I find that the dishwasher hasn't switched itself on by magic, nor have the rooms got cleaned, nor has the shopping list made. And that portait--it is still looking at me and taunting me. Hmmmph...You'd think after giving them such a head start they'd take care of themselves, but no! They decide to wait for me. I think they are bigger procrastinators than I am :P

At this rate, like I told Suma, a few days ago, I will be hurtling full speed towards my grave, waving out a 'To-do' list in my hand, shouting to my family " Remember to switch on dish washer, remember to take the clothes in, it's going to rain, remember, remember .........."

All the above did not stop me from making this portrait though :P After all a woman's gotta do, what a woman's gotta do :-) ...Put up her feet once in a way, while away time and show off her artistic talent  on her blog :P


Go on, tell me--creating portraits isn't really a waste of time now, is it? ;-)

As for all those half finished things, I'll do them--just let me finish one more song :P :D
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PS: To all those who request me to make their portraits (and I get so many many  requests), a clarification:  I really do not do requests. It is really a LOT of work, you know. (sometimes more than 4 hours for a A4 size picture)  However, if you badly want me to draw your portrait,  or you want  a portrait of someone  to gift to a friend or a loved one, you can commission me and I am not that unaffordable. I work from photos. You can email the pic to me.

Mail me on ps@preetishenoy.com for rates and other personalised requirements and details.. Yes, I can ship it to any part of the world :-) And despite all the above(which was totally in a lighter vein anyway-- see post label) , I am a stickler for deadlines :-)

Comments

  1. For such an amazing portrait..everything else can be put to hold :)

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  2. Lovely portrait....

    Now that I am on leave, I have the same feelings of procrastination as you do...but have been ticking off things from my to-do list religiously....its only been couple days though :P

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  4. You know when I saw your status on Facebook that said – `where does the time fly ...3hrs gone` I had a feeling that you are going to blog about it ! See I am turning into a psychic like the Octopus Paul Aleen ! J
    But sometimes to do `Nothing` is also great fun No !

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  5. sometimes - everything can wait - as long as u get content of heart isn't it!??.....am sure you got some finishing this portrait!!:-)

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  6. Such a beautiful portrait Preeti. That is definitely not a waste of time :)

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  7. only humans procrastinate not machines. it is good when we are forced to do something we don't like and it would be rude to say plain "no".

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  8. a very lovely portrait! now you should be called an all-rounder!

    just a mother of two, a successful homemaker, blogger, artist, writer and what not!

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  9. Now i don't wonder but believe all mom's are same wen working and REMEMBER is their favourite word.You are just like my Mom. hope you take it as a compilment.

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  10. Amazing - You are really talent queen

    :) Seema

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  11. Seema: :-) Thank u

    Gagandeep: Does your mom make portraits too? :-P Just kidding..I dont mind at all.

    Aparna: Thank u so much! Yes, i am more than being 'just a mother'. The name 'Just a mother of two' was actually a joke :-) I also used to play basket-ball at National level :P :)

    Roshan: Procratination is the thief of time

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  12. Palsworld: Of course it isnt :-) Was asking as a rhetoric only :-)

    Durga: yes alot :)

    Ruchira: i never have 'nothing' to do! And your intutions are sharper than the Octopus!

    Shachi: Hope u get that list done soon!

    Sundari: yes! Thanks :)

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  13. Loved the post! :D

    Here's something I read a while ago:
    http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2010/06/how-to-fall-in-love-with-procrastination/

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  14. Prerna: thank u! Will surely read the link :)

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  15. Portrait is really very nice! I could not comment on picture earlier because i read the blog on mobile. Now I have seen it on PC.

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  16. Omg! Such a beautiful potrait seriously there's god-gifted artist within you :) Sachi they are so so so beautiful

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  17. Wow... Beautiful portrait. particularly the hair linings are awesome.

    Time spent on things that we love are never waste.
    Lovable DOs are more prioritized than Responsible DOs.
    :)

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  18. Never waste of time for such a lovely portrait... :) Keep going preeti...

    All the daily chores, any one else can do that but the portrait none other than you...

    Even I give top priority for my photography apart from my office work and household works... :)

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  19. The portrait is simply mind blowing.

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  20. I think the portrait is gorgeous! The painting course only honed the skills which were always there. Talent waiting to be tapped :)

    At times it is alright to not do the work you are supposed to do and instead charge yourself!

    Artists don't do ghar ka kaam. They've too much talent that the world needs to see. Outsource the work to others :)

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  21. Wonderful portrait Preeti ! Truly amazing !

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  22. Thank u mistress of art :)

    Tranquility: i agree.:)if only outsourcing was so easy in the UK :) Thanks :)

    Asha:Thanks!

    Swetha: thanks a lot :)

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  23. Vivek:Thank U :)

    Aish: Thanks!!

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  24. Roshan: much appreciate your loggin in again to see my pic! Thanks :)

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  25. Anonymous4:19 PM

    Since I missed the launch, I thought I'd wait for the "National Bestseller" tag before I made my purchase :-. Now the time seems ripe...
    Was at Crossword the other day, and they still have the old copies - without the tag... will probably go there again in a week or two for the fresh reprint.
    Looking forward to book 2.... book n!

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  26. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Wow! Loved the portrait :)
    Of course all other things can wait ;P

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