Passages of Time

I'd considered drawing on one or two passages from this 'Treasury of World Masterpieces' for a Creativity Carnival response..
I’d considered drawing on one or two passages from this ‘Treasury of World Masterpieces’ for a Creativity Carnival response…

… I decided to just take a photo and save time!

For one thing this book cover says WORLD masterpieces (of quotations and proverbs) but it MEANS Western hierarchial world in the main.

I was thinking around history and notions of heritage, culture and tradition when considering the Pocket Watch picture prompt for this week’s Creativity Carnival.

Antiquity and artefacts, aristocracy and atrocities… the background in Shafali’s picture prompt is desolate, barren, there’s no sign of life. The pocket watch glass is broken. Has time stopped?

My ‘thinking’ has been spinning off on tangents and left me way behind as you can probably see 🙂

One particular cultural tradition that could perhaps suggested by the pocket watch prompt pic is the (english?) custom of afternoon tea around four o’clock – scones apparently being a favourite often with jam or cream.

wpid-20150805_163447.jpgI maybe had something else I planned to write with this but I was burning the candle at both ends again and drafting in bed on my mobile phone when I should’ve been sleeping. SO I’ve come back to do links etc. Maybe I’ll remember what I intended to write to go with these pics, because I’m fairly sure it wasn’t what i’ve just read back of what I’ve written here so far! Never mind!

I might have baked those scones, having ingredients, but instead ordered a value pack with my internet shopping. I might have sketched them, but again, cheated time and took a quick pic. That’s a paper cup* because these were placed on my bed and also then suggesting how ‘in our times’ disposability is customary – although at a nice english tea parlour you would likely find no such thing. how english IS tea really and why does everything have to be so Western-centric? (*photocopy of my 4th August sketch for #DrawingAugust – the pocket notebook as a paper cup didn’t work as well!)

I’d been thinking, during my #DrawingAugust participation how lovely it would be to get up and go sketching, take a picnic lunch, stop off for tea and cake, have a nice afternoon out – so I did, just indoors, at home!

Perhaps what I meant to write about was all the sayings or phrases we have about time, how many can you think of off the top of your head? Plenty, I’d bet. How many good quotes could potentially found on the internet rather than in an old book? Obsolescence was another thing I’d been pondering, along with ignorance (mine!). How ‘old’ is the pocket watch? Who invented it, where? Also, what do we mean by ‘timeless quality’ (of art, story, film, music etc)?

Timeliness! I need some of that! And why do we say ‘Old Father Time’ – should it be ‘old farther time’? Is it like so much of our (poor majority) hand-me-down heritage, a corrupted phrase, intellectualised and embellished? Another blogger participating in the challenge, Aidyl93 asked, at the end of her post, ‘what would we do without time?’ – I’d say we’d maybe have far more patience and better understanding of people not noticing how fast time passes or forgetting(!) – ‘meet me with the next new moon’ or ‘tomorrow when the sun’s high…’ Time is a human construct after all, with little relativity to the natural world/universe – isn’t it?


This post was botched in response to Shafali’s Creativity Carnival picture prompt. (Visit other much better participant responses, add your own, follow the Creativity Carnival tag in tag reader to fetch most new posts – new challenge announced Friday :D)


5 thoughts on “Passages of Time

  1. I love your unique perspectives. The cup with those sconces – the combination makes you think. And the way a two dimensional drawing becomes part of a 3d space to form a complete picture…Colette, you are indeed creative! My new cue-art, which I just finished (sitting in the balcony, watching a …. on my wall. I am leaving a blank because I don’t want to spoil your surprise 🙂

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    1. Thank you Shafali 🙂 I do carry myself away on diverse tangents, have wondered that my thinking, connecting loosely different ways of approaching the challenge and exploring the prompt make sense to anyone else. But feedback has been supportive 🙂
      Looking forward to the next prompt/carnival. I didn’t complete some things how I’d intended so left with unresolved niggling ideas, but will be nice to make a fresh start with something different 😀 Appreciate all your hard work in creating this event for us all and your dedication in responding to everyone is lovely – must be keeping you very busy! Wonderful to see such a good turn-out and so many fab responses from the others 🙂


  2. Wow, I really enjoyed this post, and how much it’s making me think! Thank you also for pinging back to my blog! 🙂 How right you are that time is only here because we humans have conjured it up; it really has no place anywhere outside our own little minds. Definitely rethinking this whole ‘time’ thing now.

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    1. Hi, thank you, glad you enjoyed it 🙂 You’re welcome for the pingback, I enjoyed your post too. I’d been wondering about time as human construct and how to include /position it in somewhere and mentioning your response and question gave me a way of adding it in. Your phrasing of that question triggered my thinking further too. Looking forward to the next ‘carnival’ prompt 😀 Hope to meet you there again. cheers

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      1. I’m glad I could be of help and very glad you were able to add that in to your post; I really enjoyed it and am still pondering! 🙂 I’m sure I’ll see you at the next carnival prompt, I’m looking forward to it as well! 😀

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