May 17, 2006

For the sake of art…

I have had a revelation. A blinding flash of inspiration, that came to me this morning as I lay in bed looking at the pile of books looming on my desk, and thought I'd really rather not, thanks. And then, my gaze stretched to the wall beyond, and the picture on the wall. I could do that, I thought. That, there, is my vocation. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.

Yes, that's right. I don't need my degree. Not at all. For I am going to give it all up and become a Preraphaelite model.

And here, should you still doubt the wisdom of my decision, are five good reasons why.

  1. I will get to lie about all day in bed, probably somewhere nice. And even if there is no bed, there will be many many cushions.
  2. I will never ever need to use hair straighteners ever again. I can let my hair free to curl and wave and go crazy in the way it loves to do, all the time, and I don't need to feel ashamed next to all the other eng lit girls with their perfectly straight and shiny hair in manner of Pantene advert.
  3. I can spend all my time in flowing skirts and dresses in pretty colours. No more jeans.
  4. There will probably be a a few lithe young men in strategically draped grecian robes hanging about the place. This can never be accounted a bad thing.
  5. My big hips will be attractive and desirable and will be magically transformed into things of beauty by the artist's brush, befitting goddesses and heroines of literature.

However, there are also, as with any career choice, a few downsides to consider.

  1. Loss of feeling in arms from prolonged lying around in ravishing poses.
  2. Possible pneumonia from floating about in little clothing in rivers emulating Ophelia and the Lady of Shalott etc.
  3. Problems with maintaining a vacuously attractive and wistful gaze, as as proved in my exam yesterday ('Mathematicians are reminded they may NOT take string into this exam'), I have difficulty keeping a straight face for long periods.
  4. Men staring at me for any length of time borders on being a little creepy, especially whilst I'm asleep.
  5. Wearing trailing skirts continually, whilst tempting, may pose a bit of an issue in rainy English weather. May become so waterlogged whilst, for example, buying groceries, that I can't physically move.

Hmm… Maybe I'll stick with the revision a little while longer. After all, the main thing is that I have options, I suppose.


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  1. What a fantastic idea! Also, your degree wouldn't be going entirely to waste, as you could use your knowledge of "Hamlet" to really get into the character of Ophelia.. every emotion shows! :)

    xx

    P.s. Please note that I've taken to commenting diligently on your blog so you no longer have to whinge that people just lurk about it without commenting :P :D

    18 May 2006, 01:19

  2. Amusing. I've always felt that being a muse would be the perfect occupation. Not sure I could make any money from it…

    Could I ask you what that painting is called, please? And by whom? Thanks :0)

    18 May 2006, 14:51

  3. It's a painting by Frederic, Lord Leighton, called Cymon and Iphigenia. I fell in love with it after seeing it in a Sydney art gallery – the colours of the sunset in the original are beautiful – my postcard of it doesn't really do it justice!

    And Suyin, I am most impressed by your diligence, lovely! You are making me feel loved even after Shakespeare has forsaken me… okay, well I'm not really that upset about that, really… :–)

    18 May 2006, 19:54


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