I’ve been investing a lot of time lately in modeling and painting and I’ve been doing it so much now that it’s affecting how I view everything around me. I’ve never been very aware of color or shapes and I’ve never been particularly good at spatial reasoning. When I read room or item descriptions in books, I tend to gloss over them.
But after spending hours on manipulating how something looks and working on visual characteristics, I’m starting to become aware. I’ll notice shapes more and lines and the way things fit together. I’ll look at colors and how they match or don’t match and wonder how certain colors blend together and which ones would work better.
It’s not a conscious attempt, but just something that happens now. When I used to read more often and read more than might be considered healthy, I used to render the world into words; character descriptions, flashes of narrative, ominous foreshadowing. I enjoy seeing how the things we do affect how we see the world. Our perceptions are colored by what we do as much as by how we think and it’s always interesting to see that play out.