Waiting Room Portraits

A couple of days ago I went with my husband to a doctor’s appointment, for his knee. We’ve been to this same location several times and each waiting room experience has been the same as all the others. The crutches, walkers, hobbling people; the same TV blaring in the corner; the dim lighting; the same brown scheme of the waiting room.

This time the room seemed even more crowded than usual. I got out my little notepad to draw, hoping to distract myself. I hadn’t brought drawing materials; I used my little memo book.

It did the job. We didn’t have to wait long and I was content while we were waiting. I find drawing helpful in situations where I feel overwhelmed or pinned in by people – it’s a space in which to escape.

Who’d think a 3″ or so notepad could do so much?

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8 thoughts on “Waiting Room Portraits

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I get unnerved by lots of people in a busy space and drawing occupies my mind better than anything else, guess because I actively am doing something. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long. !!!

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    My sense of control disliked it but the serendipity forces were in control. And, it’s my little memo book, not the Sistine Chapel, I reminded myself. So, it worked out. Maybe this lady is worriedly keeping track of something.

  3. Jeanette Clawson

    Wonderful! I generally carry my Zentangle tools to doctor’s appointments. One of my doctors might be coming to a class I’m giving on Tuesday! Should I make her wait for class? Of course I won’t, but it would be fun to see her in a different environment.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    I think that would be fantastic, if one of my doctors came to a class I gave. I think it would be good for her to see you in your natural environment, instead of as a patient, too.

  5. Jeanette Clawson

    That is what I thought, too. I’m hoping it will make me more human and less a collection of muscle spasms and pain. : | she is my Osteopath and works magic so that I can keep drawing futsy little lines!

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