Watching the Skating

On Friday night I joined a group of people from my former job at the National Gallery Skating Rink and while they skated I watched and drew the things around me. First off, let me tell you that drawing constantly moving objects is really difficult and secondly I began to wonder about watching instead of participating.
I often look at people who are so intent on filling the memory card of their digital cameras that they forget to experience what it is that they’re taking pictures of and that makes me sad. Drawing is somewhat different because you generally need to really ‘see’ what you’re drawing , but it is no less isolating and instead of trying to skate again (the last time I skated I was ten years old) I sat off to the sidelines and drew the people circling the rink and I felt like I was isolating myself.