Essay About Free Time

How I Spend My Free Time

As a student, during the weekdays I am always busy with my school work. However, during the weekends I get a lot of free time which I normally spend painting as I prepare the coming week. I love painting my friend’s portraits, and sometimes they even ask me to go and decorate their bedrooms. When I was young, my dad used to paint landscapes, and we used to go out for walks with him. He once gave me a beautiful portrait that has been so inspiring to me, and I have never got rid of it. I love painting indoors because sometimes the weather out there gets too chilly. Painting is a great way to make things seem real. I imagine all kinds of things and paint like astonishing houses in heaven, hills, clouds and peoples’ faces. Sometimes I even visit exhibitions in our town and watch what real artists have offered.

People get pleased by my art, and at my age, I feel more motivated. However, I have one portrait of my mother which I painted during the last summer holiday. This picture has been one of my best arts I have ever done. My mother has been my greatest inspiration, and she encourages me to practice more. Moreover, ones my art teacher told me to draw a landscape of our school at the end of term holiday. This experience was so inspiring because the portrait was attractive and unique. I have my painting room at home where I keep my brushes, paintings and several other necessities.  Before painting, I plan it accurately to get a better understanding of my object of study. For instance, I have an elephant portrait that took me one day to sketch its photo and to get to understand the outlines on its head. Then, I arranged the colors I need to complete my picture. Finally, what followed was building up my painting and generated an image that made me proud of myself.

I still have a lot of things I need to learn to advance my art skills. I understand that is different from writing. In drawing one can go out there, build up ideas, rub things and later come up with a more suitable picture. Drawing is more fun and exciting. When my weekends get boring, I usually have a way to cheer myself up. I love painting because it does not cost must and it is always fun. Drawing is also a way of presenting my creativity and requires a lot of practice and devotion. Hence, when I got my colors with me, I can never feel bored.

Drawing has become a big part of my life, but sometimes I fail to do much because of my studies. The little time I get I utilize it with a pencil, paper, and my brushes. The best part of my art is that no one taught me how to draw, I was just inspired by watching my father draw. I learned other concepts from art books, and with days I keep improving. Drawing has been my way of expressing my feelings and also tell people what I feel whenever I could not show it in words.

I believe that to present your art; you do not have to be the most significant artist. When you generate a unique picture, everyone is going to like it. And I want to show all students that there is a better way to spend their free time by investing in themselves. Therefore, in future, I know my painting skills will help me earn a living and also become a prominent artist.

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#1 (permalink) Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:34 am   Spending our free time - Please rate my essay 

Some people think that it is important to use leisure time for activities that develop the mind, such as reading and doing crossword puzzles. Others feel that it is important to give one's mind a rest in leisure time. Discuss.

Relaxing our mind has been a vital part of spending our free time for thousands of years. Most of the people find relaxing activities like reading a book while others love to stay in the park, just see a boring TV channel or discuss with friends in front of a cup of tea or coffee. Even if maybe some persons will not totally agree with me, I consider that two of the most important activities that should eat our free time are the reading of a book and outdoor activities with family or friends.

Reading has always been one of the activities that fascinated the human mind and as long as we read books written in a language that we do not find difficult to understand, we should find reading a relaxing activity. Of course, as long as the books we are reading are not too technical to make us realize that we are not reading for fun but for study. For example I remember when my sister told me that by reading for relaxation she found God and that changed her life. She was reading mostly religious books.

Another activity which I personally consider that can have an important effect in our life are outdoor activities with family members or friends. This activities will help us be in a good shape for a long period of time and in the same time will help us develop strong close relationships with the persons we are spending our time with. And strong and close relationships are vital to have with people we would like to have around us for longer periods of time. For example I remember that we when I was younger I was going a lot for fishing with my father and over the years this activity become very important for us and made us to have have a very special relation.

In conclusion spending our time is very important and we should have a really clear idea between spending some time and loosing some time. I strongly believe that reading a book will help our mind and develop our vocabulary and when we have more time and weather is with us, spending some time outside with family or friends will help our relations. I just hope that less and less people will find important activities like playing computer games and watch television series.

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#2 (permalink) Tue Dec 03, 2013 16:10 pm   Re: Spending our free time - Please rate my essay 

Hi Xsimio, I thought your essay was very good. I especially liked your introduction and conclusion. You had some good personal and detailed examples, but I don't know if your first one was that convincing. Maybe you need to say more explicitly that even when we appear to be wasting time, those activities can have valuable results. Your writing was generally very clear, but you did have a lot of small errors in grammar and usage. Overall, I would rate this a 4 out of 5.

Xsimio wrote:
Some people think that it is important to use leisure time for activities that develop the mind, such as reading and doing crossword puzzles. Others feel that it is important to give one's mind a rest in leisure time. Discuss.

Relaxing our mind has been a vital part of spending our free time for thousands of years. Most people find relaxing activities like reading a book while others love to stay in the park, just [watch] a boring TV channel or discuss {"discuss" needs an object - maybe "discuss the news of the day"} with friends in front of a cup of tea or coffee. Even if maybe some {"Although perhaps some people" sounds better} persons will not totally agree with me, I consider that two of the most important activities that should eat {"eat" has a negative connotation, so does not really work here} our free time are the reading of a book and outdoor activities with family or friends. {ok, but "are reading books and enjoying outdoor …" sounds better}

Reading has always been one of the activities that fascinated the human mind and as long as we read books written in a language that we do not find difficult to understand, we should find {these "finds" here sound repetitive} reading a relaxing activity. Of course, as long as the books we are reading are not too technical to make us realize that we are not reading for fun but for study.{this is not a complete sentence - add "this is true" before "as long"} {also, the last phrase is a little confusing} For example I remember when my sister told me that by reading for relaxation she found God and that changed her life. She was reading mostly religious books. {this example is a little confusing - finding God seems to be akin to developing your mind, or at least your spirit, so it seems a little opposite of just "vegging out"}

Another activity [that] I personally consider can have an important effect in our li[ves is] outdoor activities {a singular subject with a plural object sounds a little odd - maybe "is participating in outdoor activities …"} with family members or friends. Th[ese] activities {this is repetitive} will help us [stay] ingood shape for a long period of time and [at] the same time will help us develop strong close relationships with the persons{"people" is better here} we are spending our time with. And {avoid beginning sentences with "and" or "but" - here you could say "furthermore"} strong and close relationships are vital to have with people we would like to have around us for longer periods of time. For example I remember that when I was younger I [went] fishing [a lot] with my father and over the years this activity become very important for us and made ushave {"helped us have" is better} have a very special relation[ship].

In conclusion[,] spending our time [wisely] {everyone spends their time, there is no way not to!} is very important and we should have a really clear [balance] between spending some time and [just wasting] {wasting probably has too negative a connotation here, but "losing time" is incorrect} some time. I strongly believe that reading a book will help our mind and develop our vocabulary and when we have more time and [the] weather is [nice], spending some time outside with family or friends will help our relations[hips]. I just hope that [fewer and fewer] people will [place importance on] {is this what you meant?} activities like playing computer games and watch television series.

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