I was drawing wasps when they told me I couldn’t join in the animal drawing class. Sigh

Happy birth day….Tolstoy (sorta)

Falling in love with brush and ink.

Today I sat in a class called ‘Drawing for Designers’ a drawing class held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. They prioritize full-intake for senior students, so I probably won’t get in for the full term, but sitting in one lass was already a great experience. She would encourage these three-four minute drawing lessons with charcoal on easel - and the way she read our images and lines was really insightful. These are my attempts at landscape from images she projected across the room walls. When she explained the course it sounded like so much fun, but what can you do. I feel lucky to have had a taste of it. It was my first time with charcoal, working with such an emotive fine artist and using such huge paper. I’ve always loved the peace drawing gave, charcoal does the same but at a different, interesting level. I’m interested to see where this will all take me. Tomorrow is the end of a first week, it’s already been quite a ride.

I have signed up for several very intense courses and am worried about delivery, but I have to remind myself I only have a year to do this. I have to make it worth it. The day was spent mostly at the library, but to unwind I picked up my water-colour brush and some india-ink to draw loose drawings. I like just observing the results of this. I keep thinking about my favourites, like Ronald Searle (a large portion of the inspiration) and Steadman. To push myself I used to tell myself things like, ‘Pain is temporary’ or ‘Just carry on’ but I think his philosophy or approach is the best and most inspiring - it also keeps me going. “There is no such thing as a mistake,” when people asked him why he didn’t pencil in beforehand. “A mistake is just an opportunity to do something else.” I like where the brush and the ink take me. I have signed up for several very intense courses and am worried about delivery, but I have to remind myself I only have a year to do this. I have to make it worth it. The day was spent mostly at the library, but to unwind I picked up my water-colour brush and some india-ink to draw loose drawings. I like just observing the results of this. I keep thinking about my favourites, like Ronald Searle (a large portion of the inspiration) and Steadman. To push myself I used to tell myself things like, ‘Pain is temporary’ or ‘Just carry on’ but I think his philosophy or approach is the best and most inspiring - it also keeps me going. “There is no such thing as a mistake,” when people asked him why he didn’t pencil in beforehand. “A mistake is just an opportunity to do something else.” I like where the brush and the ink take me. I have signed up for several very intense courses and am worried about delivery, but I have to remind myself I only have a year to do this. I have to make it worth it. The day was spent mostly at the library, but to unwind I picked up my water-colour brush and some india-ink to draw loose drawings. I like just observing the results of this. I keep thinking about my favourites, like Ronald Searle (a large portion of the inspiration) and Steadman. To push myself I used to tell myself things like, ‘Pain is temporary’ or ‘Just carry on’ but I think his philosophy or approach is the best and most inspiring - it also keeps me going. “There is no such thing as a mistake,” when people asked him why he didn’t pencil in beforehand. “A mistake is just an opportunity to do something else.” I like where the brush and the ink take me.

I have signed up for several very intense courses and am worried about delivery, but I have to remind myself I only have a year to do this. I have to make it worth it. The day was spent mostly at the library, but to unwind I picked up my water-colour brush and some india-ink to draw loose drawings. I like just observing the results of this. I keep thinking about my favourites, like Ronald Searle (a large portion of the inspiration) and Steadman. To push myself I used to tell myself things like, ‘Pain is temporary’ or ‘Just carry on’ but I think his philosophy or approach is the best and most inspiring - it also keeps me going. “There is no such thing as a mistake,” when people asked him why he didn’t pencil in beforehand. “A mistake is just an opportunity to do something else.” I like where the brush and the ink take me.