At first I thought that the combination of doing a course and very hot weather was a bad thing, but I’ve been glad to have Michael’s daily drawing challenges arriving in my inbox. They have provided an excellent distraction from the tedium of being stuck indoors avoiding the heat.
Sharing my images was a bit nerve-wracking at first, but it’s good to get feedback and to be inspired by other people’s interpretations of the same subject. I’m not sure whether my drawing technique is improving much, but my confidence is growing and I’m enjoying myself.
Michael advises using a timer to draw for 20 minutes. I’ve noticed that I find it much easier to lose myself in the drawing process when I know the timer will stop me before I get too tired. Until the bell rings I don’t have to focus energy or attention on anything other than drawing. Often we dream of having unlimited time in which to immerse ourselves in creativity, so it’s been interesting to observe that it’s possible to get into a state of flow in a short space of time.
Less happily I’ve once again been confronted by my tendency to rush at things. I find it difficult to draw a straight line, but I’m beginning to realise that success is more likely if I move my pen slowly slowly rather than trying to sweep it across the page with a flourish. I suspect that I need to slow down other activities as well.
With limited energy available it’s tempting to rush about trying to cram in as much as possible before I need to rest again, but maybe if I moved more slowly I’d actually achieve more… If only I could break myself of the habit of running up and downstairs!
Although I expected to do only line drawings during the course, I’ve been inspired by others to add a bit of colour here and there. So far the exercise I enjoyed most was drawing my teapot which I coloured using a paints I’ve had since I was at school! I will definitely be adding colour to some of my drawings in future. And perhaps thinking of ways to add more colour to my life in general.