Imaginary spring walk

You are, in a way, what you draw. So I’m mindful of how subjects help or hinder my mood. After a winter of studying wispy, graphite trees, I started to feel my mood turn graphite-grey too. I needed to think about the spring. Fresh greens and bright yellows! Though we may be largely indoors, the … More Imaginary spring walk

The EMT who draws

Alone at night in a remote ambulance station, some miles from the city where my son and I sleep, my partner gets his drawing book from his kitbag. He waits for control to contact him, but the only sound is the station shutters banging in the wind. Any minute now his radio will go off, … More The EMT who draws

Art versus anxiety

Art can take you anywhere… if you let it. Soaring mountains, castles in the sky, mossy woods. When I feel anxious, art takes me by the hand and I go on a creative journey. Sometimes that place is right in front of me – a cat on a sofa, clouds in the sky – and … More Art versus anxiety

Drawing wintry woods

I used to find wintry trees bleak. I would count the weeks till spring’s first eruptions of green. Now I see how beautiful their bare structures are, reaching up to the sky like hands. Asking the sky for something, almost. Your pencil can have real freedom when throwing bare branches onto the paper – mimicking … More Drawing wintry woods

Restart the art

“I can’t draw,” people say all the time. But art is also a form of playing – a process to enjoy regardless of whether the result ends up on a fridge, a gallery wall or in the recycling. Art would spill onto our pages if we moved past self-criticism. So recently, when self-judgement hindered my … More Restart the art