Do I need to have a dedicated time slot to draw? Well… I think, no. It is great to have chunks of time planned around creative output but it seems that we need to also react to observations and experiences when they occur. That immediate response is invaluable. Yes, we can build on them but making some marks on paper as a direct result of something affecting you is key. As a person whose art work is based on observations and the experience of seeing I need to seize the moment.
Planned time and work space is essential but it doesn’t always give rise to great experiences or observations. They are part of the everyday.
I thought about this when I visited the Blue Mountains this week. A ride on the train with my family lead to this little sketch I made in the carriage. I didn’t have a ‘sketchbook’ with me but I made do. This isn’t about making a drawing but recording the experience. My daughter wriggled and chatted in the seat next to me. I was attracted to the shapes, colours and design of the train. We’ll see how I can build on this later.