The Big Draw Festival 2019
We're fast approaching this year's festival and the theme is 'Drawn To Life'. I'm so excited to be part of it again this year. As founder and host of Can't Draw Club, I'll be running events locally to encourage people to reconnect with drawing as a tool for relaxation, self-care and wellbeing.
My own relationship with drawing is still evolving but it is one area where I now practise full acceptance. I love my drawings as they are, imperfections and inexperienced lines included. I understand that judging what they look like (especially comparing them to anyone else's) removes all the wonderful things about drawing. It is a time when I am focused, in the moment and my thoughts slow right down to what is happening right then and there. It is my creative meditation.
I meet lots of people who have a negative relationship with drawing the way I did for a very long time. What we create is a part of ourselves. This includes drawing. Believing the marks you make when you draw are somehow unworthy or less-than only serves to damage your wellbeing and your sense of self. Who cares if your faces are always a bit wonky or you never did get the hang of perspective and scale? What matters is the process. Those moments of quiet observation, contemplation, imagination, expression are what makes us human.
Drawing is for everyone.