Drawing in pencil has been a bit of a saviour for me over the past couple of years. If you are a follower of this website or a recipient of my newsletters then you will wonder where I have been. Pencil drawings are a large part of the answer.
I have not released a newsletter for over two years. At the midway point of constructing a blog post to explain what has been going on, I thought I would post this interim one.
Having learned my lesson in the past about spewing my life over the internet, I will be more coy this time. It tends to find its way into newspaper articles which makes for very grim reading. Suffice to say, my health took quite a nose-dive and I have been out of action for much longer than I would ever have thought.
It goes without saying that I am very grateful for all the emails asking after me. It has been very much appreciated. Thank you.
Where Do Pencils Come In?
When I first got ill, the artwork just stopped. There was no point. I neither had the energy or the interest in creating anything. As I got a little better, I realised that there was absolutely no point in trying to paint. I couldn’t make it to the studio anyway and paint makes a mess of your bed linen!
This was where I rediscovered pencils. The coloured kind and the plain old graphite kind. Some days I could only manage ten minutes and that is still the case on a really bad day. However, I like to tell myself that ten minutes is better than no minutes.
There is something about graphite that I simply adore. It is quite therapeutic to gently stroke the paper and watch things develop slowly. Or very slowly in my case! The positive news is that there are some signs of improvement in my health and I am earmarking 2017 for a return to some kind of normal.
What Does Normal Mean?
The chances of returning to the level of drawing and painting that I was at before I was struck down are not likely. I am hoping to get back to being able to produce some artwork on a regular basis and that will be good enough to start with. If you ask an artist, they will tell you that they just have to paint or draw. It is this urge to create that has really kept me going. I am really looking forward to getting back into the studio, even if it is on reduced hours.
The thing is, having rediscovered pencils, I don’t know if I will ever return to paint again. It really doesn’t matter to me. So long as I am creating something.
For now, I will leave you with this drawing in pencil featuring a little figure lost in her book. It still has some finishing to do. The hands for example are just roughed in and don’t look right. This, and some other little details will be addressed. When this piece makes it into the gallery section of the website, there is a very good chance that the apple will be coloured.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away after all.