Circling and returning

Recently I’ve been feeling like I’m at the top of a growth cycle. You know, just before things move forward in new ways, before a breakthrough. So this week I designed Expressive Life Drawing class to reflect this. We made 2 minute drawings, three of them, working across and around the body,using different techniques each…

Permission and expression

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we give ourselves permission. The inner critic is strong, and we have ideas in our heads about what is a ‘good’ drawing. And also, what fear looks like. Slow, careful, diffiult lines, with shoulders hunched, eyes screwed up, and all the while fearing who is looking over our…

Keep moving

One of the great things about teaching is that I get hear myself explain the processes I go through all the time in the studio. This week was the last of a block of classes, and I shared what I know; that I can teach, only because I do. All of the fear, the uncertainty,…

Artist residency at St Mark’s Church School- Week 1

I am the 2018 Artist in Residence at St Mark’s School in Wellington. I’ll be here all term, working with every class exploring expressive drawing. I’ll teach them exercises, respond to their projects, and make my own drawing to be displayed in the school. Today is Thursday and we have had a wonderful week so…

Drawing through touch

In Expressive Drawing Class we do this exercise where we draw through touch only. You close your eyes, and I give you a fragment of sculpture from the studio. They are lumpy, tangled, odd, silky. They are not things that you usually see, and so you can’t identify them. You have to feel your way…

The joy of being led

Yesterday in Expressive Drawing class, folk were talking about how lovely it is to be led for a change. A number of people who come to each class are usually leaders in their life or work, and it’s a relaxing change for them to be guided for once. And me too! Recently I have been…