The Big Draw
As Autumn approaches, artists and budding artists are looking forward to The Big Draw which runs from 1 - 31st October. They will have the chance to draw in museums, meet new people and learn new skills.
However, I have already started. Last weekend the Guardian and Observer ran a free guide on drawing and painting, with tips from experts. I thought I would be overwhelmed by the information, but it was useful and inspiring. A drawing is an 'imprint of the soul', so, in effect, anyone can draw.
Today I tried to draw the job centre; it was the only thing I saw other than the car park from the park bench. It definitely does look like a jobcentre, boxy and soulless. Maybe drawing jobcentres 'is my niche'.
The Big Draw is also an excuse to drag friends who aren't interested in art to join the fun. Sure we may laugh but we all have to start somewhere.
I plan to join an Art class in October so The Big Draw has come at a perfect time for me.
One of my favourite artists is Stephen Wiltshire, he is autistic and draws cityscapes. His pictures have a kind of 'energy'. I may not have his amazing memory but perhaps I can learn some of his skills.
This month-long programme spans art, science, design and the environment. It connects generations and communities, showing that drawing can be an enjoyable public activity as well as a private passion. The annual Drawing Inspiration Awards recognise the organisers of the most inspiring and engaging Big Draw events".