The Big Draw

Saturday, 7th October, 2006

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Big Draw month (see link below) has just got underway and, as a small part of that, this morning I'm at our local community event Coxley Live. Last month, the theme the first Coxley Live weekend was 'exploring the past', so Helen Thomas, John Welding and I ran a workshop called Drawing on Memories (see my diary for 9th September).

The Big Draw
Logo by Quentin Blake

facepaintingThis weekend the focus is 'celebrating the present' and 'investing in the future' so I'm inviting people to drop in and draw whatever is going on right now.

Painting Faces

The artwork is going directly onto children's faces on the next stall; big cats, butterflies and flowers. Another popular design is a colourful serpent that winds along your forearm.

Coxley Live

Margaret and MegSettling In

It seems as if every time someone comes around taking photographs of the activities they catch me either pausing for a mug of coffee or tucking into my sandwiches while children and adults sit absorbed in artwork around me. But, honestly, I did plenty of drawing today; for instance Margaret and Meg on a nearby stall chatting over their coffee.

When you've set out your stall at an event, it takes a while to get out of that rushing around mode and settle down. I find that drawing whatever is going on around me is a good way to start to focus and relax. If your first sketches don't turn out too well because people are moving about too much at least you're getting your hand and eye into action, ready for the rest of the day.

More about the workshop on the next page . . . next


Drawing Power 'the Campaign with a simple aim: to get everyone drawing. The Big Draw, the Campaign's annual October showpiece, proves that drawing can be a public activity as well as a private passion.'


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