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Meditate through the Pandemic

I have felt a severe creative block since the beginning of lockdown. My only saving grace has been to meditate, even though it’s been ridiculously hard. I’ve realised that meditation is so much easier to do when you haven’t got anxiety constantly trying to push itself to the surface.

The below images are ones that I’ve drawn after a successful meditation. I feel that doing them post-meditation is keeping that little bit of connection to my creative self open…

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The Eyes – Focus

“If your eyes are sound, your whole body will be filled with light.”

Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill.

I’ve been obsessed with drawing eyes recently, I think I must’ve drawn and painted around 50 in a week. I always try to listen to my little voice ‘Self’ when I’m creating and reckon I’m reminding myself that I need to focus and reconnect…

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People Watching Watercolour

Along with bring inspired by dull places that I see while I wait, I am  inspired by people watching.

I often wonder what people’s stories are, how they are feeling, what makes them laugh, when was the last time they cried etc

This curiousity and the artist Jim Lagasse inspired this quick painting. I wonder where they are going and what they dreamed about last night…

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Tourist at Home in Manchester

Yesterday I spent the entire day exploring as a tourist at home in Manchester. The day started off with a water taxi tour along the Bridgewater Canal viewing the canal banks full of street art, and further down the many tents pitched, reminding us of our cities’ homelessness crisis.

After a relaxing and insightful cruise down the canal we headed up to the John Rylands Library to engage in its amazing architecture and magical atmosphere and then wandered upto the Northern Quarter for a bit of street art spotting, followed by a walking tour around Ancoats, learning about the Cotton Mills and the regeneration and construction over the last 5 years or so.

All in all the day made me realise how much I am proud of where I am from and how much there is to learn about this ever changing city!

Here is a little watercolour painting I did today to remind me…

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While I Wait – Manchester Airport

So it’s Sunday late afternoon and I’m waiting in the busy arrivals lounge at Manchester Airport. I’m early so I’m sat facing a not so busy Boots shop, all I can see are rows and rows of products, sun tan lotion, hot water bottles (?!), travel pillows etc the usual ‘necessary’ products…

After 10 minutes or so I’m still waiting and I’m growing bored of the view, I want to see something more so I close my eyes. When I open them I see this…

A little dinosaur wanders past, wearing flip flops, oblivious to the paradise that has now blossomed in the shop, palm trees, butterflies, heliconia flowers and hibiscus flowers in full bloom, and all he’s concerned about is gorging on his cheese and tomato wrap!

What do you see while you wait?

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Dreams on Paper – Nosey Neighbours

I was looking out of the bathroom window at my deceased grandparents house, it felt like I was in the 1930s or 1940s. It was in the middle of a rainy wet night, the sky was filled with gorgeous shiny stars and swirly shapes and I was loving what I was seeing.

However, as I looked down I was startled to see an angry pig man and a mean looking woman staring up at me. I quickly pulled the purple blind down to shelter from their gaze!

I drew this as soon as I woke up and while doing so began to think about why I had this dream. Dreams are all about YOU / Self and can highlight deep feelings and emotions and offer solutions.

How did I feel in this dream? At the beginning…happy, mesmerised and curious. By the end…Vulnerable, judged and watched. 

What I take from this message from ‘Self’ is to carry on dreaming (as I was looking out of the window) and not worry (close the blind) if I see people taking notice (angry pig man & mean woman). I’m never going to please everyone, but must keep being myself doing what makes me feel happy.

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How does waiting make you feel?

Waiting can sometimes be boring, it can be frustrating, it can stir up feelings of worry and anxiety, especially if you have somewhere to be.

This was a place that I used to find myself in quite regularly, until I learned to let go of the things that were beyond my control.  Learning to meditate helped this process. It enabled me to calm myself down while waiting, realising that there was nothing I could do to hurry the wait but clear my mind and avoid the worry thoughts that would inevitably kick start anxiety.

Always having a notebook and pen to hand helps. It allows an escape from the current ‘real life’ situation into that of my creative imagination, which in turn creates more creativity, rather than anxiety!

 

These images are the first of a series ‘While I Wait’, drawn while I wait. The one on the right was waiting in a boring, bland, soul less Doctors surgery, the other was drawn while I was sat waiting in non moving traffic for 2 hours.

I hope they inspire you to think about what you could be doing while you wait –  and allow you to focus on something that is good for your mind and your overall well-being.

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Sketching Strangers Singing on a Stage

All the S’s

Out of the comfort zone, in public, but hidden at the back
The weeks daydream continuing, but emerging out of the black…

Evening sketching strangers singing on a stage.

I’m not technically good at drawing but I do enjoy indulging in allowing my hands to do whatever my mind feels at the time.

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The Women In My Mind

“You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou
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Inspired by Instagram

New works inspired by the many Instagram posts that I see of women (or men) stood in a provocative stance, with their artwork hanging somewhere in the background…