I haven’t had time to draw much lately and that usually tells me something; that I haven’t had time to do anything but work, teach, sleep and repeat. all week. Quite tiring once friday comes around, but it’s nearly always worth the effort, especially if I see good work from my students, that gives me more energy.
i’ve been thinking lately that sometimes we do just need to stop and make sure we are doing what we want to be doing. What do you want to spend your time doing? What can we do during the day to incorporate our favourite thing? One of my faves is sitting in my favourite park and drawing, and that’s where the above drawing happened, and i love how it now reminds me of that day, that i actually took the time to sit and spend time doing what i wanted to do, in turn it actually gave me some energy to get back into work.
i always carry with me a stash of fineliners, copics, pastels, whiteboard markers and pencils in my handbag (that’s usual for a handbag right?), and no the above drawing is far from perfect, but my drawings never are, but that is just the way I like them, it shows more than what it is, maybe a feeling, maybe a memory, maybe a time and place.
what do you love doing?
It felt like we were just on a break from university, in between classes… playing around with cameras and walking around talking discussing life…. about to go get coffee…. when in fact the present moment kicked in.
This meant the following:
- That we have already graduated uni.
- We now have jobs.
- We don’t have homework.
…So what were Marc and I doing?
Well, great question, we were practising using our new Canon SLR Cameras! We both luckily have the same fresh model which is this guy and we thought we would give ourselves a bit of a walking tour to practise using our new cameras. Marc taught me some quick tips which came in handy during our tutorial, it also meant we had some good time just to stop and play with the settings that we all know I am not going to use much of. (hopeful as I am)
For myself, being a graphic designer by life, I often wish I was taught more about how to use a camera whilst at university, I am pretty sure it was around my time that the photography course wasn’t compulsory. Yeh I learnt back in the day about developing images in the dark room (a key memory being: ‘close the dooorrrr!!!!’) and loved that when I was at tafe, however I really need a refresher short course, hopefully I can jump on a walking tour soon to keep learning some new stuff. I know Greville Street Common had one a while back…. any chance of another one guys?
It’s interesting seeing what was taken and what stands out when in the moment, especially when I look back through the images and still love that I captured certain details. It was only a matter of time that we needed energy so after walking, talking, shooting and more shooting we had a great lunch here and then got straight back out on the street (in short… marc bought runners, i bought socks from gorman and we lived happily ever after on that thursday)