A 365 daily drawing project begun in good faith, but thwarted by life, death, progress and other forces. I have since scaled it back to “regular” but I still aim to fulfil the 365 target.
The process has thrown up so many unexpected things, ideas, personal development, a noticing of what I notice, discovery of stories, and connection with other people,none of which would have happened otherwise. So I would recommend trying it, as long as you don’t mind loosing time and don’t value your sanity much.
I was extremely honoured to have my drawings mentioned in this Susannah Breslin piece on self negotiation and naming one’s inner critics:
“There’s Hypochron, whose superpower is overreacting to everything and also catastrophizing. Let’s not forget Lay-Ze-Bonez, which is quick to pronounce any lag in productivity a testament to one’s laziness. And, finally, we’ve got I’m Thirsty. I’m Thirsty is a head-only it-thing that lives at the bottom of a glass that is barely filled with water. It’s always thirsty. Despite the water. I hope you enjoyed meeting my new friends! It’s actually been sort of interesting and effective to think of the voices in this way. It makes them easier to be rational in relationship to. Let’s face it, these guys suck. As Ury writes: ‘Self-judgment may be the greatest barrier to self-understanding.’ “
We’ve had a rocky week here in the UK, ICYMI (unlikely).
There’s a lot of anger and resentment on all sides, and it becomes difficult to pull yourself away from the news stream because of the speed with which things are developing.
But we are where we are.
In a recent Guardian panel Paul Mason was asked to give one reason why he thought the Leave vote had won, he said this (I’ve typed it down as best I could from the audio):—
“Many people in this room.//who voted, like me, to remain will be going through a kind of existential crisis of the self, in the sense that the institution we have based our lives around is the EU. It’s the source of our law, it’s the source of our democracy, in as far as there is any, but also it underpins our opinions of social justice. Many of our life chances have gone, some of our young people feel as though their life chances are over, and our sense of self, of who we are, as europeans has been completely challenged by this.
That’s how it feels to be working class.
If in twenty years time your kids are offered the chance to ‘get one back’ against the people who did this to them, in one single vote, that’s what they’ll do.”
I’m hoping one thing that can come from this is that we learn to understand and listen to ourselves better as a country.
This is the first time I’ve managed to draw anything since last Thursday.