I’ve been having a pretty rubbish winter this year. Feeling very down. The worst thing about it has been that I lost interest in the things that I normally enjoy and that normally lift my spirits. This includes things like writing my blog, seeing my friends, listening to music, reading and of course drawing.
The strangest thing about how my mood effects my drawing and how drawing effects my mood, is that ironically although it becomes one of the harder things to do, if I can get myself into a drawing, it also is one of the greatest helps. When I’m down I find it so hard to think of ideas for new drawings and get started with anything and I have a tendency to be very critical of anything that I do. But to get stuck into a very detailed drawing is a total distraction. There is simply no room in my head for thoughts either negative or positive and the sense of achievement when I finish a piece, whether I like it or not, makes me feel I am spending my time doing something worthwhile.
With that in mind I have recently been trying to do more abstract doodling, as my Mum put it, simply taking a pen for a walk round the page.
The good news is that I am starting to feel a lot better now, however I have realised I have been a bit lax in posting my drawings here and looking back over the last few weeks I now have quite a few drawings that I am quite pleased with. So there will be a few more of these abstract doodly drawings posted here over the next week or so until I am caught up. I’ll try and mix them in with a bit of location sketching too if I can.