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-- 29 November, 2004 --

The Last Class for the Summer

apples.jpg This time of the year is so busy. School is winding down, or seems to have been for all of this final term. Days are swallowed up with exams and marking and camp and desperately trying to keep students engaged in something that vaguely resembles learning. In all of the busy-ness, the first thing that seems to be sacrificed is the creative self. We haven't been to an art class for the last three weeks and now we find that tonight is the last for the year. It is such a shame because the discipline of the class is often what keeps me going. It is so hard in a day of the everyday to find a space for the creative self. Something always seems to take precedence. The art class sets aside 2 hours that is only there for drawing. I will miss it for the summer. I will miss having 2 hours each week that is mine to be with me and Number Two Son.

Now the technical stuff - Staedler pastel pencils on A3 Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

Posted by robynls at November 29, 2004 8:29 PM


Robyn, I still can't get used to it being "summer" there in November! Theoretically, I would love to visit Australia and New Zealand some day, but as I hate flying so much, and all I can seem to muster is 6 or 7 hours flying across the Atlantic to England, I doubt I will ever get there! So what's it like to have Christmas smack dab in the middle of Summertime?

Posted by: Bex at November 29, 2004 10:55 PM

I suppose that it depends on who you are. My family descends from good English stock so we suffer through a good English Christmas with all the trimmimgs - baked dinner, pudding, brandy custard, Christmas tree and piles of pressies. The image of all Australians celebrating Christmas on the beach is a myth. The only people who do that are the tourists and backpackers who have nowhere else to go. Some years it's hot, some years it rains but there is very definitely no snow.

Posted by: Robyn at November 30, 2004 5:21 AM

The discipline to draw regularly is indeed a hard beast to tame....but keep going with it, make your own discipline over the holidays There shouldn't be a lack of subjects). I know I stuck a dry patch in Oct/Nov, but I'm back into now and feel much better for it. And re: a white Christmas, they tell me it did snow in Canberra on the big day about 30 odd years ago.

Posted by: Detlef at November 30, 2004 7:23 AM

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