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-- 30 March, 2006 --

Doing it in public

Doing it in public
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
Periodically on the EDM discussion list someone will ask about getting over a reluctance to draw in a public place. Every now and again a member will proudly announce that they pulled out a sketchbook in the park or Starbucks and captured a moment of their day. Today I responded to this occasional thread by saying that I was past the stage of being embaroussed about drawing in public and can quite happily bore The Poet to tears while I draw when we are having a coffee but I can't draw in front of my friends. I think that I am afraid of being seen as a show-off. One person on the list suggested that I say that I was doing an assignment for my art teacher. Great idea, I thought. I could even use it with the girls in the classroom. I took my pencils and Moleskine into my Year 8 Wood Technology classes in the last 2 periods this afternoon, thinking that I might sketch the girls during a quiet moment while they were working. The blank space below is the result of my efforts during 1ΒΌ hours.

Posted by robynls at March 30, 2006 4:18 PM


This is not a bad thing, teaching, which may at moments be reflective, does not have quiet moments. There is always a dialouge. It may not be expressed or audible but it still exisists. The page that you offer here may mearly represent the white noise of contemplation of the students.
Art can be like that.

Posted by: Gail at March 30, 2006 9:37 PM

You got over the first step...which is breaking out the sketchbook in the first place. It will get easier! Best of luck.

Hey, Danny says that words are just lines which are art - so technically...you DID draw in public!

Posted by: melissa at March 30, 2006 11:26 PM

Weren't inspired? Shell shocked? :-)

Posted by: Bonnie at March 31, 2006 12:34 AM

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