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I’ve been slowly building up a stock of blank white greeting cards using a mix of linocut prints, cut out drawings, pen and coloured pencil.

By the end of this month, I hope to have a number of card sets (3 per pack) available online for purchase. It will be a test run, and given the amount of time it takes to make them, I’m expecting multiple short runs over time.

In the meantime, we’re off to Malaysia for two weeks, so where there’s wifi there will be daily posts and pics of our travels.

I’ve been wanting to get back to some drawing play and the kindest medium I know is willow charcoal. Why? Because it’s easily erased, is good for finger play and enables you to use an eraser for contrast.

Today’s attempt does bear some resemblance to the photograph. But in a sense, that doesn’t matter. What happens when you’re working with something like this is your brain gets to open up to other possibilities. It’s relaxing. And it’s also fun to get a bit messy.

rain drops 1charcoal - rain drops on lemon tree

A great opportunity presented itself today in the form of a drawing workshop (my first) at the ignite redlands light arts festival in Cleveland.

Artist Leigh Camilleri was our teacher and charcoal was the forgiving and filthy medium.

We began with tentative first drawings of our model.  Then contour drawings (no peeking now!).  Each step of the way, Leigh shared her considerable knowledge and dared us to be brave.

I loved working with the charcoal. The eraser and my hands became part of the play as we worked and reworked the final drawing (see the last two images) as a whole and in segments.

I learned so much in such a short time and will happily head back to the classroom later in the year after our big road trip which is approaching fast.

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