A Creeping Sense of Urgency

4 photographs of black line drawings, bear, vase, bath and foot, spoons

As I mentioned last week I’m currently taking part in an online drawing course led by Michael Nobbs. Just over a week into the course and I’m enjoying checking my inbox each morning for the drawing prompts and guidance.

I’ve been drawing regularly again since the beginning of this year and both drawing and photography allow me to take some time that’s just for myself.

I can become completely absorbed in drawing or the taking of a photograph and all the other things that need to be done, that usually seem so important, just get put on hold and are still there when I’m finished.

What I noticed today though, was a creeping sense of seeing the tasks for the drawing course as things that need to ‘get done’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m doing them, I’m enjoying doing them and look forward to seeing what everyone else on the course has been up to.

It’s more that, once I’ve done my daily drawing I feel like it’s something I can tick of my to-do list for the day, along with appointments I might need to keep or household chores.

It was interesting to realise that this was happening because I think being aware of it and recognising it as soon as it starts is helpful.

I’m taking it as a sign that I need to slow down a bit and take even more time to enjoy the creative process, the doing part, not just the production and completion of a drawing (or a photo).

If I don’t get a drawing completed on a given day (which has happened a couple of times already) then that’s OK and I can come back to it in my own time, otherwise the whole purpose of creativity for me will be lost.

Drawing What’s Important


The photography course I mentioned yesterday has overlapped by a week with a drawing course that I’m also taking part in. It’s a drawing course run by Michael Nobbs at Sustainably Creative and is based on his book ‘Drawing Your Life’.

I’m a little out of sync with the tasks for the course because:

  • I forgot to do my drawing for yesterday until this morning, and
  • I checked in on what today’s task was just after I’d eaten my breakfast and the task was to draw my breakfast!

So maybe tomorrow I’ll do a bit of catching up and do 2 drawings as I’d planned to do today.

The drawing I did this morning is from day 2 of the course and I decided to draw something that I love and that’s important to me. After a bit of thought I chose my very old and well-loved bear. He’s the one whose back features in my current avatar in the right hand side bar.

Daily Routine #7: Taking Photographs

Coloured rawing of Canon DSLR camera

Every day I do something creative. At the moment it’s usually drawing but even if I don’t do that, then I almost always take photographs. I usually take this camera with me when I go for a walk or out somewhere for the day.

Day-to-day photos I would usually on my phone to share on Twitter but I broke my phone last week and I’m waiting today for a new one to arrive, which is exciting but it also means that I’ve found myself taking fewer photos over the past few days.

However, I started an online photography course this week which runs for 2 weeks so I’m hoping that will spur me on to use my ‘big’ camera a bit more on a daily basis.

Daily Routine #6: Hair

Coloured rawing of hairdryer, hair tie and grip (hair pin)

Washing and drying my hair isn’t part of my daily routine – I usually do that every other day – but obviously I do something with my hair every day. So if it’s not being washed and dried it’ll simply be tied up with a bobble, or some of it will be pinned back with a hair grip.