Week 14 – The renovations and my writing still take up most of my time and focus. But, things do progress in other ways as well. To get back into illustration and printmaking, I returned to my sketchbooks and tried a course on Domestika – Illustration Techniques to Unlock your Creativity – a course by Adolfo Serra. So far, it’s helping me to loosen the tight springs in my chest that scream for me to produce, produce, produce, and instead makes me play with colours and shapes in various techniques.
Sketching straight onto paper in ink – no pencil or eraser allowed – frees a lot of energy, and revisiting long dismissed tools – watercolour pens, pencils, or brushes – works against getting cemented into familiar grounds.
The framing around the new glass door is stripped from layers of old paint and shines in rimu again (nail borer holes and all).
Two raised beds are planted, and the foundation for my garden wall project is laid. Just in time, the weather has turned to bucket rain mixed with icy Southerlies ripping through my new planting wreaking havoc through my seedlings and most other plants …