|Chris Riddell - Children's Laureate|
5 Point Plan - the inspiration for this project
Not just for the kids
I’ve been with my husband for 21 years this July – and I never knew he could draw!
How can that have happened? How could I not know?
Initially, I thought that this would be a project for the kids. It would benefit them.
Ah, we do anything for our kids, don’t we?
Often I catch myself saying to our children, ‘Go and do some drawing or colouring, I just need to get on with this…’ Drawing becomes a Busy-Busy task in waiting rooms or car journeys.
No! Not anymore.
I didn’t expect this project to benefit us, the grown-ups – but it's only Day 2 and I’ve learned something about my husband I didn’t know – he can draw!
We’ve benefited elsewhere too.
Last night I was watching the Hubster, calm, focused, immersed in ‘Taking a line for a walk’ and it is the most relaxed I have seen him in months!
This is therapy people – forget Yoga or Massage – sharpen your pencils and get out your sketchbooks!
And for me too. I’m getting so much from this project.
I sat for my son as he drew me. We chatted. I giggled. He kept saying, ‘Stop wriggling, Mum. You need to keep still!’ It was lovely. And now I have a picture he drew of me. Not only that, I have memories of sitting around the table, together, locked in our own private creative worlds, carefully tracing an outline, watching the pencil move across the paper, but also in a shared world, of conversation and laughter.
This is special.
If you look at this blog and think, ‘I reckon I could do that.’ DO! Do it! Have a go.
Sketch for 5 minutes every day, post it on Facebook, Twitter, create your own blog, or just keep your drawings in a folder to mark (and treasure) your journey.
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