Everybody, not just artists, keeps a notebook or sketchbook. Mine always seemed to connect up into a little story. At first it was just a travel diary, a day at the fun fair or a trip across Canada in a bus.
…which brings me back to thinking about the Divine Comedy of Dante. In Dante’s time, like our own, there were corrupt politicians and greedy bankers too. But he had a solution for this – to send them into the bowels of hell.
“Always carry a sketchbook with you”.
“Waiting for inspiration to strike is OK. Just make sure there’s a brush in your hand and you’re standing I front of a canvas when inspiration strikes”. – Robert Henri
This morning I am off on the train to Manchester to begin work on the transformation of Lily Lane School. There is going to be a complete makeover of the outdoor space led by Julia Clark, a visionary Headteacher.