I ended the last school year making a series of drawings of the school building where I work. The idea was to make a series of images that may turn out to be useful for the forthcoming year, a vague plan I have for a series of lessons. As it turned out the series of three drawings became combined to make a card I gave to a few departing colleagues as a memory of what they are leaving behind as they move on to other things……(any colleagues who have moved on to other things, and I didn’t get as far as dropping a card in your pigeon hole, if you’d like one let me know, I’d be more than happy to send one through….pure disorganisation at the end of the year!) The fact that our school will be celebrating its 75th anniversary gives the ink and wash drawings an extra meaning perhaps.
I’ve subsequently spent the summer holidays travelling around Orkney, the island group between the Scottish mainland and Shetland. Here too I have spent my time recording, documenting, and committing to memory the world around me in an extensive series of watercolours and drawings. The activity makes me look hard, experiment a bit with what I can achieve on a small page of my notebook with a very limited set of artistic tools. It is a good exercise, but above all, it is a fantastic way to record the experience of travel and to be able to return to it in the future.