Draw from life

Life drawing is fascinating, and difficult, and compelling.

The sessions I attended were at once exhausting and exhilarating.  The sheer focus is beyond studio; in designing, the mind moves quickly between considerations, from the practical to the artistic.  Every move is challenged and tested and played out against all the other competing desires.

Drawing gives serenity, and in return demands commitment.

Sometimes my mind was dancing all over the place – out of practice, out of focus – and I felt myself trying and failing to make that leap, to sink into the quiet and be absorbed in the marks I was making.

Life drawing reminded me that this kind of deep concentration can and should be a part of architecture.  That it is a kind of calm and depth that we need in our lives.  That every life is there to be drawn.