In the Night Kitchen
Ah, Maurice Sendak’s great children’s book is a favorite of mine, and the title popped into my head last night while taking a few minutes to do some drawing in my sketchbook. I’m continuing to take at least 15 minutes a night to do a sketch, with or without watercolor washes. The point is to take some time to slow down, be in the present, and draw. Not worrying about the final product, but enjoying and investing in the process. IT’S THE JOURNEY! This is where I consider the meditative qualities of drawing to come into play. I have trouble turning off my inner voice, as well as living in the here and now. I spend lots of time thinking of the past or the future. I can’t draw on auto pilot, I have to be there. I think we all can be there, in the present, more.