stART where you’re standing

Why wait for the “perfect” conditions to land, or the just-right feeling to move you; where you are is the perfect place to begin.

Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…


Your turn to DRAW!

  • Wherever you’re at right this very minute, grab a biro and your receipt or a napkin or a gum wrapper and draw all the shapes you see right now, or the people walking by, or your own hand. As a rule, I always carry a sketchbook and here, I take advantage of a few minutes while I’m waiting to meet someone at the train station…
  • If you manage to grab a seat on the tube, for a bit of fun, doodle a schematic map of your route from memory. Or sketch a fellow commuter (who either doesn’t notice or doesn’t mind). Let the bumpiness of the ride add character to your drawing.

    Don’t worry; I know this guy!
  • Every gallery or museum in town has a shop if you’ve forgotten to pack a notebook; dig a pencil out of your bag, and get busy with the first thing that catches your eye.

    Quick stop to pencil in Thornycraft’s “Archer” (cast) in Crawford Gallery of Art, Cork.
  • Home is where the ART is… there’s no shortage of things to draw!

Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!


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Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!


Other artists who START where they’re STANDING ….

  • RISEGallery in Croydon, London “is committed to pioneering projects in which art plays a pivotal role in being a catalyst for positive change in the community.”

    Image: rise-gallery.co.uk
  • Yusuf Lateef is an American artist who founded Radiant City Arts in his local community of Toledo, Ohio with Akili Jackson and Benjamin Cohen whose works includes murals and community projects for Toledo Public Schools, The Toledo Fair Housing Authority and Bowling Green State University. Working with Lateef and Radiant City Arts, “… participants are able to share their thoughts and aspirations while learning about the fundamental elements of painting.”

    Artist Yusuf Lateef. Image: radiantcityarts.org
  • Socially Engaged Artist Salon (SEAS) in Brighton, England “is a space for exhibitions, events and workshops, and an artist’s residency that concentrates on socially and politically engaged practices and themes. Founded in 2016, SEAS has became a beacon for socially and politically engaged art in Brighton and the south-east England.”

    Image: seasbrighton.com

What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!

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