Every morning (well, almost every morning) I fill three pages of A4 paper with stream-of-consciousness writing. The morning pages, as Julia Cameron describes them, are 'the primary tool of creative recovery.'
HMP Swaleside in Kent is the first UK prison to create a university-style campus. 85 student prisoners live and study in The Open Academy on A-wing.
Lots of learnings this week from the morning pages, plus a disappointing artist date that at least pushed me out of my comfort zone.
My inner artist and I arrived at Uckfield Millennium Green with high expectations and an even higher temperature; we had walked the two miles there from home with a rucksack full of art materials.
A violent storm tantrumed through the estate, kicking up litter and spitting on windows. Orange and purple and blue-grey clouds fled the scene in shame.
This week I have been identifying enemies of my creative self-worth. It's a lot less sinister than it sounds.
Bad news on day 2, good waves on day 3, and a magical coincidence on day 5...
Today I took my 'inner artist' out on an 'artist date' (Julia Cameron's words, not mine). We went for a walk on Eastbourne beach. I recorded a short video.
I received some disappointing news about my studio today.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.