Big Day

Monday 1st March 2021 21:00

New month. Gorgeous Spring weather. Big day…

Got my invitation for the vaccine (WooohHoooooo 🥳!), and I’ve been tentatively planning ahead for when we can all gather again (a few months yet I know, but you gotta have a goal, right 😊).

So for the last couple of weeks I’ve been focussing all my efforts on the idea of community spaces to encourage everyone to simply get together and draw, that I shelved when the pandemic hit.

I’m in the process of negotiating for a small amount of ‘new enterprise’ funding to help with setting up a community interest company, and it all now officially has a new name – Doodle Inn.

Last week I designed and built a new website: And today, on the first anniversary of 61 Not Out launching on Patreon, I’ve launched Doodle Inn there too (, with the idea of holding some virtual Doodle Inns while we’re all still isolated, just to get the word out.

It feels really, really good to be ‘doing’ again!

Better days are just around the corner 🤗.

Who’s Driving This Bus?

Monday 17 February 2020 21:35

I think I’m back. After over a fortnight in the grip of some horrible cold virus, today I have at last felt as if I’m on the road to recovery. So time to get back to this; and, er, that.

That, in this case, being the non-earning but important to do from a creative life sustaining kinda way idea of finding somewhere to set up a real life creative space. Or that’s what I thought it was. It seems this idea has bigger ideas for itself.

About a week ago (was it?), not being up to much, I did a bit of searching for a suitable website address, and came up with “Drawing 4 Health”. It wasn’t my first choice, but other domain names had already been taken in some form, and I’ve always followed the premise that it’s wisest not to just choose a different ending (the “” etc bit), because you don’t want potential site visitors being sent to someone else’s site instead. So, it was. And on a redirect, just in case.

That bit was easy. Putting a site together wasn’t, not least because I didn’t really know what I was doing this for or why. It just seemed to want me to do it. Which brings me to a theory you may have heard before: that ideas aren’t ours at all.

The theory (which I fully subscribe to) is that ideas are out there, floating around, looking for someone who they feel might make a good job of turning them into reality. You’ve heard people say that an idea “came” to them; well that’s it exactly. You don’t “have” an idea; an idea “comes” to you, it chooses you. It’s up to you to do your best with it.

And so it is that I find myself listening to this idea (an idea I thought was mine, but I now realise isn’t at all), and doing my best to carry out the instructions it’s giving me.

Like the person sat behind the wheel of a driverless car – I have no idea and no control over where we’re going. It’s all as much a mystery to me as to everyone else what this is, and where it will end up; but I’m enjoying the ride.

Drawing4Health is still very much a work in progress. I wanted to have something out there to give an impression of what this idea is all about, before seeing the people with the lovely garden space, hopefully on Wednesday. In time the site will have proper graphics – for now there are coloured slabs with a bit of text glued on. But I think it’s starting to take shape.

See what you think. But don’t expect me to answer questions, I’m just following instructions…