There’s one thing I like as much as drawing boats and sailing on them and that’s talking about it. I was lucky enough to be let loose at the London Boat Show yesterday with microphone and a decent sized audience who listened very politely to my ‘Top Ten Tips on how to draw boats’.
I promised to put the full list on my own blog so I won’t duplicate too much here, but I was trying to get across the importance of keeping going, even when what falls off the end of your pencil isn’t perfect. All creativity is messy. It’s easy enough to accept that learning music involves hours of practice and wrong notes, but when you start drawing and get it wrong, the tendency is to give up and say: ‘There, I told you I can’t draw!’ The way to learn to draw is ‘miles on paper’, just as learning the piano means scales every day.
To demonstrate my belief in the power of practice, I gave the audience a promise; if they begin a sketchbook and draw something on every page, what will be on the last page will be far better than on the first. But – and this is the important thing – only if there are no blank pages in between. All the best skills in life are worth working for, and as every sailor knows, the journey is more important than the destination!