I sent my camera away to be fixed the week before last. But like Kuwait during Ramadan, Switzerland was on a go slow over Easter and Canon was closed for the holidays! Nothing happened last week but the good news was I managed to speak on the phone to the man responsible (did he hear the desperation in my voice?) and he was able to fix it without waiting for parts. I was impressed that the main Canon dealer for Switzerland made it sound like mine was the only camera they were dealing with! It will be posted tomorrow (I have to authorise that by e-mail) and when it arrives at the local post office I will pay over the counter. Swiss efficiency!
I've really come to rely on that camera since I started blogging. I'm feeling like a wimp because I know I should be out there sketching instead but I'm too scared! (What if someone laughs out loud or gives me a pitying look?!) It didn't help to look at Tommy Kane's sketchbooks charting his travels! Unlike last week, I've found this to be the push that I need to keep drawing. I tried out my new Moleskine. I bought it a few weeks ago as they are sold in two of the shops in the main shopping street in Geneva. Strange that they should be in an electrical and department store but not the art shop. I've read so much hype about these books that I was sure I was going to be non-plussed and indeed I was for a couple of weeks - I started writing shopping lists in it. The pencil smudged like mad. But I sat on the balcony and sketched one of the fancy metal chairs and found that the smudginess works really well for shading. The paper is so smooth that the pencil smudges very evenly and the double page frames the drawing and somehow enhances it. I can see how these books have a natural affinity with pen though.
Since I don't have a camera and there is no pressure to post my drawings, this week I've given myself permission to scribble - just draw without any thoughts about how good or bad it might be. If I do a few good drawings in a new pad, I start worrying about 'ruining' it. It's not good for creativity so I've now got a pad for scribbles and rubbish - and that's one sketchbook that won't be published!