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September 2021

'Free' drawing is very meditative. And, in these dark times, I fully recommend it. I also recommend this mini-LP by Marta Forsberg. I discovered her work on Bandcamp about a year ago, and since then I've watched a few of her performances on YouTube. It's all gloriously experimental, but New Love Music is probably one of her most 'accessible' recordings - fantastically simple album title too. I made this drawing blind using a sharpened HB pencil on a 21x21cm square piece of 250g/m2 acid free Clairefontaine paper while listening to New Love Music (continuous mix). Have a listen below. https://youtu.be/A8fRrV5ZsRM You can find more of my drawings to music on Instagram. Lastly, below, is a live performance of New Love Music. https://vimeo.com/325696865

I drew covidcard no.104 during snatched moments over a few days. It was only after I finished the drawing—although, I'm never quite sure when any of these drawings are ever quite finished—that I discovered the Al Jazeera article about COVID-19 in Singapore. The story seemed a good fit for the drawing. “We are on a path of transition to a new normal of living with COVID-19,” Health Minister Ong Ye Kung told a virtual press conference on Friday. “It is a journey that is uncertain and full of twists and turns." - Al Jazeera, 20 September 2021. covidcard no. 104 - not quite finished. Drawn using Marvy Uchida For Drawing, Rotring Tikky and Steadler Pigment Liner pens and two HB pencils on a 21x21cm square piece of 250g/m2 acid free Clairefontaine paper. covidcard no.104 - starting out covidcard no.104 - a little bit more covidcard no.104 - some more covidcard no.104 - finished

I started drawing this covidcard soon after I read this article in The Guardian. "In the UK, the majority of those now in hospital with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Many face their last days with enormous regret, and their relatives are telling their stories to try to convince others like them."The Guardian | Tue 14 Sep 2021 06.00 BST It's a sad, depressing read, but (rightly) it's not judgmental towards those who had the choice to receive a vaccine, but for whatever reason chose not to. Living in West Africa—where vaccine supply is extremely limited—it is hard to understand those who live in rich countries who choose not get vaccinated. This article helped me grasp at the thinking behind their choice to abstain. beginning to draw covidcard no. 103 I drew this using a Marvy Uchida For Drawing 0.1mm black pigmented ink pen on 21x21cm square piece of 250g/m2 acid free Clairefontaine paper. nearing the end of covidcard no. 103 You can find more of my covidcards on this blog. I've posted many more to Instagram. covidcard no.103

An album of Tibetan bell music made by white folk in 1972 might conjure up images of hippy trail beatniks down a Kathmandu back alley attempting to jam celestial monk music. And, you'd not be far off—a lot of this recording is calming and other-worldly—but some strands within this seven-track album are also quite jarring. Various websites state that this LP was "the first recording to use Tibetan bells". I don't know if that's true or not or how you could even verify that claim. I do wonder how these artists discovered Tibetan bells back in the early 70s. Unfortunately, the Internet appears to have very little information about any of the musicians who played on this recording. drawn to… Tibetan Bells by Henry Wolff, Nancy Hennings w. Drew Gladstone (1972) close-up This is another drawing in my drawn2music series. I made this drawing blind using an unsharpened HB pencil on a 21x21cm slightly faded piece of 250g/m2 acid free Clairefontaine paper.