Published: 26th Jan 2012

I was told a story recently about a schoolchild from a troubled background. Getting to school was an achievement. This day, classes required special pencils. The child had none. He couldn’t do the classes. The social worker and health visitor got involved. They ask if the child can stay at school, it being better than home. These decisions cost. The simple answer was to give the child a pencil to do what he wanted to do. I wondered what this child would draw. In a Jackson Pollock painting, each splash on the wall is a mark of anger organised. The thing about drawing is that every mark matters. They are a product of your decision-making. You are the only person that can decide what to show, how deep, and how little. The beauty of owning these decisions is that you shape the space to do what you feel you want … (To read the full article, subscribe below)