9.26.2014 After conducting a series of self-directed experiments in drawing class such as: drawing everything with straight lines, applying graphite so thick the powder drifted off the page and down onto the floor, and random charcoal smudges which I then scratched away with a key; my drawing teacher picked up on my desperation and we had a little talk.

This was her advice:

If you want to 'get it', lock yourself in your studio and draw nonstop for three days.

Surprisingly, I found I was ready to undertake such a journey; she had given me permission to let go entirely into an impulse I would never have imagined I loved so much.

I left work early the next Friday, the start of a three day weekend, picked up falafel, went back to my apartment, and began to draw.

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