|2005 ‘Colour in the Commons’ Runner Up Inspiration Award
The morning was clear, bright and sunny, notwithstanding the October date. We set up tents and gazebos decorated with bunting and the trees were festooned with six foot high coloured-pencil-banners. The participants collected their artist packs filled with a variety of papers, a fine-line pen and pencil, oil pastels, a How to Begin Drawing leaflet and an information sheet:Everything you need to know about the Common.
Everyone signed in with a self-portrait in a zany pre-drawn frame on a giant paper roll before visiting Crick Crack the magical storyteller. The children designed their own Power Drawing t-shirts and visited the church to try gravestone rubbing. We had a nine-foot high dinosaur made out of recycled. A local cartographer encouraged people to try their hand at calligraphy. Members of the Chislehurst Artists Group dotted their easels around the common to inspire others. Crayon drawings on postcards were traded for helium balloons. Even the pub joined in offering free lunches and the chance to create pastel jigsaw murals of views of the common based on enlarged photographs.