Notes from Ben Podcast – Everyday Art

Wonderful Oxford Aunt

Listen to a new podcast from Ben – (formerly the Being Happiness podcast, now Notes from Ben):

Recorded in the woods near El Escorial, I talk about creativity, sharing what you create, making art everyday, reading or not reading the news, and artist Agnes Martin and the film about her life Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World.

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Drawing above: Everyday number 40 – Wonderful Oxford Aunt. Neocolor wax crayons. More drawings on my Instagram page.

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Everyday number 39. Quiet. A great uncle, glasses removed, slightly transformed, different light. I’ve been looking at El Greco and for some reason that’s translating into ecclesiastical colours, the ‘crack where the light gets in’, what’s behind what we see everyday in front. Pencil drawing transported into Photoshop.



Everyday number 37.

Today we walked up to the highest mountain in Madrid’s Sierra Guadarrama, over 2400m. From the top you can see Segovia, like a tiny toy city, thousands of hectares of pine forest, endless peaks. And you cross a snow and rock moonscape in the last 40 minutes or so to reach the zenith. I don’t know how that translated into the drawing above, but it did. I heard an artist say recently that one of the most amazing things about art is the pure magic of creating something that wasn’t there before you started and could never have been made by anyone else. It’s true, it’s complete magic.


Everydays numbers 35 and 36. Yesterday and today. I missed Friday, that’s OK, can’t get too obsessive about this. Making art every day is wonderful, posting it online sometimes doesn’t fit with a life with enough rest. So ‘most days’ will do.

Today: Finding a quiet place (for my wife) in my dream. (Map)

Quiet Place in a Dream

Yesterday: Quiet (View of Fields)


I watched a documentary on how to paint like Agnes Martin. I only heard of her, indeed of the whole Abstract Expressionist movement, recently. I drew this while I watched. Drawing like this is very relaxing, meditative – there are about 790 marks in this image – and I like the result. I’ve always enjoyed making abstract art like this, the results are pleasing and the process very enjoyable – which is crucial! And a good reason to do more.