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The Days Go by Like Wildness

Colin Matthes, The Days Go by Like Wildness, pencil on paper, 9 x 12 inches

I draw with my kids, who are seven and five years old. Their freedom and joy while drawing is contagious. Once the kids are asleep, I unwind by drawing in my studio or on the couch while watching shows and having a few drinks with my wife. In the morning we start again. This daily drawing cycle produces cathartic, satisfying drawings of moments piling up. They combine imagination, influence from the kids, objects we live with, and narratives from books and shows. I have abandoned indecision and self-consciousness, making these drawings without an agenda. I simply draw because I draw. As my daughter says, the days go by like wildness. I am more free than ever.



Colin Matthes has been making instructional drawings for the past thirteen years. This drawing practice has drastically improved Colin’s remembering, storytelling, and creative thinking capabilities. Total Essential Knowledge workshops are how Colin shares and teaches these creative breakthroughs with others.

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