Rima Staines , I went back to my graphite pencils and produced a little drawing of a strange and mysterious lady. These drawings are so difficult to photograph, the camera doesn't seem to quite capture the softness or the detail of graphite. Of course, it could always be the photographer! This is returning to an old and familiar love for me, graphite and colour pencils were my medium of choice as a child, and if I look through my old high school folio (because of course, I still have it) almost all the work is in pencil. There is something lovely and delicate about it, and of course, total control...pencil is very forgiving. I love building up layer upon layer of light strokes, creating different textures and depths of tone. And very good for teaching patience...something I think I have lost a little. I'm not sure I could spend weeks and weeks on the same piece as I used to in my school art class. Another thing about my high school folio...so many of the pieces never quite got finished, often a drawing contains a beautifully detailed bottom right-hand corner, and the rest of the page just a vague sketched outline.