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Thanks to my daughter, I am no longer embarrassed about my "lack of artistic ability"!

Joined: 6/24/2011
Posts: 29

I never considered myself to be a good artist. Or even a halfway good artist. Okay, put it this way. I can not draw realistically to save my life! For instance, every time I try to draw the human form, it ends up looking like Fred Flintstone.

My lack of artistic ability was apparent to me at an early age. When I was in school, I had a friend who was really into horses. One day, I decided to draw a picture of a horse for her.

I worked really hard on that horse, trying to make it look as realistic as possible. When I was done, I gave my friend the picture and she thanked me. Later on, I caught her laughing at my horse with another friend.
And when I say laughing, I don't mean softly chuckling. I mean doubled over in hysterics.

"Look!" my friend hooted, pointing at the mane of my horse. "It has a silly hair-do!"

I'll never forget how crushed I felt hearing those words. Maybe that explains why I turned to writing as a form of creative expression, as opposed to art.

Now, ironically, I have a daughter who loves to draw. Okay, so she mostly draws pictures of cats. They're still really good cats. She obviously inherited her artistic abilities from my husband, who (also ironically) is an excellent artist. I, alas, am the odd one out.

One night, as Melissa and I were watching TV, Melissa announced,"This is boring! Let's draw something!"

Draw? Me? Fred Flintstone people...horses with silly hair-do's.....I felt embarrassed just thinking about it.

"You know I can't draw," I reminded her. "Why don't we play Junior Clue, instead?"

"No, I want to draw!" she insisted. "C'mon! It'll be fun!"

I reluctantly agreed. My daughter set us up with some printer paper and some Sharpie Markers. I put my piece of paper on top of a woman's magazine and stared at it in fear.

What on earth would I draw?

Visions of my friend laughing at my horse rushed back to haunt me.

I looked over at my daughter. She was busy creating an adorable rendition of a Persian cat in a garden.

Then it came to me. I would draw a giraffe. I like giraffes, after all. And here's the thing. I wouldn't even TRY to draw a realistic giraffe. I would draw a FUNKY giraffe!

I started drawing my funky giraffe. I gave him a really super long neck. And then I drew big swirlies all over him with a pink marker.

I banished my inner critic and just let myself go. That's when I realized something amazing. I was having fun creating art!

When I was done, I showed Melissa my funky giraffe.

"Wow mom!" she exclaimed. "That's cool. You have your own style!"


My own style?

Nobody ever said those things to me,before.

Thanks, Melissa!

And that's when it hit epiphany, of sorts.

Art isn't about being good or bad. It's about having your own style. Even if that style happens to be sort of..... funky!

Next thing you know, I'm off to Michael's Crafts, scooping up paints in bright colors, pastels, sketch pads, and more sparkles. I even made my own Christmas cards this year.

I know I have no artistic talent in the commercial sense. But that's okay. Art is something I do strictly for myself. Drawing and painting are super ways to relieve stress and tap into my creative side.

Thanks to my daughter, my long burried inner artist has been unleashed.

Who knows? Maybe next I'll paint a funky horse. Only this time, I'll give it a silly hair-do....on purpose!
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Comment by ninanina

Joined: 8/8/2011
Posts: 5
I like that - everyone has their own style. So many people are told by someone in their life that their not good at something, or they have a bad experience, and then that negativity sticks with them and they never attempt that particular skill again.
Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 5:45:47 PM
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