Ladies and gentlemen, be gentle. Be very gentle.
This is a very tentative blog. An insecure blog. A blog written by someone who has very few drawing skills.
It all started a few weeks ago. My friend Emma challenged me to draw a picture.
(A picture?? Oh no! Oh no! An inner voice says firmly, “You will not draw a picture. You can’t draw.” A second inner voice pipes in, “But it’s an adventure! It’s a challenge! We mustn’t say no!” A third inner voice insists “Never say can’t.”)
And so you–through clenched teeth and sweating brow–agree to draw.
But what? You moan your inadequacy to Emma.
“Draw a leaf,” Emma says.
You scroll through all your photos looking for a leaf. Ahh, here’s one. Here’s another. Draw them.
You then put it off for at least a week. Then you tentatively and painfully begin to draw, feeling like a 2nd grader.
OK. There it was. Drawn. Phew… Let’s try another one.
Except this one is a little more tricky. A little more challenging. Oh no! After several painful tries I even found myself over at the computer…kind of…lining up the leaf against the original on the computer screen. But Emma I did not cheat! Well, maybe a couple little lines. A couple little scribbles of directional assistance. That’s all.
Then I put them on the corner of the desk and looked at them cautiously for another week. When suddenly it grew clear: the leaves needed color! Don’t they?
So I borrowed seven or eight colored pencils from the school. The teacher kindly let me take them home for the evening without asking too many questions.
And within ten minutes of sharpening the pencils and applying green, red, orange, yellow, purple and other dazzling bits of color…the drawings were done. Finished. To my amateur satisfaction. They could now go in the mail.
Except. They continued to sit on the desk peering up at me. How come I couldn’t mail them yet? They were ready to go. Emma was probably convinced I would not follow through with the challenge.
Until suddenly this morning I woke up and Knew. The darn drawings wanted to go in this blog. They wanted to show people that Everyone can be Creative! Even when we’re drawing childish scrawls, we can still create if we open ourselves to possibility and attempt new things.
The leaves insisted. I sighed. OK, leaves. You tryin’ to embarrass me or what? See if I care! I will do anything on a challenge. And it sounds like you leaves are challenging me…
So there you have it. Emma, the leaves are in the mail. I only had one minor incident attempting to mail them. See the following picture? Can you guess what happened?
Yep. You guessed it. I walked out the back door onto the deck in the snow before grabbing the envelope and then returned inside, preparing to go outside the front door. When suddenly my snow-covered boots hit the wooden floor and….weeeeee!….what a ride….I slid across that wooden floor like a crazy lady on skates. Luckily, I did not fall. The leaves are in the mailbox. Hope they make it to their destination safely.
As for the rest of you blog readers, anyone up to a challenge? How about drawing a picture? Then you can post it on your blog…or you can email it to me and I’ll post it here. What do you think? 🙂