I dare you to draw!

One of the saddest things I hear creative people say, usually with a soft regretful sigh, “Oh, I wish I could learn to draw!”

My friends, you absolutely can and should!

Here is a brief slew of reasons to draw: it helps you relax, improves memory and concentration, induces a ‘flow state’, improves manual and visual dexterity, can help you communicate across language barriers, helps you understand the world around you, and keeps a person out of trouble!

I challenge you to re-think your assumption that drawing requires much innate talent. It is not so different than writing, a skill most of us continue to be taught to be at least proficient at throughout our entire eduction. For whatever reason, our educational system abandons the importance of art skills in order to focus on other stuff and many people who enjoyed drawing simply stop because they were never encouraged how to get beyond the skill level they had around 9 or 10 years old.

Now that I have offered you my thinking challenge: I dare you to draw! I find daring someone so much more powerful than offering a suggestion, it could be my own mental health issues but perhaps you share them too?

While there are many ways to learn, my absolute favorite is the book

There ya go, I dare you! I know you can do it, if you just do the exercises. You even have my permission to skip some of the science-y/theoretical stuff… some of it feels a bit dated (though fascinating), but the meat is in doing the exercises.

Now, if you need something to do to help challenge those limiting beliefs thanks for coming to this dude’s Ted Talk.

Healing in Color

yoga meditation painting

Hello, World! It’s been a rough decade, huh?

I’ve lost some loved ones, some jobs, some mobility, and some dreams. I’ve started to focus on recovery, poking into the traumas of my life and examining my reactions. Facing the long, lonely days of COVID quarantine, I purchased an iPad pro and Procreate and resumed a daily drawing practice that had waned years ago. It was nice, healing, and I learned to enjoy painting again, but I needed more.

Though I relish living alone and consider myself an introvert, I missed people. I crave community. I want to get my art off the dining room table and into the world. The more I’ve prodded into my own mental health, the more I’ve seen these themes come up in my work. I’ve been creating a happy place in my work, where color and texture reign, and I focus on topics and themes that encourage the skills I’m building: mindfulness, tenacity, curiosity, and embracing joy.

My aim in this blog to reflect and share how art helps heal our hearts, to be part of the supportive and thoughtful community of artists online, and having a place that’s all my own (I’m looking at you Zuckerburg!) to share my work and ideas.

Please join me on this healing journey! I’d love to connect on social media and I hope to start a monthly email newsletter soon. I’m so excited to connect with other artists, people in recovery, art lovers, and shoot I’ll even take some haters! It is the internet after all!