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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Or so said Pablo Picasso

My parents gave me numerous sketch pads when I was a child and I filled them with drawings that to me were masterpieces but might have just been a step above the anatomically incorrect stick figures and gravity-defying structures I saw through my childish eyes. What I did draw didn’t matter, though. The point is that I drew all the time and every time I sketched something, and transferred a thought from mind to paper, I was improving my skill and creating a new neuron connection in my brain. Eventually, I got better and then, one day, I’m not sure why, I stopped. I stopped drawing and spent a long time not creating, not expressing and focused instead on perfecting things that don’t need to be perfect, refining things that are better in their raw form and restraining myself because I thought nobody would care about the random musings or scribbles of a non-artist.

Sometime over the course of the past year, I’ve been slowly making a different decision. In 2016, I published a book where the cover is a simple picture I sketched one day when I was thinking about the character I was writing about. Talk about making a big leap.

It's Complicated: short stories about long relationships Written by Karen Wright
The first piece of art I really shared with the world was the cover of my book. I’ve always believed in “Go Big or Go Home!”

A few of the books I’ve read this year also helped me understand the power of making visual connections. One such resource is a small book entitled  Draw to Win by Dan Roam.

The book is also a great price on Amazon – just 11 bucks. NoteIf you click the title to purchase a copy,  I make a couple pennies commission at no extra cost to you and trust me, it’s a great book and would make an excellent gift – so buy 2 copies 🙂

Today, I’m sketching a memory of my bike since it’s too cold to ride

I’m thinking of sharing more of my doodles here on my blog so you, dear reader, can see my thoughts as well as follow my progress as I make visual arts a more consistent part of my life.

Do you sketch or doodle regularly? And do you save your artistic endeavors for your eyes only, do you get throw them away (yikes!) or do you share your scribbles somewhere?

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I don’t do much doodling or sketching now, but when my kids were little I drew a lot of faces for them and always liked that time in my life. Now we use a lot of hand drawn emojis when we write notes to each other. I think little sketches add a part of a person’s personality to the message, don’t you?

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  2. debolton says:

    When I was a little girl I use to design outfits in 3 subject notebooks. It had to be 3 for tops,pants and dresses. I would always have my notebook and colored pencil’s with a regular pencil replacing the white. My in between daughter now does the same thing. We are always buying her notebooks,sketch pads and surprise. I don’t design anymore but will continue to support my budding artist.

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  3. I’ll look forward to more doodles! I don’t doodle as much as I once did – though I am a regular contributor to our office whiteboard.


  4. Donna says:

    I love the title of your book, ‘short stories about long relationships’, such a catchy title! One of my goals for 2017 is going to be to get back into the habit of sketching. I always had a sketchbook growing up and I miss putting those thoughts into pictures.

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  5. I wish I had even a little bit of artistic ability. I see it in students but I’ve never had it. I think carrying around a sketchbook is akin to carrying around a journal.

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