Saturday, May 30, 2009

So you think you can't draw

[pages from my sketchbooks (c) colette copeland]

These drawings are from the sketchbooks of someone who thought she couldn't draw.

For most of my life, I believed I couldn't draw. I had made a couple of drawings that showed promise and that should have told me a different story, but I tossed the idea aside as a fluke. My belief was stronger than the evidence. When I look back on some of my old sketchbooks, I remember those years of believing I couldn't draw and shake my head. You really don't know something until you've tried. Happily one fine day, I decided to try, for no particular reason. It was at a time when I was learning to follow my intuition without endless questioning or second-guessing.

Belief: it's such a powerful thing, both for positive and negative. The wonderful thing is that we have a choice in our beliefs.


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  2. I so appreciate reading this because I am experimenting with drawing and am trying not to be too judgemental. Thanks for this post.

  3. It seems a lot of people or even our friends think they are not talented. Asking how we created that project? I encourage all to look inside, we all some artist in us! Wether it be drawing, painting, cooking, sewing, and so much more! Your someone has that hidden artist, she let it out! Yeah for us! Tell her thans for sharing.

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  5. We can all draw!!! I teach ART to kids of all ages and starting in 4th grade we all start having this idea that we can't draw.... no so at all.... we all draw with different styles is all... Keep drawing...

  6. Thank you so much for my gorgeous vintage butterfly piece you made for me! I adore it! Colette you made my day!

    Beautiful drawings and sketchbook pages. I really should get going with mine again!

    Love and hugs, Carolyn x


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