Art, Getting Busy

There are those days when someone passes by me whilst I’m at my drawing pad and exclaims, “I can do that!”


Graphite on card stock

I smile and keep drawing. After about a second, because I don’t want to lose the moment, I give them a pad and some pencils.

“Oh, no I couldn’t.”

But you just said your could. Give yourself this little gift, this precious time. Draw!

Some of the materials I favor are readily available at most office supply shops or even pharmacies. I chose them for that reason–wide availability.

Among my supplies I have A4 (8.5 x 11)  paper in white and a few colors, some A6 (4 x 6) plain index card stock, a few color pencils, #2 pencils, and blank journal books.

Then I scoop up my satchel and get busy.

I can do that.


Drawing Blanks–How To


Ink & acrylic on stretched acetate

Many times I look at a blank page and have a curious thought: “what’s in there

that I need to find?” Have I trained myself to think that way? Yes and no. I go

that way mainly because I rebelled against blank pages (and walls) so I drew

some shape or made a splotch of color or scribed a word or a sentence. So I kept

the habit as I lived. It’s like giving a horse a little nudge in a wide open field

with no one else present, just a friend, the wind, and wide open spaces.

So what is the “how-to” of this?

Move forward and try.

See how far you can take your day-dream. Better yet see how it can take you.

All it needs is a little nudge.

Curious By Choice

I am curious. I make a regular practice to ask questions.

I want to be curious, to admit when I don’t know and to ask the people around me for help. I want to develop the behavior of being curious, to question everything around me, to think with possibilities.

Dreaming of possibilities, asking “what-if” questions leads me to inventive and unique solutions. Innovation involves taking risks.  Taking a risk is not the same thing as being reckless. A curious mind is flexible and takes nothing for granted. A curious mind is well grounded in the real world, but keeps a map in her back pocket, more on mapmaking later.

When I was young I was told “you ask more questions than a Philadelphia lawyer,” and “curiosity killed the cat,” maybe to hush me or perhaps to offer a warning about the negatives of raising an unwanted question. I was a sophomore in high school when I discovered the second half of that old chestnut, “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.”

Nine lives makes a cat a cat and I believe at first if I don’t succeed try, try again. That’s only about a third of all the lives a cat has so I could cut myself some slack.

Curious is as curious does.

Keep asking questions. Take a risk with the curiosity you could be on to something wonderful.