You Can Draw!

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You Can Draw!

In my Painter classes, I often hear my students say, "I can't even draw a straight line!" Each time I hear this I have to laugh because I don't know of anyone who is able to draw a straight line unless they use a ruler. A straight line is no indicator of whether or not one is able to draw. I firmly believe that everyone has the ability to draw, and what holds most people back is a total lack of confidence.

Of course, not everyone can draw perfectly, and your individual drawing skill will depend on how much or how little talent you possess; however, even if you're unable to draw as well as your favorite artist, nevertheless, you still possess the ability, with practice and training, to draw well enough to achieve a personal sense of satisfaction. My belief in everyone's ability to draw is a direct result of my exposure to of one of my personal heroes, the artist, JonGnagy.

I believe that you are an artist. I believe that everyone is an artist. When I say this I am not trying to be sensational. I merely state it as a conviction which has been proving itself for years in my beginners' art classes.
Jon Gnagy

Jon became very famous in the 1950's as a result of his TV show which continued to be shown until 1970, a very long-running television show. I guess I was about eleven when I discovered Jon, and I lusted after his "Learn to Draw Kit". The kit was out of the question for my mother. In those days a single parent, especially a woman, had all she could do to keep food on the table, much less buy art supplies for her child, no matter how much the child wanted them. ...and so, I made do, with a #2 pencil and a rubber eraser, and I followed Jon's show for several years, learning to master his basic shapes, the ball, the cone, the cube, and the cylinder. As the years passed, I went on to other interests, but always returned to drawing. These days, I can afford wonderful pencils, pens, brushes, and pastels, but they have never replaced the early thrill of being able to produce "art" from my simple tools, a pencil and an eraser.

More than Jon's lessons, his philosophy is what kept me pursuing art and drawing over the years, and I believe his philosophy to be true, that everyone is an artist, and that each of us contains that spark. So, don't let your lack of confidence hold you back. Pick up a pencil, a pad of paper, and an eraser. Set up a still life in your kitchen, go out in the yard and sketch a tree, hold your hand out in front of you and draw it, but whatever you do, don't stop trying. You will never know where it can lead you, and the journey will be one of the best ones you will ever take. 

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