Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

I wish I could draw

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stickPainting is just another way of keeping a diary. ~ Pablo Picasso

My older sister was born with the artistic gene. As a teenager she had a sketch pad full of drawings. She had the innate ability to take a white page and turn it into a work of art. Then there was me, I could barely draw a stick person. I wanted a sketch pad like hers, filled with drawings of animals, cartoon characters and scenery, but I never did.

As we grew, so did her abilities. She could take a pile of dried flowers and turn it into a beautiful arrangement. A piece of plain card stock skillfully transformed into a lovely greeting card, by her creative touch. Ten years ago, she gave me a card making starter kit, to this day, it’s never been opened.

I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not artistic. I’ll never be able to draw a scenic view of the ocean or paint majestic mountains, but that’s okay. We’re all born with our own unique gifts and talents, mine just isn’t drawing.

3rd attempt at drawing my cat I had in my 20's

3rd attempt at drawing, Rudy…yes, she was a cat.


What talent do you wish you had?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

122 thoughts on “I wish I could draw

  1. Your stick person and cat have a certain charm, Jill. I think if I was to wish for a talent it would be the ability to either sing or play a musical instrument. A friend belongs to a local ‘rock’ choir and has real fun there. My son plays the clarinet beautifully but I can’t even blow a note. Playing the piano would be nice.

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    • Thanks, Jenny. I think a ten year old could probably do better, but it’s okay. I always wished I could sing too. I’m the worst. I did play the clarinet for eight years, but not ‘beautifully’ like your son. Have a great weekend! I loved your tour today, thank you!

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  2. I love your drawings, and this post.

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  3. I wish I could play the piano more proficiently. I had the lessons so I read notes. Brother #2 never had lessons and just sits and plays by ear! Years ago we bought a player piano because I longed to sing along. Alas, the motor went kaput and no piano repairman in Houston can fix it. All those piano rolls and they can’t be played.

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    • Oh, that’s a shame, Georgette. Growing up, there was a local pizza parlor that had a player piano, I loved it. Like yourself, I wish I could play the piano too. I’ve thought about taking lessons as an adult, but I don’t own a piano, so practicing would be impossible. Happy weekend!

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  4. I wish I could draw. I have a couple of friends who are artists and I envy how they can create works of art from “doodling.” I think part of my desire is that it’s easier to “show” people what you can do. My family has always been supportive of my knitting because they can see it. It makes sense to them. But my writing freaks them out because it means that they would have to sit and read what I’ve written. They can’t just look at it and understand. Baby blankets are easier to grasp (pun intended) πŸ˜‰

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    • Your talent for knitting is amazing, Marie. The pictures you’ve posted of your work are incredible. I can barely thread a needle, so I admire your ability.
      Oh, those people who create magnificent works of art and say they’re just ‘doodling’…I want to break their pencil or paintbrush! I’m just kidding, I admire those artists.
      Love the pun! Enjoy your weekend and relax!

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  5. Oh Jill, I love your cat drawing, it is so sweet! Way better than mine I can assure you! I always admire those who can draw, or paint or anything artistic. As you know, my daughter is very artistic but she certainly didn’t get it from me! I always wanted to play the piano and although I taught myself a few songs side by side when Nicky was learning as a young boy I forgot it all and all I have left is my beautiful, old, second-hand piano which I refused to leave behind in the States. Sigh…one day!
    Your talent is writing that’s for sure, and what a talented family you all are!
    I want to thank you so much for all your support of my posts all this week Jill, it means such a lot. You really are my shining star πŸ™‚
    Wishing you and Derek from Devon a super weekend as always πŸ™‚ xo

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    • Aw, thank you, Sherri. I wish you didn’t live so far away! I bet your ability to draw is better than you’re admitting. I wonder if your daughter would give you permission to display some of her work on your blog…I would love to see it.
      Oh, the talented Nicky, he got the music gene. I’m happy to read that you’ve kept your piano. You should take lessons…yeah, like you’ve got the time. πŸ™‚ If I owned a piano, I would definitely take lessons. Learning to play the piano has always been a dream of mine.
      I’ve enjoyed your posts this week. I was relieved to learn you’re not leaving your husband for the lighthouse keeper! πŸ™‚
      DFD says ‘hello’ and we both hope you have a glorious weekend! xo

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      • Ahh, me too Jill, I really do πŸ™‚
        I can assure you that my drawing isn’t great and funnily enough I have been working on getting my daughter to allow me to share some of her art on my blog and I’m not giving up!
        Nicky did get the music gene, yes, although he is bit fed up at the moment as his guitar needs fixing ;-(
        You and I share the same piano dream, how lovely! We will have to take piano lessons at the same time and compare notes (no pun intended, ha!) when we do πŸ™‚
        I’m glad you enjoyed the posts Jill, thanks again, and yes, Hubby is relieved too, although he had to admit that there are perks to being a lighthouse keeper lol πŸ˜‰
        Hello right back to DFD and I hope you are both having a glorious weekend too. See you tomorrow πŸ™‚ xo

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      • I do hope your daughter agrees to allowing you to post some of her work. So many of us would love to see it. I’m sorry to hear about Nicky’s guitar; no doubt he’s frustrated. I hope it’s fixed soon. Have a great week, Sherri! xo

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      • Thanks Jill on all counts and I will do my very best! You have a great week too πŸ™‚ xo

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  6. Sing! I wanted to be a rock star! Ok, that was ambitious but I wish I could sing on key.

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  7. Um, I hate to disagree with you, Jill, but you ARE artistic. You’re a writer aren’t you? The written word is an art form! You “draw” pictures in a reader’s mind with the written word. Yeah! That’s right! Go forth and produce art.

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  8. Dance! I wish I was graceful and agile and had rhythm and balance! Great post Jill and I love your stick drawings. I wish I could draw too. And I wish I could sing. And cook. And ice skate…… etc. etc. etc.

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    • Thanks, Dor! Your comment made me laugh. I think watching the Olympic games the past two weeks has made many of us wish we could do many things. We all have our own unique talents. I know yours, aside from writing is photography. I always enjoy your photos. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Jill: I think you underestimate your artistic abilities! I think your examples are wonderful. As for my “wished-for” talents, I still am hoping to be a major league baseball player! One of these days… πŸ™‚

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  10. My drawing skills are on a level with yours, Jill. Commiserations! πŸ™‚

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  11. Oh I love your cat Jill!! πŸ™‚ I wish I could play a musical instrument and look really cool doing it. My mother paid for piano lessons (for what seemed years but was probably only a few months) until the music teacher said he felt bad taking her money because it was painfully clear I had no talent for music….or math it turns out.

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    • Thank you, Yolanda. πŸ™‚ Oh yes, looking cool while playing an instrument is a must. Thanks for sharing your piano lesson story, that’s funny. I’m happy to know there are a few honest people in the world.
      We must be related, I was always terrible at math too, especially Algebra. 😦
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. would love to have the talent to illustrate my own picture books…

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  13. Dear Jill – this post made me chuckle – I heard myself in your plaintive cry ‘I wish I could draw’ mine is ‘I wish I could sing!’

    Life, as you know, is an art form – art is found everywhere and drawing [and singing] is just one aspect.

    But I hear you – you are comparing yourself to your sister whose natural ability with ‘drawing’ only made your efforts look ‘less than’ and when we are confronted with that our response is so often to give up – hence the unopened gift that your sister gave to encourage you to join her in her love for crafting ….

    You actually can draw, that little cat is obviously a cat. Drawing is simply taking what you did and beginning to change it up, bit by bit, day by day, observation by observation …….oh, just the teeniest bit like practising your writing perhaps πŸ™‚

    I think our ability is hampered only by our belief in ourselves. I wanted to paint for years – my longing expressed itself “Oh, I wish I could paint, but I can’t and it’s too late now…” At the age of 33 I took a course as part of my teacher training – which I’d also wanted to do all my life and had thought ‘was too late now’ until fate stepped in – I wasn’t very good at all in comparison as most of the students were already practising artists – but I loved sploshing that colour around and defining the vague shapes that began to emerge….. 30 years later I opened an Etsy shop πŸ™‚ Good things take time πŸ™‚

    I guess we make a choice about where we will put our energies – the thing that we want most, the thing that drives us is where our attention will go and where we will put the hours in to improve that talent, that ability.

    It’s just a choice. Somewhere along my road I decided that the hours of work required to develop my voice into a tuneful and pleasing instrument was just too much and so I continue to wish I could sing ……. I paint instead! πŸ™‚

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    • I failed to mention, Pauline, I can’t sing either. I’m a woman of few talents. πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your motivating and eye opening comment. For some reason, I’ve always believed that artists (painting and drawing) are born and they don’t have to hone their craft. But as you state so eloquently, learning to draw or paint is just like writing, it takes time and practice. I know that to be true with writing, but I never thought I could take my sorry little cat drawing and with time, turn it into some wonderful.
      You’ve given me hope and so much to think about, Pauline. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.
      By the way, your artistic ability is inspiring! Enjoy your weekend!

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      • Thank you for that last sentence Jill πŸ™‚ I’m glad you found my rambling helpful….. I forgot to say that I thought your little stick figure showed great promise – there is tons of personality in there! And I wanted to add one more little thing that I have come to see is very helpful in my life and that is removing the word ‘can’t’ from my proclamations about myself. I replace it with ‘choose not to’ or ‘won’t’ which puts all the power back in my hands…… for instance ‘I chose not to practise singing, therefore I won’t be an opera singer’. The implication is, should I change my mind and do the work I could very well attain that wish…….. Does that make sense to you?

        Best wishes for a good weekend to you too πŸ™‚

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      • Thanks, Pauline! I may have to work on that little guy, there’s certainly a lot of room for improvement, but you’ve inspired me…thank you for that! I agree, when we remove ‘can’t’ from our vocabulary, the possibilities are endless. πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

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  14. I know exactly how you feel! Kati can draw very well – she’ll sometimes illustrate our blog, but I do not have that drawing gene. I used to be able to copy pictures okay, but not create my own. But like you said, we all have our own talents. I also wanted to be a broadway singer – when I was a kid I memorized all the songs to Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables and Rent, among others, and would try to belt them out. I’m sure it was very painful for everyone around…but I still love that music even if I’ve given up on my dream of ever performing it. πŸ˜‰

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    • Oh, Kati’s abilities are incredible. I always admire her illustrations on your blog. But you have your own incredible ability and that’s writing. You do a wonderful job of drawing the reader in and holding their interest, plus, your personality is pretty awesome too. πŸ™‚
      I love that you wanted to be a Broadway singer. I remember wanting to be Annie, but I never memorized all the songs, I’m impressed. I love music too, but like you, when I sing, I think I hear the dogs in the neighborhood howling.
      Happy weekend!

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  15. Aw, Jill, your drawings are very touching. I wish I had more time and energy to pursue the tiny talents I do have, more so than wishing for other talents. Is that not reaching enough, maybe?

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  16. You’re too hard on yourself…you draw a beautiful ‘stick person’! πŸ™‚

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  17. I’m not so sure Jill – you have some raw talent there! I am a terrible visual artist, anything visual. I can only hope I’m better with words πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Gemma. When I look at anything I draw, I feel as though I’m looking at something a child drew.
      I too have a difficult time visualizing anything, especially when it pertains to architecture. I think you’re fantastic with words! Happy weekend!

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  18. Don’t worry, I cannot draw either. I am somewhat creative with crafts, decorating and coming up with activities for both adults and children but that’s all in terms of art. I tried knitting and my friend gave up on me. I am a mean roller of Rrr’s though! Oh, and I can flip my upper lip and make it stay without using my hands. Thanks for this post because I have now remembered my many talents! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    It would be fun to use a card making kit. You should try it just for fun. You can always stencil or use stamps. But don’t fret cuz you’re a wonderful writer!

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    • I’m in good company, Maria. Like you, I’m okay with decorating, but also like you, knitting…I can barely sew a button. In fact, I hate it. πŸ™‚
      I bet you’re an excellent R roller! That was the only thing I could do when it came to Spanish class.
      If you’d like, I can mail you the card making kit. πŸ™‚
      Enjoy your weekend! xo

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  19. Same deal in my family. My siblings can all draw, and I can’t do much outside of a zombie face or a weird alien head, and even those aren’t rendered with and kind of detail or modelling. Oh well. I am the youngest, and you know what they say about us.

    I really wish I had a powerful singing voice. Oh. And making money. That would some in handy!

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  20. I paint as well as write, but the difficulty can be in balancing the two – for many years I stopped drawing and concentrated on writing, then, for a few years, I painted but couldn’t write. Now I do both, but I usually seem to do one at a time – a different kind of head space for each one – I’ve done lots of writing this year so far, but no paintings…

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    • I can understand the difficulty in balancing both arts, Andrea. Unfortunately, I don’t have that problem, since I’m not sure my ability to paint or draw is worth pursuing. Perhaps 2015 will be your year to paint. Have a great weekend, Andrea!

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  21. I like the curly hair and happy face on your stick person! Your person and cat have great expressions.

    As many have said here, increased musical talents would be on my wish list. I can play the piano but have never really enjoyed it. I’d like to be able to belt out songs, but having been endowed with an unusually quiet voice even speaking to be heard can be difficult in loud places.

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    • Thank you, Denise! Between your comment and Pauline’s, I’m feeling a little more confident. At least, according to Pauline, there might be hope. πŸ™‚
      I’ve always wanted to play the piano, but never had the urge to belt out a song. I’m like you, I have a quiet voice and can imagine the audience yelling “We can’t hear you!”
      Have a great weekend!

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  22. Most definitely wish I had musical talent — ANY musical talent! I would love to be able to express myself by playing a musical instrument or singing. Okay, so I DO sing, but you did use the word “talent.” Suffice to say my husband has suggested I lip-sync in church. (I told him God loves joyful noise.) πŸ™‚

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    • You should sing as loud as possible in church, Natine…God will love it, even if your husband might not. Have you ever thought about learning to play a musical instrument as an adult? I’d love to learn to play the piano.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  23. Yes, some people are born with talent and discover it early. However, I firmly believe that art, i.e., drawing, painting, etc. for the most part is a learned skill. I have been teaching myself and learning from others for 10 years. When I look at all I have done and what I could NOT do 10 years ago, I can only say it is mostly God’s blessing to me, but has taken LOTS of hard work! πŸ™‚ And yes, writing IS an art, too!

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    • I’m sure that’s very motivating for you, Patsy, to see how far you’ve come. I know when I read my earlier writings, I feel the same. Your comment, along with several others have really changed my belief that a person is born with the ability to paint or draw. I just might start working on improving my poor little cat, Rudy. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!

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      • I’m glad it helped encourage you. And hey, there are SO MANY great art books to learn from out there! That’s what I’ve done over the last about 6 years is mainly teach myself from books. But taking a couple of art classes along the way helped, too. I just don’t have the time or money for art classes at college any more. So I would encourage you to go for it! I’ll look through my books and let you know which ones I think helped me the most in learning drawing basics, okay? πŸ™‚

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      • That would be great! Thank you so much for your kind offer.

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      • Hi Jill. There are three books that I began learning the concept of drawing with.
        1. The Fundamentals of Drawing by Barrington Barber.
        2. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, but there’s a new edition out now that is new than what I have.
        3. Pencil Magic: Landscape Drawing Techniques by Phil Metzger.

        I like all of them, but the ones I always went back to for the first few years I was learning were the first and third ones listed. The one by Betty Edwards may feel overwhelming at first. It did for me, but I took a few classes from a lady who used it for about a month.

        Also, I’ve tried lots of brands of pencils, but I always go back to the brand of Faber Castell. They are not expensive and last a long time. I started out with a set of 12 I think. Any paper is fine of course, but if you really like it, later on you may want to try Strathmore Drawing pads. And you can get all this pretty cheap at Jerry’s Artarama online. They have sales a lot, and are much cheaper than a local art store would be.

        I hope that helps! πŸ™‚ Have fun!

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      • This is great, Patsy! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide the names of the books that you found helpful. I really appreciate it! I’ll have to pick up some of the pencils you recommended this weekend. Thanks, again!

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      • You are so welcome! One thing I forgot to mention is that I actually have used a lot of books from my local library, too, so I don’t have to keep buying books from artists with different perspectives on things. It has saved me a ton of money!

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      • Saving money is always a good thing. Thank you so much, Patsy!

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      • Yes it is! You’re welcome, Jill. πŸ™‚

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  24. I’m totally the same Jill – your attempts at sketching put mine to shame. I’d love to be able to create a proper ‘likeness’ of someone, even in naif cartoon form. But I love it when an otherwise average sort of person discovers they have a hitherto undiscovered talent and it can change their life entirely.

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  25. I love your drawings Jill, specially the cat. I think it looks dangerously similar to the cats I used to draw. I think I would have loved to be an artist, to be able to create lovely paintings. But I did not have the talent of an artist unfortunately. But I am happy with writing as a hobby. Thanks for a lovely post Jill. Have a great weekend my friend.

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  26. After reading your post, Jill, I realized how much artistic talent exists in my family. But I’d never thought about it before, in a collective sense! Probably because with the exception of one, we all pursue our arts as hobbies, rather than careers. My mother is a painter, although not in the scenery or canvas sense. Her specialty is detail work, like something you’d find on a cake. She’s left her mark on the walls of every house she’s ever lived in. Among my siblings, I have a singer, a sculptor, and an illustrator. One brother wins the prize though, as he actually earns income from his art – he makes and produces techno music, even has his own record label (unfortunately he still needs to keep another job, though. California ain’t a cheap place to live). My kids have their own artistic talents, too. Both of my girls can play music. My teen can listen to a piece on YouTube, then teach herself to play it on piano. She’s also an illustrator. My 10-year-old plays viola and bakes and decorates cakes from scratch. She wants to learn how to sculpt with modeling chocolate so she can add a new dimension to her cakes. Thanks for another thought-provoking post!

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    • I’m happy my post got you thinking about the talent on your family tree, Gwen. That’s pretty cool about your brother having his own record label.
      I have a nephew who is just like your daughter when it comes to music. He could listen to a song and then teach himself to play it on his guitar. Actually, now that I think about it, he had several guitars growing up.
      I love that your 10-year old is interested in baking and decorating cakes. I love to bake myself, but I don’t think I have the patience for such intricate decorating. You should post some pictures of her work on your blog, if she’s comfortable with that.
      Enjoy your Sunday!

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      • Hey, thanks for the suggestion, Jill. Maybe I’ll post pics of some of her more creative work sometime. She and a friend recently created a cake that resembled a waterfall. I’ll see if I can figure out a post that might go along with that theme. Or maybe I’ll just include a picture for the heck of it. Happy Monday (how’s that for an oxymoron?)

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      • Wow, I’d love to see the waterfall cake, Gwen. Happy Monday to you too!

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  27. Me too! When I was sketching the family crests for Reckonings, my friend was guffawing over the lion and the unicorn. Finally I just drew a circle and wrote what should be in it. πŸ™‚

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  28. Open that kit, Jill. Rudy is a keeper!
    Have you taken a good look at the juvenile and YA book covers recently? Think DIARY OF A WIMPY KID. Your stick figures show true stick-talent!

    Really, though, keep doodling. Two of the older writers I work with have entire journals filled with their poem and story titles, opening lines and doodles along the margins. They have me convinced that doodling frees creative snarls and improves their writing!

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    • Aw, thanks Marylin, you’re too kind. I would have never thought I had ‘true stick-talent’…you’ve made my weekend!
      Interesting, I’ve never really thought about doodling, to get unstuck, when writing. It makes sense though and it’s certainly something I will try.
      Have a great Sunday!

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  29. Hi Jill, the “fact” you stated about not being artistic is not a fact, my friend! You are artistic. Your blog, the stories you published, and the ones you are crafting all shout in harmony…artistic!!

    You can draw a much better stick cat than me:)

    You asked what talent we wished we had- I wish I could draw too. A talent/skill I do have (all modesty out the window), is my ability to listen. I feel that I am a good listener:) We’ve got to focus and build on what we have, correct?

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Elaine. I’ve been inspired by so many of the comments. I really would like to learn to draw.
      Being a good listener is a great talent to hold. So many people don’t really listen and they miss out on so much they could learn from the person speaking. I think all of us have the ability to be a good listener, you just have to want to be. Your family and friends are lucky to have you, Elaine!
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  30. Hey, I thought that cat was pretty good! You should see the ridiculous drawings I do for my granddaughters and they just love them. They especially love when I draw Grandpa Bruce with his beard. Talents I wish I had – sure would love to be able to make a decent pie. But as my grandmother used to say – if you can’t make a pie then make a cobbler. Somehow, I’ve survived the lack of pie crust making skills.

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    • Gosh, thanks, Francis! All of these nice compliments on my drawings are making me feel so inspired.
      I’m sure your granddaughters get a kick out of your drawings of Bruce. You should post a few. πŸ™‚
      Like you, I’ve never been able to make pie crust. My grandmother was a professional when it came to making pies. I’m sad I never had her teach me.
      Enjoy your Sunday!

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  31. I would love to paint, Jill. I’m going to try it one day when I get the time πŸ˜‰

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  32. I’d sew up a storm. And I would be organized. An organized person who sews wicked good stuff. Thanks for drawing with words, Jill – you’re write where you’re s’pose to be!

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  33. I wish I could sing! Ah, I’d be like a mermaid, singing everywhere I went.

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    • Ha ha! You probably sing better than I do, Aussa. I’d like to be able to sing, but I would never take classes in an attempt to improve. It’s a hopeless cause for me, but maybe you should give lessons a try. Have a great week!

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      • Oh no, you have no idea! I am full of passion and utterly devoid of natural born ability and/or the slightest bit of skill that could be nurtured. It’s horrifying but I’ve come to accept it πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a great week too, Jill!

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  34. Any talent can be acquired with practice. Even things like drawing and singing. I can learn to play a musical instrument or become fluent in another language. I want a super power. Like telekinesis or telepathy.

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    • I agree, of course, I don’t think I could ever learn to sing…I’m horrible. You’re the first commenter who wants a super power, I like that. Being telepathic would come in very handy. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  35. When I was young my teacher had a meeting with my mom about my stick figures. My teacher thought I wasn’t developing as quickly as the other kids since my stick figure only had a circle with two arms and two legs. my mom asked me why I didn’t add more detail and I said that once we finish with art class we could go outside and play. turns out I wasn’t as slow as they thought. I do wish I could draw now. maybe I should have tried harder back then. Added some hair or a head at least πŸ™‚

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  36. I wish I could draw too, Jill. I’m studying a book right now that’s supposed to teach drawing in a different way. So far I’m not accomplishing much with it though. But I still have hope. πŸ™‚

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    • I think that’s great you’re studying to become better at drawing, Elizabeth. Patsy, one of the commenters above, was kind enough to provide the names of a few books that helped her. She’s very talented. It’s funny, when I wrote this post, I never thought I could learn to draw, now I’ve been inspired by everyone. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your week! I’m so happy your brother is doing well, that’s great news.

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  37. I wish I were more sociable. I see that as a talent!
    But I like your drawing of the cat. I really do. Maybe you have the artistic gene after all! I am an artist. I know what is “good.” Seriously.

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    • Wow, being the talented artist you are, Hollis, that’s a real compliment…thank you very much. πŸ™‚
      I agree, being sociable is a talent. Some people make it look so easy. I suppose like anything, it takes time and practice.
      Thank you again for your kind words, Hollis. Enjoy your week!

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  38. That cat is perfect to be cast in a Children’s picture book, Jill. You undermine your talent.
    I used to love drawing and painting. I don’t know why I have stopped indulging in my hobby. Your blog made me realize how much I miss sketching/painting. Maybe I will illustrate a picture book.

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    • Aw, thank you, Rajni. I appreciate your kind words. That’s exciting to hear; I do hope that my post has inspired you and you’ll break out that sketch pad. Keep me posted! I hope you’ve been enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve been having, I’m loving it. Have a great week!

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  39. I’ve always wanted to do everything! So I’ve tried my hand at most everything that ever interested me. Drawing, Painting, Sewing, Knitting, Crafting, Cooking/Baking, Acting, Dancing, Gymnastics, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Woodworking, Photography, and of course, Writing.

    And I’m a perfectionist–so I wanted to do everything really, really well. Of course that’s impossible. It takes time and practice to do anything really well, even if a person is gifted with a special talent. I spent a lot of time pursuing musical interests because I love music. But after years and years of hard work, I faced the fact that as much as I enjoy it, I have to special gift or talent. I do wish I could open my mouth and sing like Julie Andrews and play the piano like Rubenstein.

    P.S. I agree with everyone else–I really like your cat. Picasso said that after all his years of study and practice, in his 80’s he was proud to finally be able to draw like a child. There’s purity of line and form in your cat. Picasso would like it, too, I think.

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    • That should read “I have NO special gift or talent for music.”

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    • Ha ha…I figured you for an overachiever, Tracy. I love that you have tried everything that piqued your interest. Your tourism posts are professional and obviously something that comes natural to you.
      I’m like you, a perfectionist and if I can’t do it perfectly, I normally don’t have the patience to make it better, except with writing.
      Thank you so much for liking my cat. I tried and tried, but I still felt it was horrible when I took the final photo. Wow, if Picasso would liked it, maybe I should keep practicing. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Tracy!
      Have a wonderful week!

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  40. I wish I could sing… or at least just carry a tune. I am the WORST! when I waited tables I would be tipped extra to NOT sing happy birthday!

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  41. Your drawings made me smile. As long as you’re making people smile and having fun doing it, then it’s a success. I’ve wished I could draw, paint, and play the fiddle for some reason but haven’t really tried any of those things yet. Maybe some day!

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    • I’m happy I could bring a smile to your face, Sheila. There’s never enough time to do everything we would like to do. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week!

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  42. I love your post. I think as artists of one kind or another – whether painting with words, or talking with pictures, or communicating through movement or song – we all are pulled toward appreciation of the arts and those things we wish we did better. I took art classes, started an art club at my school, even sold a piece to the art gallery. But in the end, it was a bit torturous. Writing on the other had, flows freely and hours can pass before I realize I’ve even been working on a piece. I’ve learned that’s my niche and I stick to it.

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    • Thanks, Renee! I agree, I too envy those artists who paint, draw or sing and make it look effortless. I’m impressed that despite selling a piece of art to a gallery, you gravitated to the art that comes natural and is enjoyable. I certainly don’t want to spend my free time being tortured. I guess it comes down to being true to yourself and knowing what brings you joy. I hope your knee is doing better. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week. πŸ™‚

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  43. I wish I could sing. I have a range of 5 notes and they are all flat. It’s just as well, because I would never shut up if I had that ability.
    Drawing does come easily to me though. We all have some talent, whether it is singing, drawing, writing, acting, athletics, etc.
    I am fortunate my parents encouraged my interests. All the best, Diane

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    • Encouragement from our parents and other adults is key to developing our talents.
      I’m like you when it comes to singing…horrible. 😦
      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment, Diane. Enjoy your weekend!

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  44. I wish I could either dance really well, like crazy-amazing, or play the piano really well. I used to want to sing, but that’s fallen by the wayside. Well, unless I could sing, and went on The Voice, and picked Adam as my couch, and we had a passionate love affair. Yeah. That’d be nice. πŸ™‚

    Nice to meet you at Aussa’s place. Lovin’ your blog!

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  45. I wish I were more able to play my clarinet by ‘ear’ instead of relying on written sheets of music! I find my yearning to sing better, too! I love the way you wrote this and got so many responses, Jill! You have great comments! I am like the others, you may surprise yourself with ‘quirky’ cards with funny messages! Use the card making kit! Smiles, Robin

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    • Thanks, Robin! Oh, I wish I could play the clarinet by using written sheets of music. I took clarinet lessons for 7 years in grade school and beyond, I was always a squeaker! πŸ™‚
      Yes, there are some great comments. That’s the fun thing about blogging, getting to know everyone through their comments and their posts.
      I’m happy we connected and I might break out that card making kit afterall! πŸ™‚

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