Checking out at the grocery store recently, the young cashier liked my tote bags with my artwork on them. She said she is an artist, too. I asked her what she uses and she said she’s “just drawing.” I suggested that drawing is excellent and admirable. After taking college drawing classes for a few semesters and admiring the drawing skills of many artists, I hold the practice of drawing in high regard. Drawing can be a scribble or doodle, getting down a concept in a few lines, or a painstaking effort of hours with pencil in hand over a pad of paper. I’ve spent moments getting an idea out or hours completing a colored pencil piece. I’ve looked a Da Vinci and Rembrandt drawings with wonder, or a niece’s simple crayon drawing that she gifted to me with the same wonder. I’ve met a young man who lost the ability to use his right hand to draw, so he taught himself to do beautiful renderings with his left hand. It’s all good.
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