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It’s your art. Don’t worry about what people think.

It's your art. Don't worry what people think.

It is 9:00 o’clock at night and  I haven’t made any art yet, but I have made tea. My youngest daughter woke up at 2:00 am with a sore throat. We sat together on the living room sofa while the water boiled. She drank tea and then went back to bed.

Today I was out of the house almost all day doing errands; dirty dishes are on the counter and I haven’t cleaned the seven litter boxes. There is pizza on the island that I bought on the way home. I still haven’t eaten.

We will make art this month. We will talk about line and shape and shadows and I will tell you why I don’t use paintbrushes. But, I have to tell you something else first.

It’s your art. Don’t worry about what people think .

Remember in grade school when the teacher would walk around the room during art class? She would walk past your desk, then she would stop at the next desk, pick up the artwork and say, “Look class. Isn’t this great?”

At the end of the art class the teacher picked five students to stand at the front of the class and hold their art work up. You were never picked.

Did you feel bad?

Do you attach your value to how your art is perceived? You feel worthy if someone likes your art. If someone doesn’t like your art you feel worthless.

Because of how you were raised or how you approach the world, you’ve knowingly  or unknowingly attached your self-worth to how your produce or art is received. In simple term’s, it they love it, you’re worthy; if they don’t, you’re worthless. ― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

You are more than your art. You value is in who you are, not in what you make. [ click here to tweet. tweet tweet]

This month we will have courage. We will be vulnerable and draw. We will put our drawings on our refrigerator. We will Dare Greatly.

We are not drawing to hear someone say, “I like that.” We draw to find out who we are. We will draw what is inside of us. We will draw what we see and what is in our imagination.

Do you say, “I can’t draw?”

I disagree with you. You can draw. And tomorrow I will tell you how I know.

Do you ever say, “I can’t draw?”

Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Rhonda

    For years I thought that I could not draw, nor paint. I did an art therapy workshop a number of years ago and now I LOVE IT. It’s become an important part of my life. I LOVE your BLOG and also POOH. Please tell him? hi for me.:)

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  • I’ve never said “I can’t draw.” But I’ve said “I can’t” to alot of things I probably shouldn’t have. And I never draw any more, even though I would like to.

    • I wonder what makes us say, “I can’t.” Because often we can, but we don’t.
      Somewhere inside of you is a drawing waiting to come out.

  • Michelle Crooker

    I used to say “I can’t draw” – then my friend my me stop saying that. Thanks my friend!

  • Stacey Shubitz

    I stopped saying “I can’t draw,” when I started teaching elementary school. I am not very good at it, but I can do it. Since I didn’t want my students to put themselves down, I realized I had to try harder and model better language about my skills.

    • Hello Stacey,
      Isn’t it interesting how you didn’t notice your negative language until you started teaching elementary school.
      You probably didn’t even notice the message you were sending yourself, until you realized the children would imitate your attitude.
      I have to watch what I say about hating to wash dishes.
      Did you get any letters today?

  • There are some things I can’t draw (very well). I can’t draw scenery (very well). I can draw people (fairly well), usually portrait. I can draw cats, too. Someday,I will share my cat with you (not literally). I’m looking forward to your month of art.

    • Hello Shelley,
      I wonder what, “very well” means? If it means your drawing doesn’t look a photograph, that’s okay. Because you could just take a photograph. And then your photograph would be a photograph.
      Your drawings are your view on the world. How you see and interpret color and space.
      Your drawings are an expression of you, and then they are always well and beautiful.

  • I love the way you inspire us! Thank you! 🙂

    • You are very welcome Lotta.
      Writing about making art has helped me to see what is really important. Living boldly and having courage to be who we really are.
      We will start being bold by putting our drawings on our refrigerator.

  • Teresa Richardson

    I used to say that I couldn’t draw. I have come to realize that I can draw

    • Yes, Teresa you can draw. I look forward to seeing what you do.

  • Pamela, your post today is so encouraging to me at this point. I’m a writer much of whose output is fueled by desire for social, political and cultural change. Many disagree with me and response is frequently negative. But I’m beginning to have enough confidence in myself as a writer not to be crushed (too much!) when the responses are negative. So just wanted to say thank-you today.

    I’m also a person who believes he can’t draw, but I’m willing to be convinced otherwise, so looking forward to your future posts!

    • Hello John,
      The words you speak and write can only be said by you. There will always be people who disagree. Keep writing, and please don’t take negative remarks personally. You have value apart from your words.

      And John, you can draw. Maybe you just forgot.

      • “Maybe you just forgot.” A distinct possibility!

  • Great message to remember. We are artists because it’s who we are, not because we are trying to please anyone else.

    • Yes, Anne, we are artists because of who we are. And God gave us treasures and wonders in our eyes and hands.

  • Christa Sterken

    Well now that I have shared this everywhere I can, I am ready to give it a try. How sad that we let not being picked as a “good” artist stop so many of us from trying again

    • Thank you for sharing Christa. Thank you very much.
      Yeah, for being willing to try.
      Yes, it is sad when people put away their crayons and paper because someone didn’t like what they did.

      A museum full of art that will never be painted.

  • Alana

    Yes, but Pamela, I really can’t draw!

    • Ha, you can. Somebody lied to you.
      If you can know how to use silverware you can draw. You will draw like Alana, and that will be beautiful.
      You don’t have to draw like me, or my friend Laura.
      Just grab a crayon and be yourself.

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