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Would you like to learn how to draw?

When I walked out of Costco with my receipt I asked Mike, standing at the exit checking receipts, if he would draw a smiley face on my receipt. He said, “I can’t draw. I failed drawing.”

Mike hesitated to draw a simple smiley face because he thought he couldn’t draw. He didn’t believe in himself.

I want to help you believe in yourself, and your ability to see the world and draw it.

I am making a free art lesson, but I need your help.

Will you please fill out this short, survey. “Do you think you can draw?” Your answers will help me create a free art lesson.

I wanted to show you Mike’s drawing, but I spilled coffee on it, and then I accidentally threw it out when I cleaned out the van. I will ask him the next time I go to buy cat litter, if he will draw me another smiley face.

I want to help you learn how to see, so you can draw like you, and not like me, or anyone else.

Johan Tersteeg of the Goupil Galleries in The Hague, said to Vincent Van Gogh, “I am really disappointed, Vincent; your work remains uncouth and amateurish. Of one thing I am sure, you are no artist.” *

Vincent didn’t quit creating.

“I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.”
― Vincent van Gogh

Learn how to see the world, and you will be able to draw it. Click To Tweet

Please fill out this short survey, “Do you think you can draw?”

Become yourself, create what you see, and don’t care if people approve or disapprove of your creation.
Boldly draw smiley faces.

Believe you can draw, and you will. Click To Tweet

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Next week I will give you a simple list of art supplies to purchase, and we will start drawing.



How have you been? What is new in your world? I have been cleaning out clutter, weeding the flower beds and thinking. Thinking about writing, and creating, and how I can be more helpful.

p.p.s. Be careful when you weed that there are no wasp nests in your flower beds.


Click here to comment or just go to the bottom of the blog. I would love to hear from you.

*Quote taken from Lust for Life by Irving Stone



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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Get the FREE illustrated, sort of a comic book, “You Are An Artist.” Believe in yourself and your ability to draw. xo Pamela

  • Berdeane Bodley

    I can draw at it too……………xo

  • Rita

    And I love Van Gogh!

  • Rita

    I love your “voice” in your writing. My daughter Giselle is interested in drawing lately. I’m going to show her your post!

  • kathunsworth

    I think art is good therapy for all Pamela, the more people happy and creative in this world the better. I guess I can draw but having trouble finishing because I constantly feel the illustrations could be better. So trying to push through that by creating my picture book cover. I have no excuses as my husband has saved up the money to print my book so I can sell it at my market stall. This month is the month to get it done. Good luck. Changing the world, one new artist at a time sounds good to me.

  • EmFairley

    So true, Pamela. Thank you for this and look forward to seeing what you inspire me to do. What am I up to? I’m coming to the end of a break from my own story and finishing some editing and formatting for a client; so things are as crazy as ever in my world. Grin.


  • Marcy

    What a neat idea. Thanks for doing this. I think it will be fun.

    • Hello Marcy,
      You are very welcome. 🙂 We can learn together!
      I will be working on the lesson over the next two weeks.
      Next week on Tuesday look for your simple supply list.


  • Robert Ranck

    Thank you, Pamela. Everyone has been blessed with a talent of one sort or another, and the Creator expects each one to develop and to honor and to magnify that blessing. I do believe that anyone can draw, but they must first SEE. The hand can be trained to follow the eye, if the eye can grasp the vision. Like the little memes around on the internet that taunt, “Can you spot the ——– in this picture?” , when once hinted or given a little peep, most people can and do spot “it”.

    I’m open to having the clues illuminated. Lead on – – –

    • Hello Robert,
      So nice to hear from you. I look forward to learning to “see” together and to create. I will be working on the lesson over the next two weeks.
      Next week on Tuesday look for your simple supply list.

  • Terri Kiral

    Pamela, I adore the workings of your mind. Always creative, even in your planning. And I see, too, the creative way you offer your heart. You are a gem. (Just submitted my survey responses) xo

    • Hi Terri,
      Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you are well, you are a gem as well.
      Thank you for answering the questions on the survey.
      We will have fun drawing.

  • La McCoy

    Thank you Pamela. You are my art teacher. Because you ahve encouraged me I am drawing again.

    • Hello La,
      So happy to hear you are drawing again.
      Such good news!
      Next week I will be posting a simple supply list for the drawing lesson.

      • La McCoy

        Dear Pamela,
        That is exciting news!!!
        I will look forward to it.

        • La McCoy

          Dear Pamela,
          Is there a supply list? yet?

  • felicia_d

    Interesting idea, Pamela! I absolutely adore art in all forms and have spent countless hours in museums and at exhibits. But create art? Me? Nope! LOL!

    I completed the survey. Am anxious to see if I can progress past stick figure people! 😀

    • Hello felicia,
      Thank you for filling out the survey! We will have fun drawing, no matter how our drawings look. 🙂