“Oh, I love the art everywhere!” people often say as they enter my house. You kind of can’t help but notice that all the walls in my house are covered with canvases, often hanging rather crookedly or precariously from the walls, while stacks of paintings in varying stages of doneness line the studio shelves and just about every other surface in my house.
“Thanks. Really you should try it, though—it’s so fun to create new things,” I respond.
“Oh no. Not me. I am not an artist. I’m not creative at all! I can’t even draw a straight line or a stick figure,” is the response I usually get.
“Oh don’t worry,” I laugh, “I can’t draw a straight line either. That’s what rulers are for… and while I can draw a stick figure, I have never needed to in a painting.”
My persuasive powers have lured many a hesitant artist into the studio. It is satisfying to watch as many of those who initially faced art-making with some fear and trepidation wind up being pleasantly surprised by the process, and their own products.