Walk into any 1st grade classroom and ask the question, “Can anyone here draw?” Chances are, almost every hand in the class will go up. The one hand that doesn’t go up, by the way, is the kid who was lost in his coloring and didn’t hear you ask the question. Now walk into any office building and ask the same question. You might get a couple of hands raised – and one of those is someone asking for clarification.
If just about all of our skills get better as we become adults, why does artistic ability go the opposite direction? The good news is, it is still there- it has just been covered up with all the clutter of being an adult. Don’t believe me? Just read on…
Now you know how we love challenges here at The Next Goal- so here is a 30 day challenge to resuscitate your dead artist! Set aside 10 minutes every day for the next 30 days. Morning time is usually best- to make sure it gets done- but it can be whenever you want. Each day, grab a blank piece of paper and try to draw a picture of a tree. If you have a tree in your backyard, great. If not, just find one on the internet somewhere and print it out. Don’t worry about how the tree looks – nobody will ever see the drawing. The only rule is that you don’t spend more than 10 minutes on it.
Take the very first drawing and seal it up in an envelope and hide it in your desk somewhere. The rest of the drawings can just be trashed when you are done. Remember, 10 minutes – no more, no less.
So maybe you are the over-achiever type and want to take this to the next level. No problem. Just set aside an hour each weekend to browse the internet for articles on drawing. Maybe check out a few YouTube tutorials or drop by the bookstore and pick up a basic book on drawing. Just take a short one hour break from reading about politics, sports, or whatever else floats your boat. Instead of 9 hours on Facebook next Saturday, you only spend 8. But this is just extra credit.
The real key is to not miss a day of drawing. Ten minutes a day for 30 days. We are talking five hours of time over the next month – everyone can swing that. I’m not asking you to get up and go to the gym or watch what you eat. Heck, feel free to down a few donuts while you draw!
On Day 30, take your final drawing and compare it to Day 1. You will be shocked at the progress you have made! Heck, you might even be as good as your 1st grader by that point. From there, it is up to you. Maybe you have found that you like drawing and it becomes a hobby. If not, no biggie. You can at least go about your life knowing that a little bit of your childhood is alive and well inside you somewhere.