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April 20, 2008

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I share your pain when it comes to drawing skills. I suppose I believe that anyone can learn basic drawing skills (though I'm convinced that mastering them requires some innate gifts to develop), but so far I haven't been able to do it. I think I need my 7 year old daughter to teach me... she spends most of her free time drawing, and has already surpassed my abilities.

Or maybe I just need to keep a box of crayons on my desk.

Thanks for the comment Terry. Your daughter's drawing reminds me of a book I enjoyed: Orbiting the Giant Hairball, by Gorden MacKenzie, a creative consultant.

He says that when he goes to schools and asks classes "How many of you are artists?" the results are very predictable by age. The youngest kids all wave their hand excitedly and demand to show him their artwork. But every year older they get, kids get less enthusiastic and fewer call themselves artists. So keep encouraging your daughter to visualize and create!

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