On Talent Envy and Drawing Dragons

I have a secret confession: I've always had ART TALENT envy.

My mom can draw anything. Growing up, my brother and cousins could too.

And I can make stick figures.

Now I'm married to a man who is an artist, and my talent envy is through the roof. We've spent evenings drawing, and one night when I was trying to draw a picture of a wolf that I got from a calendar and botching it horribly, he gave me the best advice:  "You're trying to make it 3-D, but you're picture will really be 2-D and what you're looking at is 2-D. Just draw what you see."

Suddenly, I got better. Oh, I can't draw anything from my imagination, but I can draw what I see. Not good enough to sell any of my work. But I'm happier with my attempts.

Here's how that wolf picture eventually turned out:

A friend of ours gives drawing lessons to the kids, and the last lesson was how to draw dragons. Sunday night was Spider Girl #3's special night (it's hard to give each kid special attention when you have 3, so we instituted special nights where one child gets fun activities with mom and dad), and so we drew more dragons together. I didn't know how to do it, but between my daughter and my husband, I got it figured out.

Here it is. What do you think?

Okay, one wing is bigger than the other, but he's still so cute!

So what Talent Envy do you have?


  1. It's funny, Rita, how what you loved doing as a child tends to wither as you grow older. I loved painting and drawing. I loved whistling. How many times do you hear people whistling tunes now? I suddenly realised I hadn't whistled for years. I tried. My children looked at me.
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    "Whistling" I said.
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