Funny reactions to my email the other day, when I wrote about sketching a self-portrait.
From ‘made me laugh’, to ‘interesting development’ to ‘show me!’ and ‘you should become an artist’.
Well, I can’t really show it because I’m not an artist, at least not in the sense that I produce art.
I could learn, maybe. Though I already know I wouldn’t follow through, and I’d stay at a severe level of dabbling.
Besides, I don’t know that I have an artist’s hand.
Like I said, I tried before to learn drawing, on several occasions, and without being self-deprecating about it: I could tell that it’s not something that comes natural to my body.
Sure I could train that – but again, I probably wouldn’t put in the hours. Very, very probably.
I’ve had some moments of ‘genius’ though, a few times in my life.
Once I threw 4 L-shapes onto a piece of paper without thinking about it, and suddenly there was a Zen-monk in meditation in front of me. Pretty amazing.
I tried for weeks to duplicate it though, and never hit the same image again. And it was just four angled lines, go figure – forehead, nose, upper lip, chin.
Buddha on my notepad.
Another time, preparing to launch my tailoring company, my apprentice asked what my logo would look like.
I put down the iron and grabbed a piece of paper and a felt pen.
Right there on the ironing table, I went swish-swish-swish, and suddenly there was a dude in a suit, smugly leaning against a lifesize upright pair of shears.
Three seconds. “Something like this”, and I gave her the paper, lifting the iron before it could scorch the cloth.
That sketch indeed went on to become the logo for my tailoring business.
But even though I tried dozens of times to draw the same guy again – it just wasn’t happening.
So I just contend myself with a nice little experience on paper, once every 4 years.
Let’s just call it a hobby.
For the rest, I stick with what I’m good at.
In other words: I don’t make art – I make people.
I make people smart, empowered, capable, confident, active, motivated, and on good days, wealthier.
That’s what I’m good at and that’s the art I’m making.
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