Enough So


I’m fascinated by creation.  Creation in all of it’s magnificent forms.

So I keep trying to learn about different forms of creating.

So I can create more.

Initially I thought it was about ability.

I’m trying something new.

With shading I drew a cup.  Without drawing a cup.   I looked at it critically and was a little sad that my ability is not natural.

I put the drawing aside.

Days later, an eight year old found it.   Picked it up and said “did you draw this cup?”  She kept looking at it and said “wow, this is really good, I can’t believe you drew this”.

Critically I had examined my expectations, my thought processes, my abilities.

With her words I re-examined my critical thoughts.

I learned how to draw a cup…..enough.   Enough so that it resembled a cup.   Enough so that someone else recognized it.

Enough so-to recognize that learning is good.

And will always lead to more desire.

To learn more.

To fulfill desires.

To create.

To have eight year olds think learning and creating and desires are a very good thing.

Not Just A Cup

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32 thoughts on “Enough So

  1. I think it’s great. I certainly could never do that.


  2. You are great for drawing Collen and don’t deny, the little girl saw it too 😉
    It is wonderful to create, just to stay in the process and see what’s happening.

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    • I am enjoying it Irene. I watch videos of what people can draw and am so amazed by it. 🙂 I like the process of learning so I’m enjoying that process but without the pressure of expecting anything but the fun of it. 🙂

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  3. You came, you saw, you conquered! Long live talented little popetts 😃

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  4. niaaeryn says:

    It is and you did a good job. I like the shadows you used. Creation is tricky and in art class I found I was often way too critical of own work. Tis human nature. Have fun playing with creation, looking forward to more of your experimentation. 🙂


    • Thank you Niaaeryn. When I walked in the room and saw it lying there, coming at it from a different angle, I was happier. But mostly, the child had to point it out to me.

      Expectations have drastically changed. It’s all about fun.

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  5. Paul says:

    So, let’s see if I understand – you dd not draw a cup, but rather drew the shadows that would exist if a cup were there – and lo and behold, a cup appeared. You were not pleased with the work but an 8 year old picked it up and complimented it.

    There is no doubt that seeing your work through the eyes of an 8 year old definitely adds a perspective that is motivational. That you passed the threshold that marks the difference between the viewer seeing a cup and seeing an attempt to draw a cup, is critical. It is always possible to argue style , many do not like, for instance, impressionism – some examples of which sell for millions of dollars. It is not possible to argue enjoyment – that is in the eye of the beholder. That you produced a drawing that was enjoyed by an 8 year old – who has no preconceptions of what they should or shouldn’t enjoy – is rather magical. Keep up the good work.


    • Paul, I greatly appreciate (and admire) your brain. 🙂

      This “That you produced a drawing that was enjoyed by an 8 year old – who has no preconceptions of what they should or shouldn’t enjoy – is rather magical. Keep up the good work.” made my day.

      Thank you.

      You are my favorite today! 🙂


  6. Great job Colleen! It does look like a cup! All it needs is coffee in it, or hot cocoa, or hot tea. 😀 😀


  7. bikebrown says:

    Sure it’s a cup. What else could it be?


  8. I can tell it’s a cup too and it’s fabulous! Why are we always so hard on ourselves and our abilities? ❤ ❤ ❤

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  9. I bet you that 8-year old memorized it and has started practicing to draw it, with the shadows and light Colleen! ❤
    Diana xo


  10. reocochran says:

    I felt this was very well done, Colleen. It would look nice in a matted frame, maybe black frame and brighter colored matte. This could hang in the kitchen so while you were drinking from a coffee mug you could see it 🙂


  11. inmycorner says:

    Your creative cuppery runneth over for sure, Colleen! Bravo. I have never seen you to be someone bridled by complacency or commonality. Ho-hum – NOT! What an enjoyable morning read for me. Thank-you.


  12. markbialczak says:

    That is a well-drawn cup in my book, MBC.


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