“It doesn’t matter how much art experience we have, not at all....

We might think that we have no talent and that, too, doesn’t matter. The thought doesn’t matter, nor does so-called talent. We can all draw (and paint). It doesn’t matter if we have done it for years or not at all. It doesn’t matter if we dream of doing something wondrous and don’t know how; the wondrous will come meet our desire if we honour it and keep working with an open mind. Nor does it matter if our heart is racing - this is a new kind of practice, a new way of drawing and being. New ventures often cause discomfort. It will pass, as a stomach complaint passes. This kind of discomfort is nothing compared to the unending misery we feel when we deny what calls to us. So what if we feel a little anxious? We can tolerate a little anxiety; it’s not so bad. We don’t need to run away; if we do, the yearning will just chase after us? it’s like that. besides, we won’t feel anxious for long, not once we get going. it doesn’t matter if we know fully what our purpose is; we’ll find it. it doesn’t matter if we don’t really want to be artists; we’ll be artists of life. It doesn’t matter if the Museum of Modern Art isn’t knocking on our door; we will carry on in the direction of our desire.    We can start just where we are - with a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and a mind open to all possibilities.”   -Cat Bennett from The Confident Creative, Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind.