There's No Such Thing As Bad Art

By: Kaitlyn 

When I was a kid, I would draw all the time. And when I say “all the time”, I’m not exaggerating at all. My brother and I would sit in our basement around an old table and just draw for hours. We would draw animals, create new mythical creatures, make up our own car companies, write comics, and even did our own kid versions of fan-art. 

By the time we reached middle school, our basement was filled with stacks after stacks of sketches. And then I just stopped. 

I don’t know why, but for some reason, I came to the conclusion in middle school that I sucked at art. Granted, when you’re in middle school, you think you suck at everything, but for some reason, this thought stuck where others didn’t. 

I didn’t even pick up a paintbrush or attempt to sketch anything for an embarrassing amount of my life. What was the point? It was just going to turn out to be a hot mess anyways, so why try?

This mentality got especially more difficult in college and after as I surrounded myself with people who were passionate about everything they were doing, and it just so happens that the most passionate people I know are artists. With everyone doing art around me, it was becoming more and more difficult to stop myself from drawing and painting myself. 

I remember one time in college, I was at one of my dear friend’s house and we were having a wine and paint night. Her and her roommates had a giant sheet of paper that they all just started painting a collage on. I wasn’t contributing and her roommate asked why. 

I told her that I wasn’t good at art. 

She looked as if she wanted to punch me in the face. “Everyone’s good at art. There’s no such thing as bad art,” she said. 

So I joined her. 

Turns out, she was right.
More recently, I’ve started to follow her advice again. One day this past summer, I thought that I should just have a go at sketching something and it turned out far better than I expected. Even better, I discovered that I loved doing it.

I’ve been sketching and watercoloring for a while now. Most nights, painting serves as my way to calm down and de-stress from the day. Will my work ever be hung up on anyone’s walls or in museums? Goodness, no, and I don’t want it to be.  But it makes me happy and it turns out my middle-school self was wrong: I don’t suck.

Don’t ever let your middle-school or current self tell you that you’re terrible at something before you’ve even given yourself the chance to be good at it. 

You’ll surprise yourself.

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We're Sarah and Kaitlyn, roommates from Milwaukee who started this blog to promote creativity and life.
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