So a few days ago, the kids and I were watching the first episode of American Idol 2020 Auditions. Omg, you guys, I hate to admit it but I LOVE that show. The music, the raw talent, the dreams coming true…What’s not to love!
It kind of got me thinking about singing and how much of it I used to do when I was younger. In fact, I’ll share an embarrassing little thing about me. I, Brigitte, auditioned for the very first season of Canadian Idol. LOL!!!!!
It was such a fun experience. I got a “yes” from Sass Jordan, a “maybe” from one guy (can’t remember his name) and a “no” from the other guy (can’t remember his name either). Then guy number 1 changed his answer to a “no”, and thus, I’m not a famous rock star today.
Anyway, the whole thing was a lot of fun. My ego wasn’t crushed, my life didn’t come to an end, I’m still a good-ish singer which my family appreciates. At times. Sometimes.
Most of the time my kids just ask me to be quiet. LOL
Anyway, the whole thing got me thinking about talent, and some of the other things I’m good at. I’ve always had a bit of an artistic flair. Back in high school, my favorite subject apart from Spanish, was Art.
I’m a little sad to say that I haven’t really kept up with either of those two things in my adulthood, unless you count cake decorating as art. I do, but it’s not the same kind of art that really used to get my heart pumping and blood flowing back when I was teen. My absolute favorite thing in the world back then was drawing. I used to spend hours a day doing it.
God, I loved to draw.
With February coming along and bringing with it a big dose of writer’s block (blagh), I’ve found myself puttering around the house looking for other things to do while I try to recapture the writing bug.
So one morning when I found myself bored out of my face, I picked up a pencil and just…started drawing.
I started off with a sketch of a female face — that has always been my favorite thing to draw. Even back in my first year of Art at school, it was something I was really drawn to (no pun intended).
Fifteen year old me made this drawing and I can still remember the immense pride I felt when I got a note back from the teacher saying this was one of the best renditions of this woman that he had ever seen from one of his students.
I kind of hate that I look back on this drawing now and a small part of me thinks, huh, it wasn’t really all that great, was it? That’s the critical side of me talking. It’s that nasty little voice inside my head that often tells me I’m not good enough. I get it with writing as well. It’s probably the reason for this current writing funk I’m in.
Go away, mean little voice! No one wants you here! Shoo! Scat!
Anyway. I know that when I look at this old drawing, I need to remember that I was still just a kid learning new coloring techniques and I have to give Little Brigitte a bloody break! The fact that my teacher praised it so highly should be enough. It is enough. Thanks, M. Lambert, for your awesome encouragement.
So I decided to try my hand at drawing people again and wanted to learn some new techniques on how to make more realistic looking faces. I started with an eye, then a mouth. Next up is nose and hair. Not nose hair, but two very separate things. lol
I admit that I followed some YouTube tutorials, but am SO happy with the results!
Turns out I’ve still kinda got it.
I’ll be framing these and hanging them up in my new writing office to remind myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.
But enough about me!
What are some of the things you’re good at? Maybe it’s singing. Maybe it’s magic tricks. Maybe it’s skipping rocks. Maybe it’s being really awesome at your job! Everyone is good at something and I want to know all about it! Don’t be shy! We’re all allowed a little moment to brag and we’re entitled to feel good about ourselves, darn it. So comment below, you awesome, talented, gifted person you!