Author: Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrated by: Peter H. Reynolds
Published by: Candlewick Press
Themes: art, appreciation, drawing, vocation, gifts/skills, inspiration, encouraging others, not giving up, passion, beauty
I wish that I could draw…
Actually, that’s not true, you see, I can draw, it’s just that I can’t draw as well as Peter, or, say Stephen Michael King.
We all know that there’s at least one thing that we wish that we could do but find it hard to do “properly” be it draw, aping, sing, play the harmonica, dance, cook, love, pray, write…
So, with that knowledge we’re faced with a choice, keep doing the thing that we love doing (but don’t do it as well as we’d like to) and that maes us happy or just give up altogether.
And to this I bring your attention to ish, the story of Ramon, a gifted and talented young artist who just loves to draw. Ramon draws anytime, anywhere, anything, it’s what he loves to do, it gives him purpose, it’s what makes him happy.
Unfortunately, one day his brother decides to laugh at his pictures and puts down Ramon’s artwork, they just don’t look like what he’s drawing, something which his brother finds funny but which Ramon finds devastating enough to throw out all his artwork and give up art altogether.
That is until Ramon finds the exhibition of his artwork that his sister has put together on her bedroom wall, she just loves his artwork. It may not look exactly like a vase, but it’s vase-ish, and the flowers, they’re very flower-ish, and the tree, he draws treeish.
The encouragement of his sister gives him the courage to take it all on again, this time with more energy, more passion, more fever, more freedom and more joy.
The story goes on, but it raises a number of questions for me about how much we expect people’s passions to be perfect, how often we may want the kids we minister with, the kids we teach, the people we love to do everything perfectly.
It makes me wonder how often we’re happy with faith-ish.
How much we’d be overjoyed with jesus-ish
How often do you encourage someone with “that’s so beautiful, it’s vase-ish” rather than being the older brother who just seems to pick on everything that’s “wrong.”
Reynold’s books are always full of some home truths and have a strong art theme…
What do you do that makes you full of joy?