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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: My Artistic Flaw
By Elizabeth Budd
01/22/07


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When I look in the mirror, I see a 51-year-old woman who can do many things. I can play the piano, sing, and teach music. I can put a balanced meal on the table, sew (I used to make all my own clothes), and lose the same 20 pounds every few years. I can teach English and Latin to teenagers without totally losing my mind, write stories for children, and solve Sudoku puzzles. I even know all the books of the Bible in order and can quote “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers” without getting tongue-tied.

But I can’t draw. You’ve all seen the drawings little children do for their mommies – the ones that cause all mommies everywhere to say, “Now, (child’s name here), tell me about this picture.” That’s what my artwork looks like, except that nobody will hang mine on the refrigerator.

It’s not as if I haven’t tried. When I was 12, I took an art class with people of varying ages. We were to draw a bowl of fruit with some kind of charcoal. When the instructor saw mine, he kindly suggested I change classes – to ceramics. All I had to do there was paint objects like ashtrays and wait for somebody else to “fire” them.

Even photography seems to be outside my abilities. How many pictures of my fingers do I need? Or pictures of people so far away no one can discern who they are?

So I guess I’ll have to be content with describing a sunset instead of drawing it, making music, and enjoying my teenagers. I’ll save the space on the front of my refrigerator for my grandchildren.


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Donna Emery01/25/07
I think many will be able to relate to this! And I love the last line, but my favorite is how you've lost the same 20 pounds every year. Good job
Mo 01/27/07
Nice. I like the voice.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/31/07
We are of a kindred spirit, Writer. I too have an Artistic Flaw - can't even draw flys. But loved the short, sweet and creative piece with it's candor and wit; an easy and enjoyable read plus Well Written. Kudos!