Tuesday, April 5, 2011
On the bus
Today a very interesting thing happened. As usual, I had my sketchbook out and was drawing. An Indian lady sitting next to me asked to see it, so I let her. People will ask to see my sketchbook a lot of times. Mostly, it will be as I'm taking it out and about to draw in it. Next comes the couple minutes of, "wow," or "that's nice" while I'm sitting there with the pen in my hand waiting. Well, all this happened as usual, but at the end she asked if I could draw a picture of her. She wanted me to draw her a picture in my sketchbook and tear it out for her to keep. I laughed inside.
I wasn't going to give her a piece of my sketchbook, but one of her friends pulled out a folded up piece of scratch paper. I ended up drawing a portrait of her on a piece of scratch paper on the bumpy bus ride, while my sketchbook was passed around among five of her friends to look at.
I usually don't do this. Normally, I would charge people money for drawing them something, but this time was different. Some people may disagree with me, but I think some times it's good to do stuff for people just to be nice. I believe we have talents and abilities that we should use to make a living and provide for ourselves, but I also think we should use them to bless other people. This girl was definitely blessed. She told me she was going to frame the picture and hang it up on her wall. They always say that. It was a small thing for me to do. I was going to be drawing anyways. But I think it made her day, and it is something that will be with her for a long time. I will probably never see it again, but I'm sure she will remember it.
To me, that is something really special that not a lot of people will be able to experience. It is really important to protect yourself and your art and to provide for yourself with it, but you should also use it to bless others.