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Heed the Call – Friday Fictioneers

Should I play? Should I not? Do I have an idea? Is it good enough?  Silly. Of course I should. Of course I do. Of course it is.  It’s Wednesday and Rochelle is a-callin’ with this here picture by Brenda Cox.   Time to Friday Fictioneer!  If you are inspired by this here photo, why don’t you click the painter frog below and add your 100-word link.

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Heed the Call

Why didn’t my father hand down his creative genes to me?

What do you mean?

One day he started painting and was immediately good. I can barely draw stick figures.

Did you ever really try?



Does spending hundreds of dollars on paints and paper and markers and stuff count?

Do you use any of them?

Well.  Not yet.

Why not?

I don’t think I’ll be any good.

Was it not YOU who shared that meme?

What meme?

The one about not worrying if you are good enough.  To just do it.

Yeah, I did.

So? Whatcha waiting for?

May be an image of 1 person and text that says "If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry about whether you good enough. Just do it. re -Glennon Doyle Melton ContemplativeMonk.com"

140 thoughts on “Heed the Call – Friday Fictioneers

  1. So, true, Just do it. The process can be enjoyable, even if the finished product does not look professional. (I need this reminder for myself with painting/visual art, as i also cannot draw, and don’t do it because I didn’t get that art gene that runs in my family.) 😀

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  2. Ah, Dale, don’t you know that the one who dies with the most art supplies wins? 🙂

    Glad you wrote this. The voice of negativity must not be obeyed.

    A very interesting meme, indeed. (snickers, delightfully) Well done. This has motivated me toward my neglected art supplies.

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  3. Yes, if art supplies equated to success I would be living in a palace by now. And loved the quote. Sometimes when I’m searching for a title for my FF piece I search for quotations about the subject, and today I came across that one. Lovely, Dale.

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    • You are right, of course. It’s not for nothing that art therapy exists. It’s not about the end result but how you feel as you apply paint/crayon/whatever medium to paper (or whatever medium).

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  4. Dear Dale,

    Nu? Whatcha waiting for? I guarantee those art supplies aren’t going to activate themselves. You’re a creative person. I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with. You just might surprise yourself. Let’s do this. 😉

    Shalom and lotsa noodging hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I guess being surrounded, so to speak, by you, Sarah, and various other super talented artists is my excuse. Silly, really. And don’t get excited. I’m probably not going to share!

      Shalom and lotsa noodge-appreciative love,


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  5. Lovely and inspirational, Dale. I don’t know why people always think that any art form must come naturally when they would never trust a shop with their car if there weren’t skilled mechanics. Talent without the work on technique behind it doesn’t get anyone anywhere. So just go and learn how to do it. Unless they are from youtube university, the all-knowing. 😉

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  6. Dale, I’d been meaning to stop by and wish you a happy new year! Then I read this post, and your meme rather resonated with something I’d just posted. So it seems we are aligned. May you dance and paint your heart out in 2022!

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  7. I laugh, and agree with that meme. But it’s the example you give. My father used pen & ink, I stayed away from that medium, and used paints. But one day I decided to try. I gave my father the resultant picture (a Broadland view with reeds & butterfly). I then went on to experiment further.

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    • Glad you do. My father’s brother was amazing with pen and ink. My nieces are amazing with pen and markers and now computers. My dad had always had a talent that he didn’t share, until he decided to join a painting group. Next thing you know, he’s got a showing. Sold everything that he didn’t give and then never painted again. Sigh.
      I shall be dabbling 🙂


  8. Man oh man–isn’t it true that we often share memes (and blogs!) that we ourselves need to hear. I took a spiritual art class sometime during the pandemic. It kinda felt like a flop, but it was good to try drawing and painting and such for awhile.

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  9. Q

    Painting is such a great outlet. Having done all kinds of painting, I find that it does release a certain chemical in my brain that stirs the juices and helps my writing as well. Even when it’s straight forward stuff, like painting a rocking chair or an accent table. My forte is the straight forward shit, but hey, it still counts!


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  10. A terrific message here. (My Poppa was like that. Taught himself to paint – was amazing) I think it is important to try anything you want to try, give everything a go. No judgement here! I’m proud of everyone who attempts a new hobby or activity. If a person wants to do something, go ahead and do it I say.

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  11. Ah, you are also one of the stick figure club? It’s an art, you know, to reproduce all figures in the same consistent stick-like garb. 😉
    Loved that!
    Your NYNF (with the drawing level that never quite evolved beyond the age of 5)

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  12. I saw another meme recently that I enjoyed about this – it said that it’s a lie to assume art should be good to be worthwhile. Art doesn’t have to impress others, sometimes it can just be an expression for yourself. Obviously the meme was more concise than that – I wish I could find it now. Anyway, point is, ‘good’ isn’t important in art, it’s the doing that matters.

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    • It’s always the way. I have spent an inordinate amount of time searching for that meme that I saw one day. However, the gist of this one is bang on, I say. I agree it’s all about the doing.


  13. “One day he started painting and was immediately good. I can barely draw stick figures.” I can relate. In my family, my grandfather was the painter. When he died, we literally fought over his paintings. As far as I know, only one cousin has any artistic talent.

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  14. So true. I often think it’s best to start (as a writer) with some paper and a pen. At times literally. No electronics aka distractions. I know it’s the same with other arts too. Just do it. Then, start thinking about HOW to do it. Love this one, Dale!

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