As a kid, I like to draw pictures.
But being left-handed, stuck in those damned right-handed desks at school,
I have a hard time making drawings that aren’t lopsided and weird.
The other kids, being kids, tease me about the bizarre scrawls on my paper.
So at the bitter age of 10, I figure out how to make the teasing stop:
I quit drawing.

I make up a story,
And the story is, “I can’t draw.”

In 1989, I’m in L.A. recording what will become Trouble No More.
Sitting in the studio, bored, scratching on a newspaper with a pencil,
I accidentally draw a tree.
Immediately, I cover the drawing up, afraid someone will see it.
A few seconds later, I move my hand. It’s still there.
Suddenly I’m 9, sitting in the back of the class,
Lost in the land of crayons and construction paper.
It feels good. I start to teach myself to draw again.

Now when I travel, I fill notebooks with weird little black-and-white pictures.
There’s not a straight line to be found, and it doesn’t matter.
I don’t make these images to show people.
I don’t need a gallery wall for proof they’re valid.
The doing of it is all that matters now.

Sometimes I think about all those years I spend believing that story
I tell myself when I’m 10: the story of no.

Because I listen back then, I miss out on a lot of joy,
A lot of time dragging ink across a page.

Don’t listen to the teasers.
Draw the pictures.

Blanco, TX – Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farm



For tickets and info

Our good friend and Austin legend, Darden Smith is back with us for dinner and a concert! These “In The House” concerts are intimate, fun and yummy! Please join us as we welcome Darden back to Juniper Hills Farm!

We are cooking dinner for you tonight, no class, just let us serve you while you enjoy the music. Always let us know if you have dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Open seating, doors open at 4:45 pm, dinner served at 5:15 pm

Shallot Mushroom Burrata Tarte on Arugula
Roasted Apple Fig Pecan Goat Cheese Salad with Sriracha Maple Vinaigrette
Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cranberry Chutney
Vegetable Pot Pies with Parker House Roll Tops
Lemon Tarragon Asparagus
Praline Pecan Brownies
Chocolate Cinnamon Almond Loaf Cake with Cinnamon Cream GF

Austin, TX – Bale Creek Allen Gallery


This show will be 13 signed and numbered prints of drawings, along with 3 large scale photographs, all featured in the book, “The Habit of Noticing – Using Creativity to Make a Life (And a Living), released September 2018.

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