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How powerful is a dream?

September 30, 2016

Some people might wonder, how does a fun drawing book like the 1 Minute Artist happen? It has a lot to do with “dreaming”…



A couple of years ago, I had this idea to create simple six step drawings to help people get a little confidence to give drawing a try…and find out that they could draw better than they thought and even enjoyed it!  I drew one up and tried it out with some students and they wanted more.  I thought, “there is something good about this idea…”



At the same time, I had bought some kind of paper product that came in a clear plastic box that I wanted to keep…for something.  Then it came to me that little clear plastic box would become my “dream box”.  I would put creative ideas in that box that I wanted to see become something.  I made a sticker that said, “Insert Dreams Here”…



I put my first six step drawing in the box…excited that I was actually using the box to help myself dream!


I wanted to make more and try them out with more students at schools….so I did!



Teachers were asking for more and anyone that tried them thought it was fun and they were surprised they could draw something so easily.  It was addicting!  My box was filling up!



It seemed my dream was growing…and I was able to use it to help others…I was very excited!  I wondered if these 6 step drawings should become a box of large game cards that could be sold like educational cards.  I kept trying my dream with kids everywhere…after the kids drew three or four, they began combining them into one picture according to the way they wanted to creatively put them together…making some objects bigger or smaller.  They also enjoyed adding details and surprising things to the new things they were drawing.

Not knowing what to do with this dream/idea…I turned to Jesus, “my” Creator, and asked Him for direction and help.  I had been doing this from the very start as I felt He was putting something good in my heart to help others and at the same time provide for my family.

His answer came a few months later when a kind editor from a large publishing house in New York contacted me that she had seen the 6 step drawings on Pinterest and wanted to see if we could make a book with a collection of them.  And…that is exactly what happened…the 1 Minute Artist was born!



And that first drawing that went into the dream box is right here in the book…



What I got from this experience is that God often puts dreams in our hearts with things that help others but let us experience a joy that is amazing.  Dreams God puts in our hearts also often take a long time to happen and we have to keep trying and keep asking Him for help…not getting discouraged.  If dreams were easy to happen, they wouldn’t be very meaningful…it’s the journey of seeing it through with our Creator, Jesus, that makes it absolutely great!

I thank Him for this dream that has come into being.  God never ceases to amaze me!

Maybe there is a dream that you have?  Ask the One who made you for help and listen for His reply…be patient and He will lead you.  When He answers, then it’s time to work hard.



Imagination hand activity (super fun, even for adults!)

August 21, 2015



“What if” your fingers could become something else anytime you wanted them to…but then after you use it, it looks like a finger again?!!

Here’s a fun activity you might want to try…or let your students or kids try….

hand activity

Even if you don’t actually draw anything, it’s still fun to think about what 5 things you would choose for yourself.

It would be a fun verbal activity around the dinner table with your family as well.  You might be surprised what “you” come up with for yourself…

and surprised what others around you come up with.

This activity helps you see what things you use the most in your lifestyle or what things you wish you had.

If you are someone who looses the key to your house often, you might want to make that one your finger choices…..just saying.

Have fun!

Draw a Talking Bird!

March 19, 2015

STOP! Take a 1 minute creative break and draw this…then have your bird saying something. Show it to someone…dare ya.  Enjoy!


A tribute to Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2015

What an amazing talent God gave Dr. Seuss to be able to write the stories and draw the pictures that made so many laugh and smile while learning!

dr seuss drawing

Draw a robot

February 25, 2015

A piece of paper and pencil is all you need to try this 6 step robot drawing…hope you will try it.  Enjoy!



Try these

January 23, 2015

Here are some fun little pictures that you may enjoy drawing.  Get a piece of paper and a pencil…then choose one of the things below and see if you

can sketch it on your paper.  Then try another…as many as you want.  You can also take two or three of the things you draw and draw what is around them…a city?  The beach?  The country

with a barn in the distance and cows?  The park?  Whatever your imagination sees!  Enjoy!  You are very creative!

DB things that go

DB house

Draw a dinosaur!

March 6, 2014


Try this simple dinosaur…Blockheadasaurus.. and let me know how you did.  You can post your drawing on the Pick and Draw Facebook page…I’d love to see your drawing!  Add some color to your dinosaur  if you like.  Enjoy!

Draw this…

January 7, 2014


Happy 2014 !  I’m developing a new game and wonder if you would engage your kids in drawing this barn step by step and seeing what happens.  Please don’t coax them too much or help them very much as I want to see how kids handle something like this.  I’m looking for input…please feel free to comment or send me their drawing with comments.  If they like what they did then perhaps you can ask them to draw things around the barn that they want to…trees, hills, chickens, horses, tractor, people?  Have fun and let me hear from you!

Christmas Coloring Page download !

December 4, 2013

PO coloring pageFINAL

BREAK OUT THE CRAYONS AND MARKERS!  I’ve just made a new Christmas coloring page that you can easily download and print off as many sheets as you want for your budding artists to enjoy.  Look for the folder name: “Christmas coloring page”.  There are other downloads available for you there as well.  ENJOY!  And enjoy this wonderful season of remembering that Christmas is our special holiday to celebrate that Jesus Christ, God’s son, came to earth to save us from our sins!  It’s the best news there is!

You might also, see if your little artists can look at the penguins on the coloring sheet and try to draw them on another sheet of paper…great eye-hand activity.


Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy using Pick and Draw Game too!

November 12, 2013


mphs_draw kids7

Do you know a physical therapist or occupational therapist?  Do you know of a clinic in your area?  Why not let them know about Pick and Draw as an effective tool they can use with the kids they are working to help.  You could simply point them to this recent review of the game by Physical Therapist, Margaret Rice…it’s very simple and full of insight and ideas.  Anytime physical help can come in a creative way and make it fun for the person in need, that is a very good thing!  Pick and Draw does this well but not many PT and OT know about it.

Also, Pick and Draw was just given the coveted award, “The Seal of Approval” by The National Parenting Center after testing it with educators, Parents and Panelist for 8 weeks.  We want parents to know about it and  use it in the home after dinner or when the kids need a fun creative activity they can do by theirself or with others.  God has given a creativity drive to every person to enrich their life.  Here’s a simple way to enjoy that together!

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