Annemieke Redeman
Annemieke Redeman

All my life I wanted to be creative. As a child I wanted to join my friends in a children’s choir, but my dad told me that that wasn’t really a good idea. I was devastated.

Later I tried all sorts of other things. I played the cello, but since I am tone-deaf (as my father had know all those years before) that wasn’t a big success. I wrote a novel, but found I had no other stories to tell. I even tried to paint. In the end I had to admit that I had no talent in any of these fields. I gave up trying for years, but something always kept tugging at me. I tried photography, sewing, making home movies. All with ok results, but I had no great talent for those things either.

One night I was looking around on YouTube and ran into a post by Lisa Clough from Lachri Fine Art. She was ‘painting’ an eagle in colored pencil. I was stunned! I had no idea you could to things like that with just colored pencils. I wanted to be able to do that to! So I hungrily watched all I could find on colored pencil art on YouTube, and when I finally couldn’t postpone it any longer, I tried for myself. Terrified to find out that I had no talent here either.

And what do you know? I realized that it takes a lot of patience (not one of my virtues) and perseverance, but that I do have some talent for this! Oh my God, it took me over forty years, but I finally found something I’m actually good at!