Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Show of Hands: Pet

I grew up with an entire menagerie of animals.  Strays had a way of just appearing at our house, and we had a way of just inviting them in.  We gave them food, shelter, and love, and they gave right back to us.  It’s only natural that I am inclined to want to pet every animal I come into contact with.  It’s in my blood, my genes, my heart.

“Pet”–Colored Pencil


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A Show of Hands: Snap

I’ve always thought of myself as an organizer and motivator with strong leadership skills.  Once, fifteen years ago, someone told me I was bossy—that I just snapped my fingers and expected people to jump. Those words were said in anger—one time—fifteen years ago—but they made me question who I was.   I know better than to let someone’s negative words define me, but still, those words have stayed with me.   I wish I could just snap my fingers and make them disappear.  I guess if I were truly bossy, I could.

“Snap”–Graphite and Colored Pencil


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A Show of Hands: Give

It’s the season to share, and while I love to shop, this year I’m trying to give those gifts that are difficult to find during the holidays: time, love, patience, support, and encouragement.  They’re free, don’t need to be wrapped, and they’re always in style.  That’s the kind of present I love to receive, but I won’t complain if Santa leaves a little something under the tree, too.

“Give”–Watercolor and Ink Pen


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A Show of Hands: A-Okay

Does anyone use the ‘okay’ sign anymore?  It was popular in the 1950s and 60s, but I don’t think the current hip generation has any idea what it means.  Someone warned me that it might have a negative connotation in other countries.  Just in case, I’ll stick to a warm smile.  Surely that is universal.

“A-Okay”–Graphite and Watercolor


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A Show of Hands: Decorate

There are two camps when it comes to decorating for the holidays.  The ‘Equal Opportunity’ party insists on waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas.  The ’Christmas Junkies’ decorate as soon as possible in order to get the most out of their favorite holiday.  I am a Christmas Junkie.  I would start decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween if my husband would allow it.  Unfortunately, he is a member of the Equal Opportunity party, but we usually find a compromise that we can both live with.  This year, Thanksgiving falls late in the month of November.  That is a problem for Christmas Junkies.  After much negotiation, we agreed on the weekend before Thanksgiving as our time to decorate.  I guess love really can survive in a two-party family.

“Decorate”–Colored Pencil


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