Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Show of Hands: Communicate

I learned the sign language alphabet in college, and I was fascinated by the concept of communicating solely through the use of one’s hands.  Most people can communicate to some degree through gestures, but it’s possible to have an entire conversation using sign language.  While some people are more than happy to express their feelings by flipping up their middle fingers, I stick to friendlier gestures when I’m trying to communicate.

“Communicate”–Graphite, Watercolor, and Pen

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Wordless Wednesday: In the Pink

“In the Pink”–Watercolor on Board

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A Show of Hands: Lead

When my dogs were puppies, their leashes served as training tools.  They also kept my pups under control as I led them through their obedience exercises.  Now that my dogs are adults, the leashes are a formality, a courtesy to other pedestrians and their dogs, and a safety measure.  My dogs still wear their leashes religiously when we walk, but I don’t really ‘lead’ them anymore.  We walk together as a family, or in my dogs’ eyes, as one big happy pack.

“Lead”–Graphite and Colored Pencil

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A Show of Hands: Applause

While everyone claps at sporting events, concerts, and plays, I sometimes feel we should applaud the little things people do for each other.  Let’s clap for the big tipper at table five, the girl who rushed to open the door for a mother with her hands full, the honest patron who returned the extra change a cashier accidentally gave him.  Let’s put our hands together for life’s little everyday miracles: kindness, consideration, and honesty.

“Applause”–Pastels

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Wordless Wednesday: “Green With Envy”

“Green With Envy”–Watercolor on  Board

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A Show of Hands: Dexterity

As a child, I was fascinated by my hands’ dexterity.  I am ‘double-jointed’ and can bend my hands and fingers into all sorts of strange, unnatural positions.   I wish I could boast about how this ’talent’ has benefited me, but other than being the undefeated “Thumb War” champion in my family, it hasn’t. It only serves as an oddity and an off-putting party trick.  Still, I treasure my flexible little hands and thank them for seeing me through countless yoga poses, hours of drawing and painting, and a lifetime of ability.

“Dexterity”–Graphite

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Just Keep Swimming

It’s day three of 2014 and I am a Resolution Dynamo.  I’ve painted, cleaned, filed, exercised, and eaten like a champ.  But it’s only day three.  What happens when I get tired or lazy?  What will become of my resolutions when I lose motivation, or fear sets in? Will I have enough willpower to keep me afloat? The ‘diving in’ part is easy, now I’ve just got to keep swimming.

“Just Keep Swimming”–Colored Pencil

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Go Fish

It’s a brand new year, and the best of intentions are dancing around in my head, just waiting for the opportunity to be cast aside in my rather large ‘resolution graveyard’.   Every year, I come up with grand resolutions that just never get resolved.  Two Thousand Thirteen was supposed to be the year for my inner artist to step forward.  And while I did take two small steps in the right direction, fear intervened, and I stalled out. 

In life, you can play the safe hand you’re dealt.  If you don’t like your cards, or you don’t have what you need, sometimes, you have to reach into that pile in the middle of the table and grab the unknown.  Go Fish.  You might pull out a bum card, or you might pull out a treasure, but if you don’t take a chance, you will stay exactly where you are today–stalled out.  I dream of selling my art to benefit the amazing turtle rehabilitation facilities here in Florida.  That is this year’s goal.  And as scary as it is for me, I am going to reach into that great big pile of unknown and take a chance.  If I don’t, I will be sitting here writing this exact same post in January of 2015.  I am moving forward and taking a risk.  I am going to Go Fish.  

“Go Fish”–Colored Pencil

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