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
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
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
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