When my daughter was three, she went through a ‘Band-Aid’ phase. Every day she would complain of a new boo-boo. Some were tiny scratches or paper cuts. Most were not visible to the human eye, and one was even a freckle. Still, she always insisted on a Band-Aid. She was somehow comforted by the magical healing effects of a colorful bandage. While the phase didn’t last long, it serves as a reminder, even today, that our hands can heal—whether the hurt is imagined or real.
“Heal”–Graphite and Watercolor
Whether friendly, flirty, enthusiastic, angry, or helpful, a wave can be the perfect way to get someone’s attention. My favorite wave is the unsolicited ‘baby wave’ that usually occurs in the line at my grocery store. Mom is busy transferring groceries from her cart to the conveyer belt. Baby is bored. Baby spots me—also bored. Baby waves. I wave back. This continues until Baby tries to get Mom’s attention to show off her new friend. Mom turns around. I look away, pretending that the entire exchange never happened. Mom goes back to the task at hand. Baby waves. I wave back. It’s a little juvenile, but it’s fun, and it keeps one baby’s and one shopper’s boredom at bay.
“Wave”–Graphite and Pastels
Treat time in our house is a canine celebration. It doesn’t matter where my dogs are, the slightest tap of the treat jar will send them running with tails and tongues wagging. Come to think of it, that’s probably the same way I look each night when I head to the fridge to unwrap a decadent piece of 86% dark chocolate. Everyone deserves a little treat now and then.
“Treat”–Graphite and Watercolor