Sketches

The Joys and Stings of Gardening

Another month has passed! Ack! It goes by so fast!

Since my last post, I decided to officially take a month off from work and just be outside as much as possible. I had a long list of things to accomplish in the yard and work just made me frustrated and unhappy lately. A break was needed. I really enjoyed digging in the dirt….

Pulling out weeds…

And relaxing on the rocks under the tree by the flower beds, drinking loads of water.

Until a wasp got into my shirt and stung me MANY TIMES. Luckily I had a steroid ointment for stings and some Benadryl. I had to go to Urgent Care to get checked out the next day, and was given an anti-nausea medicine because I WAS SO SICK. Bugs. I tell ya.

Not long after I got stung, I finished my to-do list of outdoor chores. I felt really good after that. I felt stronger, I lost some weight, and I was happier. It was a much-needed break. And I found myself drawing again, wanting to draw again, and really looking forward to some new storylines. And the biggest lesson I learned in the garden? It doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be done.

Sketches, Writing

Don’t Be a Peeved Pickle, You Got This!

Child Study

Sometimes a project gets put on hold until I level up enough as an artist to take it back out and complete it. Usually this happens when I’m stuck in my head, and I start to draw the life out of everything.

And when it’s time to bring it out, I feel determined. I’m RESOLVED to draw the thing. But I’m also intimidated. I remember how frustrating it was, and I find myself stalling. “oh, I was going to work on that, but I decided to cook bacon! Uh.. I needed to fold towels! I have to run an errand! Oh does that need cleaning AGAIN? Just a few more chapters in this book, and I’ll get right to it.”

Procrastination is sneaky.

Before I know it, I’m completely stressed out because I’m not taking charge and I really WANT TO FINISH THIS, but now it’s a BILLION TIMES HARDER because it has grown teeth while I ignored it and keeps making threatening chomping noises.

Enter the drawing studies and the silly sketches. Above is a study of child. I’ve been leaning a lot towards drawing toddlers lately, and I wanted to get familiar again with bigger kids! Kids who run and play, hug their toys, get embarrassed, and grin when they figure out tying their shoes when 5 minutes ago IT WAS SO HARD AND THEY WERE NEVER GOING TO GET IT RIGHT.

*lightbulb flashes above my head*

Huh! I guess some things don’t change. Next time I want to shout “It’s TOO HARD I CAN’T DO IT! I’ll remember I learned to tie my shoes and just get to work instead of being a peeved pickle like below. 😀

 

 

Peeved Pickle

I love grouchy characters.

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Ready for the New Year

This year was a difficult one. It was also one of the most heart-filling years for friendships and loved ones. I met some amazing people this year that I am happy to call friends, the friendships I had before felt more special to me, and my appreciation for family grew. So it was a hard year, and in many places, a sad year. But also a good year.

I often imagine going through my mental baggage at the end of each year and picking out the things I want to take with me.

This year, I’m taking a few things with me:

  1. The day is not complete until you’ve made at least 5 mistakes a day. Everything after that is bonus.
  2. It doesn’t have to be perfect, have fun in the process
  3. Friendship
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Confidence in myself to succeed.

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Sketches

Compassion (a slideshow)

Sometimes I feel sad, like there’s a hole that can’t be filled.

But then someone from my family and friends shows me kindness, love,  and compassion and it’s like a light. And even though I still have a hole, I have my own light of compassion to share. And no matter how many times that compassion is shared, it doesn’t seem to diminish, but grow. So I did some sketches, and I wanted to share them with you. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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