Magnolia (wip)

“Magnolia” (wip)

It took three layers of green and two layers of blue to get that emerald hue. After which my brain just went on hiatus for a few days. Getting those buds to pop took more layering than I had anticipated but all is good now. My brain has returned and I’m back at it. I think I’m gonna save the other three buds for last. I can’t have parts of my body just up and go on vacation in the middle of a drawing. 

The Habits We Keep

Success in anything has more to do with habit than luck, talent, skill or having the perfect plan. Not that those things don’t matter but if you make it a habit to follow through on your intentions, goals and dreams until completion, success will come to you much easier than if you have a habit of not following through and sticking to your plans. Everything is essentially about the habits you keeps. What you do regularly, even the way you think, is a habit. So if you are seeking a change in any area of your life you will need to change those habits that affect that area of your life to habits that are more conducive to the change that your want. There is no way around this. There are no short cuts, magical formulas or easy solutions. You simply have to put in the effort to make the change and stick with it until that change becomes a habit. 

…and this works both ways for positive change and negative as well. So be mindful of the habits you keep. 😊

Spring In February

Line drawing for “Magnolia”.

It’s been unseasonably warm this winter for the Mitten state. I’m talking about 60 degrees in February warm. That’s not normal for us. Strange weather always puts me a little on edge. But despite my concern, we’ve been taking advantage of this warm weather and firing up the grill for some winter barbecue…well, minus the winter. In my house we’re always looking for an excuse to light up the pit and burn up some meat…literally. (For years I’ve been telling my husband that ‘burnt’ isn’t a flavor and for years I’ve been losing that battle.)

This absence of snow and biting chill has got me thinking that it’s Spring and I’m anxious to see the flowers bloom, especially on the Magnolia tree in front of our home, which fills the air with its soft fragrance and delights the eyes with its beautiful pink and white bloom. Unfortunately it hasn’t been doing too well over the last year and not being in any way knowledgeable about trees, I am only recently learning that it might be infested with magnolia scale. I’m currently researching more to find out what I can do to help this beauty back to health and keeping my fingers crossed that she’ll recover. So in spirit of the coming Spring and with thoughts of my Magnolia tree, I’m currently working on a piece simply called “Magnolia”. 

The Difference Of Three Years

“Forever” – 2014

“Human” – 2017

Confession: some of my early stuff is a bit embarrassing to me. I like to blame that, at least in part, on living in a society where we’re conditioned to only show the “good”, the “perfect” and the “wonderful” parts of our lives. Anything that hints of “struggle”, “effort”, or “imperfection” is neatly stuffed away in hidden closets that we try to forget about. So while going through a “forgotten” digital account, I came across a snapshot of one of my first of artist card drawings that I had stippled up for Valentines. Honestly I cringed…and I’m still cringing now. But we all have to get a start somewhere, somehow. Surprisingly someone thought it was adorable enough to purchase as a Valentine’s Day gift for that someone special in their life. So it goes to show that you never really know what might be special in someone else’s eyes. So here’s to Valentine’s Day and here’s to growth and progress. ❤💜💙 😊

If There Is No Struggle

​”If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its mighty waters.

The struggle may be a moral one or it may be a physical one, or it may both be moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” ~ Frederick Douglas