Two Halves Don’t Make A Whole…

"The best thing to hold on to in life is each other" (Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl)

When I found the quote I used for the drawing on the left, I immediately saw it as a powerful message that cuts to the chase about what is really important in life. But then I started to think about the different ways that we hold on to each other: some healthy, some not-so-healthy. So what makes “holding on” cross over into not-so-healthy land? I think a big part of it comes down to how whole we are. If I am holding on to someone to make me feel whole/complete, then I am cheating myself and them. To me, being whole has nothing to do with […] Read more »

Life Lessons Learned with a Drawing Pencil…

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up (pencil drawing: Diane Mottl)

The drawing on the left was so close to being crumpled and thrown in the garbage. I look at it now and can proudly see it for what it is and am grateful for what I learned. Let me explain. My drawings follow a predictable pattern. I start out with a light sketch to get the proportions right (I have a very well worn eraser – smile). When I think I have it, I pick one area (i.e. the child’s shorts) and start to fill, shade and smudge until it starts to take shape. Then I move on to another small area. But then I hit the same […] Read more »

The Words to the Song in Your Heart…

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. (Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl,

If you have read my blog before, you know I am a wee-bit of a quote junkie. I love how a snippet of wisdom can resonate so deeply it echoes for days. I found one such quote, after finishing the drawing of the two friends walking: “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” (Donna Roberts) Take a moment to let the waves of those words wash over you. Do you know what the song in your heart is? What fills you with joy?  What keeps […] Read more »

Jumping Ahead to a Splat!

Pencil drawing of child playing hopscotch (by Diane Mottl,

Do you remember playing hopscotch as a child? Tossing a stone, hopping on one foot then two, careful to never touch the lines. Ever get a tad over-confident and try to jump too many squares at once? Ripped jeans and a skinned knee. No big deal to a kid (at least for a rough-and-tumble-kid like me). But skipping an important square (step) as an adult can end a wee-bit differently. Before I lose you entirely, let me give an example. Say you just started doing pencil drawings. Say you get your ideas by finding photographs through Google images. Say you sketch, shade, smudge, […] Read more »