Taking Off The Training Wheels…

Pencil drawing of a child pedaling with training wheels (by Diane Mottl)

Confession time. My security blanket is to draw from photographs. I find one that stirs an emotion in me, print it then create a grid that turns it into sixteen mini-pictures. I get my drawing paper out, make sixteen boxes, tape the gridded-photograph to my easel and start to draw, looking at the photograph for reference to get the proportions just right. Once the whole photograph is sketched, I go back and do all the shading, smudging and highlighting to get the two to look alike. I know I am getting good at this. I know it takes talent to replicate a photograph, but deep inside I feel like […] Read more »

Easter Egg Hunts Were So Much Easier…

Pencil drawing of a child hunting for Easter eggs (by Diane Mottl)

Growing up in a cold climate, I have no memories of traipsing around fields searching for multi-colored Easter eggs. Since it was hit or miss whether the ground would be covered with snow, my parents had to be more inventive. My Dad hid our Easter eggs in the house, with hand-handwritten clues. The rules were simple. Decipher the clue, find the hiding space for the next clue and be rewarded each time with a sprinkling of foil-covered chocolate eggs. The final clue would lead us to the mother-load: a chocolate Easter bunny and the remaining chocolate eggs. Wouldn’t it be something if life worked that way? Discover […] Read more »

It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go…

It doesn't matter where you go in life it's who you have beside you (pencil drawing by Diane Mottl)

Which is more important, where you go in life or the person beside you (whether it is a love-partner, family, friends or children)? If you absolutely had to choose, which would it be? When I asked myself that question, my automatic first response was the person beside me. But then I thought about where most of my energy goes. Sadly, it is not towards my loved ones. I would hazard to guess that if we were forced to watch a play-by-play of our day, most of our time would be spent on work, to do’s, commitments and the rest of the […] Read more »

Seeing The Sun Even When It Rains (or Snows)…

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. (Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl)

After a long, cold winter with far (far!) too much snow, I feel like this little boy in the drawing, ready to jump into spring. What is it about bad weather that can put such a damper on our spirit? When I lived in a rainy winter climate, the weeks of overcast skies gave me such a dreary, closed in feeling that I felt my spirit suffocating. Although I was too stubborn to see if I had Seasonal Affective Disorder, I do think my mood was affected by the lack of sunshine. And now that I live in a sunny, albeit […] Read more »