Do you ever find yourself afraid to try something out of fear that you might not be good enough? I’m not talking about the little things that don’t really matter. I mean the big things that have real meaning to you, that pull at your soul and call to you. That “something” that you know deep within you, you must do….but fear stops you from taking that first step?
Well, this blog and this page are first steps for me. For too long, I’ve been afraid to explore my creative side, afraid that I might not measure up. But now, its not about that. There has been a shift. My art, my writing, is an expression of me. An expression of me finding that place within myself that flows freely, believes, is at peace, is joyous, is passionate…and can let go and take that next step, even if she doesn’t know where the path ahead leads.
So, with that, I share this side of me.
As often as I can, I’ve decided to include a drawing that a blog post topic has inspired within me. When I do, I’ll add to this page…so it becomes my own personal art gallery – smile. Beside each drawing I’ll try to include something about what inspired the picture, plus will provide a link back to the blog post. Enjoy!
Cradled Butterfly: When I was trying to come up with an image to represent this blog, I wanted something that symbolized being in the present moment, being connected to the universe, being quiet, being still…just being. When I came across this photo of a butterfly being cradled in open palms, I knew I wanted to try to draw it. This piece was used on the About page (and, of course, in my blog “logo”).
Love & Connection: I drew this on a birthday card for my husband. The symbolism is pretty obvious (smile). The more I looked at it though, the more I saw in it. It speaks to me not only of love, but of having a connection to myself, to others…and a symbol for gratitude. I found a beautiful quote about gratitude, which I added to it and placed it on my Thank You page.
Quiet Mind, Open Heart: When I was trying to find an image to go with my personal mantra, I saw this amazing photograph. The resulting pencil sketch was used in the blog post Do you have a personal mantra? It was also used again later in the same blog post with my personal mantra attached to it.
Being Still: There is just something about butterflies (and moths) landing on a person, that speaks to me. Out of curiosity, I did a quick search on wikipedia to find out what the was. They varied but the ones I liked the best were: “Some people say that when a butterfly lands on you it means good luck….In some old cultures, butterflies also symbolize rebirth…The ancient Greek word for “butterfly” primarily means “soul” or “mind”….in Japan as the personification of a person’s soul….” For me? I think it’s the implication that one needs to be truly still, for a butterfly to choose to land on us (and what a gift it is when they do!). This sketch was used in the blog post What trips you up?
The Hummingbird’s Gift: I searched for a photograph of a hummingbird being cradled in the palm of two hands but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. When I saw this photograph, it brought me back to how it felt to hold a hummingbird: how his claws gripped my palm when he was finally able to stand. I absolutely knew I wanted to draw this to go with the blog post Profound Moments and for The Hummingbird’s Gift.
Baby Gator: This sketch is meaningful to me, for a number of reasons: it is my first attempt at sketching from a photograph; it is one of my favorite photos of our cat (as a kitten, lying on my husband’s hand); and Gator looks amazingly like he does in the photograph (even his slightly squinting eye, squished up on my husban’ds hand). It makes me smile. This sketch was used in the post Pets and the present moment.
Gift of Vulnerability: I saw this in a magazine and I thought it was the perfect image to be paired with my blog post, The gift of vulnerability. Since I wanted the heart to stand out, I decided to explore watercolors. Who would’ve guessed the end result would be something that tests my ability to allow myself to be vulnerable? In keeping with the spirit of this blog, I am sharing it any ways, because it may not be perfect, but it doesn’t have to be. I can look at it and see the imperfections or I can choose to look at it and see the message it represents to me: going out on a limb, putting your heart out there…in order to reach for something more. I’m choosing the latter.
My Energy, Your Energy: I saw this photograph and immediately associated it with energy: our own energy, the energy of others and the energy that is in everything around us. Although it looks like I might be developing a fascination with drawing hands, it is really not the case – smile. The drawing was used in the blog post of the same name: My energy, your energy…
The Playfulness of a Squirrel: We all have different animals that we associate with play. For me it is a squirrel. So, when I decided to do a post about Reconnecting to Play, I wanted to draw a squirrel. The berry in the squirrel’s mouth did not translate well to a black and white sketch (for me at least – smile) but I was not able to change the face (convincingly) without the berry. Still more to learn there but I love the texture and dimension I was able to capture in the tree.
Growth: I used this drawing for the blog post Window to My Soul. Since it was a departure from the usual post (it was a piece of Riffing poetry), I decided to use this picture because to me it symbolizes growth. I am growing as a writer, artist…and someone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone. Since I do not know who the poetry will be received (and am okay with that too – smile), the quote I used for my drawing was “With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.”
Gator: This drawing means a lot to me. Our beloved cat Gator is twelve years old and his kidneys are failing. I wrote a post called Healing energy: what do you believe? and knew I wanted to use a drawing of Gator. This is one of my favorite photographs, but I was not sure if I would be able to draw it. I am proud of myself for taking up the challenge and am pleased with the result. When I look at the finished sketch, I see Gator, which makes me smile.
Please come back again. My goal is to add at least one new drawing every two weeks.