Tools of the Trade

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Tools of the Trade

Trips to the art store for me are like trips to the Costco for other people: “I’m just going in to grab some milk.”  Next thing I know, I’m $50 broker than that I was when I went in, but unlike Costco shoppers, I don’t have any buyer’s remorse!  Today was the day that I decided to get more organized and grabbed this lovely craft organizer from Canadian Tire.  It won’t be long before it gets filled up!

Inspiration

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Senator

‘Senator’ was the first commission that I ever did.  It was an interesting outcome to posting some really quick sketches on my Facebook page.  A colleague of mine saw the quick sketches and asked if I’d be willing to draw his late golden retriever, Senator.

“No way,” I said. “I’m just a beginner, and I don’t think I’ll be able to do a very good job of it.”

With some encouragement, I finally agreed to give it a go.  The worst that could happen was that the portrait didn’t turn out, and I’d have to admit defeat (except that really, the worst that could happen was that I totally messed up the drawing and insulted the memory of someone’s beloved pet and that person would never talk to me again because I was such a failure).  As usual, my worst enemy was my own fear of failure, but with some encouragement from my husband, I got started.  It only took about 50 tries before I reached the final product, and you know, it wasn’t half bad!