Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How To Be Beautiful

How To Be Beautiful...you might think it's an odd title for a blog post but this 'thought' has had me thinking a lot lately. Some questions rolling through my mind while working away in the studio this week have been - What does it mean to be beautiful? - Do I care more about my appearance or my heart? Or both?! - What are some of the characteristics of being 'beautiful'? Do others consider me beautiful?

Beautiful - Having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind: wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.

As I sit in the corner of a local coffee shop, I ask the questions above through the eyes of those around me. Sitting against the teal wall across from me is a young girl studying. How often does she ask in the quietness of her own space - am I beautiful? Wearing a tattered, plaid shirt by the front door is a man reading the newspaper. He lifts his head and looks at me. Is he asking - am I beautiful? Then there's the old man standing on the other side of the large window pane of the shop with a cardboard sign in his hand, watching others pass by without even noticing him. He hangs his head and asks himself - What about me? Am I not beautiful?

To me, being beautiful is about who we are on the inside. Forget the notion of whether you have the perfect nose, legs, hair, etc. Having a kind, compassionate and giving heart is how to be beautiful! When we focus on those very characteristics within, we begin to SHINE inside-out and THAT is where we fully become BEAUTIFUL!

With all my heart, I desire to be beautiful inside so everything I say/do, whether it's my illustration work or my music, positively impacts those around me. Such as...the young girl studying, the man reading the newspaper....even the elderly man struggling with homelessness outside of the coffee shop.

What does it mean to YOU to be beautiful? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Boston Flower Bed)

This week's Scribble Picnic's theme was flower bed. My idea this week derived from a photographer who I follow in Instagram who captures his home town, Boston. As you can see, once again, I wasn't able to finish painting it in but at least you can get a feel for what I was "dreaming up" on paper. Once it's completed, I'll post again for everyone to see.

Until then, happy picnicking!...I'm grabbing my picnic blanket and am off to take a nap. Hee
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