“My Favorite Auntie” + Betsy & Iya

Both: drawing for the children’s book, My Favorite Auntie, and the Betsy & Iya Garage Sale! Where I got a ton of jewelry making supplies–yay + f un!

Amazing artwork at the Betsy & Iya studio.
Amazing artwork at the Betsy & Iya studio.
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My Favorite? How ’bout World’s Favorite Auntie by Paige Lehmann

You know, when you laugh aloud while drawing something, then it’s a success. And I think all of my practice drawing is finally paying off! As in, I can finally start to draw. That, and learning that even if it’s not perfect, it’s great the way it is. I had to learn that because so much of my drawing wasn’t and isn’t perfect, and that’s what I love about it. I think I learned that from Kate Bingaman-Burt, as her drawings are just that–drawings. They’re not realistic re-creations, they’re whimsy, filtered through her hand. The imperfections are what make them perfect. Anyways, that’s how I justify continuing to draw and create, and how I let myself create.

It’s imperfect and that’s what makes it unique! Uniquely mine! Perfect in its own way. 🙂

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World’s Favorite Auntie 

Part of what lets me create is… well, this YouTube video with Steve Jobs and Alan Watts was REALLY inspiring, of late. Especially the part by Steve Jobs about connecting the dots. Looking back, we can see where they all connected. But looking to the future, we don’t know yet where or how they’ll connect, but we can trust that, based on history, they will. So follow your bliss, as they say. I’m finally giving myself permission to do that.

And that saying that… the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago… and the second best time is now.

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This is me with my nieces. Bleh! Blah! (That’s the sound you should make while sticking out your tongue.) 

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