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Updated on June 14, 2015

Ready or NOT, here I go...*GULP*

I'm not a brave soul by any means, I'm hesitant and insecure when it comes to sticking my neck out (a fact that generally annoys me about myself) especially when it comes to my art. It took me months of nail biting indecision to actually post prints and cards (made with my sketches) for sale in my Etsy shop.

This lens serves as step toward a specific goal: working up the nerve to take my artwork to a local gallery. Now maybe you think this is the silliest thing you've ever heard - and you could be right - but I'm doing it anyway, and quick before I change my mind (so there :o)

The only thing I wanted to do when I grew up was work for Disney Studios as an animator.

(Your basic pipe dream...)

All good things must come to an end

My that sounds dramatic, doesn't it?

All the way through elementary and middle school I studied art, taking extra art classes on the weekends. I even majored in it in high school. When the time came to choose a major for college, however, art was taken off the table. Why? Because it was not a "real" job or a responsible choice (starving artists and all that). It's a nice little hobby, but it would never, ever amount to anything.

My arguments fell on deaf ears, and the reluctant decision to take some practical business classes was made. Resigned, I put my sketchpad and pencils away with the rest of my "childhood things" and focused on the more important issues. This was shortly after graduating high school; I didn't pull them out again until just a couple of years ago.

This pencil sketch was the last thing I drew after high school; it was done for my grandmother who loved owls.

Bet you're waiting to hear what changed...

In a nutshell? Everything.

A diagnosis of breast cancer during a routine mammogram (my very first one at age 40, to be exact) turned my life upside down and had me reevaluating the things that were truly important to me.

Somewhere in there it occurred to me that I had been terribly foolish in locking away something that had been so very dear to me, so I went to the store and bought myself a brand new sketchpad. That brand new sketchpad sat untouched on a table for weeks while I wrestled with a sudden sense of paranoid insecurity. What if I couldn't do it anymore? It had been nearly 20 years since I'd attempted to actually sketch anything; what if it was gone? If God gave you a gift and you didn't use it, wouldn't He consider that to be a waste? What if He took it away because I didn't make use of it?

On and on it went, circling around in my head until I was ready to scream. Unable to bear what had rapidly become a giant albatross around my neck (no offense there, Albert :o) I finally gritted my teeth, picked up that new sketchpad and unearthed a pencil to find out...

PLEASE NOTE

This is very much a "naked in public" experience for me; I'm not even sure I'll have the nerve to publish this lens when I'm finished with the darn thing...

P.S.

My favorite medium has always been a plain old #2 pencil (don't ask me why). I hope you like pencil sketches.

P.P.S.

Animals are my favorite subject, but I'm working on expanding that. I've been experimenting with flowers, watercolors and some other things lately.

P.P.P.S.

If you have something else you'd rather be doing, now would be a good time.

Okay, I know I'm stalling. Does it show???

I'll stop now (sorry).

Pencil Sketches

[My first love]

"Zed the Tree Frog" - Pencil Sketch

We have lots of frogs in our garden. I entertained myself by naming them; Ced, Ed, Fred, Jed, etc. all the way to an itty bitty green Zed (who I named this sketch after).

Prickly Pete

"Camel Aught" - Pencil Sketch

Naming my sketches often provides me with some free entertainment (I am an acronym junkie and lover of terrible puns :o) Webster's definition of aught, means "of a sort" - which makes this sketch sort of a camel. That coupled with the reference to the whole King Arthur deal made it the perfect choice for his name. This was done for a friend who needed a pick me up; she loves both camels AND my bad puns. What more could you possibly ask for in a pal? :o)

"Albert the Albatross" - Infinitely more adorable than the one that hangs around my neck...

"PicaPica"

"Sydney K. Walla" - Pencil Sketch

"Dillmont P. Dawg"

"Mama N Me" - Pencil Sketch

This is one of my favorite sketches. I did have to employ a bit of artistic license: Mama's tongue was wrapped underneath baby's chin and the tip of it stuck up baby's nose in the actual photograph (BLECH! :o) Would you believe I actually had a customer get this tattooed on her arm? I guess she really liked it.

Pen and Ink

[expanding the envelope]

"The Waters Edge" - Pen and Ink

This was done for another friend whose spirits needed a bit of a lift. She's a wonderful amateur photographer and had given me this photo to use in my shop if I wanted to.

"Eat Your Veggies" - Pen and Ink

Definitely a face only a mother could love...which is why I just HAD to draw him. The green leafy stuff he was chowing down on inspired the title :o)

"Wee Wanda Warbler" - Pen and Ink

These have to be the smallest birds I've ever seen (business card size, isn't that amazing?) Since she is listed in my Etsy shop on the World Wide Web, it seemed only fair to use those initials when giving her a name...

Charcoal

[Feeling adventurous]

"OOPS: Ophelia O. Possum Slipped" - Charcoal

"On the Line" - Charcoal

Mixed Media

[I'm getting braver]

"Sara N. Getti" - Pen and Ink

I'm working my way towards horses here (I've got to practice more though :o)

Watercolor

[Whoa - I got really brave]

"Breast Cancer Survivor Guide" - Watercolor

This one should be pretty much self explanatory (I was a two year BC survivor at the time of this writing).

"Considering the Cosmos"

"Shades of Autumn" - Watercolor

Pyrography

[Okay, now I'm just out of control]

"Native Dancer"

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Holey Moley I published it! Please take a moment to say Hi :o) - [If I don't answer, it's because I passed out from the trauma...]

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      Grey Horse Matters 2 years ago

      I don't know why you were so insecure about publishing your artwork. It's absolutely fantastic. You are very talented. Keep at it.

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      I'm so glad you decided to publish! Dilmont P. Dawg FTW! *claps* I love him so. Your sketches are heart warming.

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      HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

      These are amazing. I love Mama N Me. I am so glad you published them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My daughter is an artist/illustrator, married to an artist/illustrator. DD works a regular job for the benefits and regular paycheck, and does her art work 'on the side'. SIL works at his art full-time at home. They are probably in the 'starving artists' category, but the 'need to draw' is so compelling for both of them they have no other choice. :-) So pleased you decided to 'come back' to your art!

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      Excellent drawings, 2 thumbs up!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Lovely creations!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Welcome to being published fellow artist! I wanted to be an artist too when I grew up, but math is what was praised when I was a kid. I went so far as to taking some accounting classes! Anyway, long story short, when our daughter came in to our lives, I knew I wasn't going back to the office world that I came from, and I eventually honored myself by becoming an artist. All the best to you and I love your work; it's wonderful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds a little like my experience, altho I haven't battled with cancer. You go girl! And keep going! It has always amazed and delighted me that even when I don't pick up a pencil or paintbrush for a while, the gift of artistic ability still bounds out when allowed to! I would encourage you to experiment with colored pencils (the artist kind tho not the cheap stuff) Press hard, blend, layer...it will surprise and delight you with the results! Keep on truckin'...er...drawin! Blessings

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      These are awesome drawings. Sure hope you've gotten over your fear by now and keep on creating and sharing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These are fabulous!

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      "On the line" is my favorite and I'm quite impressed with all the different techniques you're using. Keep creating - and especially: keep sharing!! :)

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      LakeMom 8 years ago

      Amazing drawings Jen! Never doubt yourself! You bring joy to all who view your art!

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      Holey Moley! I stand in awe of you and your incredible animal drawings! Thanks for being brave enough to publish this great lens!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Wow, Jen, great job! I do not know why you would be afraid to share such gorgeous work! Thank goodness you got the courage! Keep going!

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Jen, love your drawings! Beautiful, never be afraid to share, you have a real talent for sure!

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Jen, love your drawings! Beautiful, never be afraid to share, you have a real talent for sure!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Jen, I am amazed at your talent and am so glad that you decided to share it with us. Your art is very good and I hope you realize it and will continue your passion. You really have a special gift. You actually drew personalities with your animals or at least that is what I see. They go much deeper than the pencil marks on the paper and that is what makes your talent so unique in my mind. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope to see more and more.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Jen, I absolutely adore your artwork -- and your avatar. Do keep this page going. It's great! So glad you found your passion again and happy that you're a survivor. Kudos!