My Inner Critic is a Pain in the Neck

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She gets my attention by pinching my neck.
“See, you are hurting yourself, and for what, no one cares. Why draw and paint faces or dogs and cats with funny ears and imperfect eyes? Why write these words and post to a blog that no one sees? Why do you do it? ”
I look at my funny cat drawing, and I tell her.
“Because it makes me happy.”

Copyright 2018 Susan Stone

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A Busy Heart

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I send this smile to your busy heart

 

Ink and Procreate drawing–Susan Stone copyright 2018

Starting Again

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I look to the shelf at my sketchbooks of face drawings and pen and ink drawings of rescue dogs and cats. Simple, imperfect sketches that are perfect in many ways. Because in January, I started drawing, and starting is everything. If you don’t start, you don’t get better. And if you don’t start because you think you can’t draw, well, you can’t because you never started. So I am patting myself on the back for starting, and I’m patting myself on the back for continuing daily drawing for the months that I kept going. And today, I’m kicking my butt to start again because I know that my imperfect drawings will get better–one drawing at a time.

Copyright Susan Stone 2018

Baby Grows Up

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A baby boy dressed in tiny
blue jeans and a tee that reads
‘I love Momma’,
takes a wobbly first step

and falls.

A man in a stiff white shirt and
pinching shoes
steps up to the
door of suits and paychecks
and turns the knob.

It’s locked.

But Momma knows
if her baby falls
he gets back up
and he will fall

and he will get back up
and he will
learn to run.

Copyright Susan Stone 2018