Transformative Drawing


I’m not certain I can articulate this well… But there’s something about drawing one’s life which transforms that life. It’s as if by drawing something about your day, your world, your city or town, your home, your yard…you are viewing it through a different lens or filter. This idea came to me afresh as I’ve drawn and painted on these very gray days we’ve been having.

Gray days make me think of England, and when I think of England, I think of tea. My girls and I had a little tea party, something I love to do when I have the chance.


Gray days also make me think of walks on the moors. Where I get this I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s my reading of Bronte works that shapes this thought. But I look out our windows on these gray winter mornings and it’s enchanting…the dark, misty blue, with inky black trees.

I’m aware that sometimes my thoughts precede my drawings. And other times, the drawings precede the thoughts. But it all works together to transform an otherwise dull gray day to something evocative, romantic, enchanting, or just whimsical. Am I merely living in a fantasy world in my head and in my sketchbooks? I don’t think so. I think this is a necessary element to living fully, to drinking the juice from each and every day we’re given. To take the ordinary, the gray, the not-so-desirable and transform it in some way to extraordinary, vibrant, and delightful has got to be part of our lives.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it here again: My pens are the straws through which I drink the juice of life. Won’t you join me this year in drinking deeply of your life…gray days and all!

**Afterword:  Although this post was written and drawn a few days prior to my previous post, it occurs to me now that drawing has the ability to transform on many levels. It not only transforms your outlook, your view on life; it also can transform you, your thoughts, your questions, your frustrations. This is what my Drawing Your Life Mini Lessons are all about. As I work to get these in paper form, enjoy reading through them again. And I’d love to hear from you as you read them, how are they helpful, what do you glean from them? Thanks!


So much of life screams at us DO this!, DO that!, GO here!, GO there!, ACCOMPLISH this!, ACCOMPLISH that!  It helps me if I repeat over the screaming, “Just be!”

Somehow it doesn’t seem so production oriented…to “just be”.  Oh, to be sure, I can make “being” a whole lotta work!  But when I’m “being” in the way I should, present-minded, taking moments to just breathe, mentally record little beauties here and there, then I’m actually able to move through my busy days less harried, less frazzled, more purposeful.

It would be so cool if we could have a conversation…to share back and forth…what helps you to “just be”?  Send me your thoughts in the comment section and I’ll compile them to share with everybody!

Bienvenue à Tous!

Welcome All!  Genevieve is so glad you’ve popped in for a visit! You can read more about her in the category titled, Genevieve. But to give you a brief bio:  She’s an american who fancies herself to be french. She loves tea, flowers, birds, and trees. She wants to be present in all she does. To help her “just be!”, she loves to draw, paint, write, sing and play music, knit and crochet. At the end of it all, she just likes to sit and listen…the world is teaming with life, if she’ll only be still and listen for it!

**She is incredibly excited to share with you her 1st children’s book titled Genevieve and the Kite! Click here to read about the making of this sweet book.  To get a copy for yourself or a friend, CLICK HERE! This will give you links to three channels through which to purchase my book. 😉

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