Sunday, January 1, 2012


Like many of us, the Christmas season really wears me down; namely in financial regards. To try and remedy this I've made it a point to come up with creative gift ideas that won't break my fragile checking account; something I enjoy to do like painting, and I began giving gifts like that to my daughter several years ago. I bought a few pre-painted statues of horses, stripped and re painted them, and after painting horses for her as gifts two years in a row I decided on a different creative gift: a drawing.

Knowing that my daughter is an animal lover to the core, I again focused on that. I've taken h
undreds of photos of her showing animals at a local 4-H competition over recent years. Last summer I took quite a few that turned out really nicely. I found one that just sung to me. This particular photo I liked so much because of the ambiguous expression on her face. I couldn't quite figure out what she might be thinking of. Without a doubt she was in full showmanship mode, but there was much more than thoughts of victory going on in there.

Drawing is a skill I've not nurtured more than twice in the last ten years, s
o I was nervous about how my sketch would turn out. But I brought it to finish, framed it and gave to her on Christmas Eve, and the look on her face... " It's Buddy ! ", she exclaimed. She was so Happy...

...and so was I... :)


  1. Absolutely terrific, Jason - not only in the idea, but also in the reaction you received for the work you put into this. It's a great composition and your rendering does bring out the curious reflection she was having in the moment.

    I do hope this new year is filled with all manner of success for you. Tear 2012 to pieces!

  2. I hope 2012 reveals that the human race is as good as I know we all can be, man. Thank you for your thoughts, and I hope the same for you.

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    1. Thank you, APS. I need to find some heavier, mixed media paper so I can do both pencil and a little wet work on it.