On my way to Chicago for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon my flight was delayed, and delayed and delayed…..literally.

We boarded the flight on time, but then after sitting for a bit not moving, they let us deplane if we wanted to. Then they boarded us again and we taxied to the runway only to sit there for two hours before returning back to the gate. Legally you can’t sit on the tarmac for forever anymore. After we deplaned we were hit with more delays before finally boarding our flight to Chicago. Once we got to Chicago – there was no gate for us – ha. So we sat on the runway again….Essentially I could have driven the 12 hour drive from my house to Chicago and arrived around the same time that I finally made it to see my sister.

Reunited with my LOvE. Best summa’ EVER ❤️ #sistersister #rnrchi

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While waiting I did a little doodle in my notebook to pass the time. I had a ton of work to do but REALLY wasn’t in the mood to do it.

My sister has beautiful artwork all over her apartment from friends of hers and her fiance. When she asked me to draw her a similar picture I was honored that she liked it so much so I obviously said yes :) They take forever and a day to draw because I’m using a fine tip pen but I love how this particular no-pattern pattern turns out, so it’s worth the time it takes.  

 

When I was stuck at airports for what felt like a bazillion hours on the way to Chicago a couple of weeks ago I did a little doodle in my @moleskine_world notebook to pass the time ❤️ my sister loved it and said she wanted me to draw her one….since she is my fav I just spent what felt like another bazillion hours drawing her a larger one ❤️ I love taking pictures when I’m drawing cause I’m a mega nerd and love seeing the white paper transform in to something else! 🤓 As a side note: my favorite pens for drawing fine lines are @stabilo and I may have taken a mid drawing break to go @michaelsstores to buy the bigger ones 🙈 because one can not own too many pens 🌈✍🏼 #rainydays #doodle #drawing #stabilo @commanderamanderr

 

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I scanned it/copied it because Chloe loved it too and wanted to color it. Sharing the PDF here in case you are bored at work – HELLO FRIDAY – and want to do a little coloring!

Dorothy Beal – Urchins Coloring

Dorothy Beal - Urchins Coloring

I find drawing {and coloring} to be extremely calming!

A quick google search will pull up a zillion articles on the health benefits of being creative – I liked this one in particular – Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity

“In our always-on, always-connected world of television, social media, and on-demand everything, it can be stupidly easy to spend your entire day consuming information and simply responding to all of the inputs that bombard your life.

Art offers an outlet and a release from all of that. Take a minute to ignore all of the incoming signals and create an outgoing one instead. Produce something. Express yourself in some way. As long as you contribute rather than consume, anything you do can be a work of art.”

I used to feel like I didn’t have time for drawing because I felt that there were a lot of other things I could be doing and SHOULD be doing for that matter, to use my time better. I don’t look at it that way anymore, drawing for me is part of staying healthy. It taps in to the creative side of me and makes me happy. While I’m certainly NOT the best, I’d argue that I’m NOT the best at anything. Not being the best doesn’t stop me any more. When you recognize that being the best doesn’t matter to you – you can love something, be terrible at it, and keep on doing it because you enjoy it and it brings happiness to your life. You also don’t have to be the best at something to be passionate about it. If only people who were GREAT at running – ran, the running world wouldn’t be the same and I’d argue it wouldn’t be as special either.

On day one of running, I sucked….on day two of running, I sucked….but day by day, year by year I improved and here I am 33 marathons later. So if you want to draw, draw. If you want to write, write. If you want to run, run. You may never be the best, but who cares?!

xoxo Dorothy

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