Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A note a day continues

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A few days, or was it weeks ago, it’s so hard to keep track these days, I posted about mailing a letter to someone each day of this crisis. It was something to keep me busy and I hoped it would spread a few smiles around at the same time.

Well…it morphed into doing these little postcard-sized water colors and writing a note on the back of them. And that turned into such a fun thing that I look forward almost every day to sitting with my paints and snippets of paper. You never know what will emerge.

These have all been mailed to their new forever homes.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, these are not original images. I googled ‘simple water colors’ and found most of them. Then I use the images as inspiration. I have to say that what I end up with isn’t entirely like what I see on my laptop.

But I like them anyway!

They are all like my children, and each morning I pick one and mail it off to someone, hoping it will find a good home. Some are harder than others to let go, but the idea that I can go find more to paint is motivation to send them on their way.

This is the latest batch. I am stretching more, doing a lot of different things.

I think I’m getting more smiles out of this project than the people who receive them. After all, I get to see them all assembled together and I think they have more impact that way.

So I’m sharing them with you, because I can’t mail one to each of you, and this way you’ll get to see them all anyway!

I hope they made you smile!

Gotta watch out for those cats, they’re everywhere!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

41 thoughts on “A note a day continues

  1. They are lovely! Do a Sheltie one! 🙂

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  2. They’re great! It doesn’t matter where the inspiration came from, you painted them, so they are your originals 🙂 And I am sure they are appreciated in their new homes.

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  3. Dawn these are all beautiful!! You are so talented. They will perk up whoever is the lucky receiver 🙂

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    • I hope so, that’s what they’re meant to do. Lately I’ve been trying to do something that is specific to the person I mail them to. That takes more time, but has been fun. For instance the black cat is going, tomorrow, to a college friend of mine who has black cats. This one reminds me of one of hers who has crossed the rainbow bridge, so I hope she sees that too.

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  4. These are fabulous! Way to be awesome! And they all brought a smile to my face and I’m sure they are bringing smiles to your loved ones.
    Bravo!

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  5. The cat card…! These are all wonderful, Dawn.

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  6. Thanks for the mail. I’ll take them all especially the cat 🐱. Doing art is now trending to calm minds.

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    • I think it’s a good trend. Hopefully we can continue once things return to the old ways. If they ever truly do go back to the way they were. Might be better for all of us if we don’t go back to exactly the way things were…

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  7. Dawn, you are sooo talented — I always wished I could draw, but I do good to do stick-people! This is a real win-win project, making you as happy as the receivers of these cards. Great idea! Who knows? Maybe after this crisis is past, you’ll want to continue doing your painted cards, perhaps to strangers in a hospital or nursing home … or maybe to schoolkids?!!

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    • My mom used to teach art to my girl scout troop, and to other groups as well over many years. People used to say things like “I can’t draw a straight line.” to which she’d reply, “There aren’t any straight lines in nature.” I always think of that when I hear someone say they can’t draw. I can’t draw very well myself…but I’ve learned to see things in terms of shapes we can all draw, circles, triangles, rectangles and such. And you know, stick people can be very cute in water color. Hmmm….maybe I’ll try some of those too!

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      • You know, it’s probably like a lot of otheer creative ventures: you get better by practicing. And rather than say I can’t draw, I probably ought to admit that drawing doesn’t satisfy me the way writing and music do. Just a difference in people! Your mom was very wise.

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  8. These are all beautiful. What an inspiration to try this!

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  9. Cute cards! That Cat one made me smile! I am sending out cards in batches…about one a day but only mail once a week:) I think it makes people feel better:)

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    • I think so too, at least that’s the purpose of them. Plus they make ME feel pretty good too! Love your cards, and the idea of them, which is the underlying idea for mine! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  10. Good choices for images! I particularly like the ones where part is not visible: The blue flower, the cat, the butterfly. I think it gives them more depth.

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    • I like those too. I sent the butterfly and the dinosaur to two young kids in NYC, the grandchildren of our best man at our wedding. I hope they like them! Can’t imagine being cooped up in a small city apartment when you’re 5 and 7!

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  11. I think they are marvelous. Lucky recipients!

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  12. What an awesome idea and the watercolors are great too. Dinosaur wins my vote!

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  13. These are delightful and they made me smile!

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  14. What a lovely SMILE!! Made me smile and what a great idea! I agree with you, they are really fun to see altogether so thank you for sharing them all with us!! 🥰🤗❤️

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  15. They are wonderful and definitely made me smile, but all that really matters is if they make you smile.

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  16. I love them. Every single one but I think you’re right about seeing them all together. It’s a beautiful collection of your talent. 🙂

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  17. You are talented. Your cards are pretty and I just know that they’re being loved in their forever homes. Carry on, my dear.

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    • Thank you, so far I have mailed nineteen of them. I hope I can keep going until the stay at home orders are lifted. We’ll see. I need to get going, I am mailing my last one tomorrow. Time to get painting again!

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  18. Such a cute idea. Love the artwork.

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