Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Still painting smiles


I started painting little postcards when this pandemic began, thinking I’d paint one a day and mail it out while we were all social distancing at home. Silly me, I figured I’d be painting for a couple months.

It seems like so long ago that I did these.

Well, we all know how that turned out.

I sent out 100 of them over the summer, figuring I was mailing smiles. But then I sort of petered out. Not only did I run out of people to mail them to, I sort of ran out of ideas too.

I started experimenting more.

Oh there was the occasional sympathy card. A birthday here and there. But I haven’t done generic cards that just magically appeared in unsuspecting people’s mailboxes in a long time.

I loved all of these, though I didn’t hear back from the person I sent the Maine lighthouse to.

And now I realize that I didn’t share with you the last few batches that went out, so that’s what this post is about…showing you what got mailed up until…well…today.

More experimenting.

I had to go dig through my file to see how many that is. The last time I posted about this was July 28. Looks like I’ve painted quite a few since then.

More favorites.

So many of these were fun to do. Quite a lot of them were really challenging.

I especially like doing birds.

I’ve learned a lot, working on this project. The most important thing I’ve learned is to try, even when it seems like an idea is beyond my talent.

This was a thank you card.

Sure, during almost every painting I reached a point where I was sure I had ruined it. And every painting has something I wished I could change. But they all make me smile.

A sympathy and a birthday card.

In fact I get attached to each one, making it hard to mail them off. But I try to keep in mind that they’re going to their new homes where I hope they will make someone smile, and that’s the whole point.

Reminiscing about a fun paddle friends and I took earlier this summer.

During these months, and maybe years, of the pandemic it’s becoming more and more important that we take the time to make someone smile.

Happy birthday to a friend.

I don’t know if I can keep painting little cards, I’m starting to think I want to try something larger, though that also feels a bit intimidating.

Mailed today to my Congreswoman who adopted a rescue beagle this summer.

I mean, even if I paint something successfully…what in the world would I do with it? It’s not like I can just randomly mail 8x10s to unsuspecting recipients.

Can I?

Birthday cards are fun to do.

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.

45 thoughts on “Still painting smiles

  1. These are fantastic! Try the something larger… you don’t have to show it off, the joy will be in the trying.


  2. You have such an artistic flair! Wonderful designs, wonderful execution. I treasure the card you painted for me, the sprouting acorn. It is on a board by my desk, and I look at your painting often. Many thanks!


  3. Oh my you are so talented…. your photography, your writing, and now your painting! Hats off to you girl!


  4. Yes, you can! Dawn–your talent is wonderful. You know I kept your last email in my Inbox (not as creepy as it sounds) to make me get out my watercolors and do something! Did I? No. Have you given me a boot to get them out and paint? Yes, you have. You are way more talented than I–look at the puppy’s eyes!! Your Congresswoman is gonna love that card. Tomorrow I start. Thanks for the boot!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I was just admiring mine yesterday, and noticing how it makes me smile!
    I tried to post a photo here for all your other friends, so they’d be jealous of me, but I was unsuccessful.


  6. Dawn these are just so beautiful. Each one with its own magical beauty. You are so very talented! I love that lighthouse, and of course all the birds. The person in the kayak(canoe?) wonderful too. They are favorites. Don’t stop… keep going!


  7. You absolutely can! Another idea— if you have any cute little art consignment shops close by you could pop a few in to sell! I know they would be snatched up. Since I was the lucky recipient of two I feel doubly blessed!


  8. You are so talented, I love these! And I smiled about how you think you’ve ruined each one and there’s something you wish you could change. Sometimes even blogging is like that—you’re sure you’re not getting it right at times. But most make us smile—every time—just that we’ve given it our best to express what our heart wants to say.


    • Yes, often while blogging I think “this isn’t what I meant to write about’ but usually if I let it just go it turns into something on it’s own. There are a few posts that really didn’t turn out to be anything, but most of them kind of write themselves.


  9. They look great! I’m sure they are all well appreciated. Is there a local craft store where you can sell larger paintings? Or even do packs of cards and sell them once we are back to normal? Anyway, as it is now, sending them off to people is a huge smile 🙂


  10. Of course you can — why do they make 8×10 and 9×12 envelopes, if not for mailing bigger things?? Dawn, you are so gifted — what beautiful paintings! I always wished I could draw, but the most I can manage is stick people. And no way could I capture the soulful look in that Beagle’s eyes! For sure, we don’t all get here alike, do we?


    • Well yes, there are bigger envelopes. I don’t know why I think bigger things should be framed or something. The little ones sort of just look cute, though some people have framed them, which I consider an honor. My mom used to teach girl scout classes in drawing when I was too young to even be a girl scout. Later, when I was in high school, she taught ceramic stuff and got several women to explor working on plain items and doing their own art work on the ceramic pieces. That was always cool, when someone figured out they could do something they hadn’t ever considered before. She also said, when people said “I can’t draw a straight line,” that straight lines were highly overrated. I think you’d be surprised at what you could do. On the other hand, I can’t write a novel, and you’re good at that…and that’s what makes the world wonderful!


  11. Dawn, your cards are beautiful, and if you feel the urge to paint larger, do it without worrying “what to do” with the results. You will be making yourself smile, and you deserve that, too. And then you will show us, and we will all smile. You can’t lose! xxxooo


  12. Oh, I don’t know… you can mail whatever you want to mail. Your artwork is lovely. You’re so talented and your colors are fresh. Thanks for sharing your work here.


  13. Wow. Those are so cool. 🙂


  14. I think they’re wonderful.


  15. They all made me smile especially that fat bluebird! You are so talented and people that get your cards are so lucky!!


    • The people that get your cards and other projects are very lucky too! 🙂 Sure helps to have things to work on during the long winter months. I used to live in the UP and usually crocheted big blankets during the winter. Kept me from eating, and when I lived in an upstairs flat with no isulation, having a big blanket on my lap while I was working on it kept me warm.


  16. I love these cards. You are very creative Dawn.


  17. Love all the postcards. You inspired me to do some note cards and I have maybe done around 100 at the most but I have not counted. I only mailed about 4 to on person who needed some cheering up the rest I still have. To draw something I have to have something to look at and I found a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and google. I have not drawn any in a month or so I guess I need to get back to it.


  18. Dawn, Your cards are lovely. Perhaps you can set up a separate web site or blog page to showcase them. How about set up an etsy shop if you want to sell them? If I was as talented with painting as you are, I’d donate my cards to the hospital for sick children or similar places to hopefully make someone smile.


    • If I do bigger pieces I might set up a website or FB page for the art. Maybe even if I stay small. It would be a spot for me to ‘store’ the things I do especially since I mail them all away.


  19. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap for October 26 – November 1 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  20. These are so beautiful Dawn. I am particularly taken by the ones with the fox in them. He has such character!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.