11 Jul 2019

Drawings with the answer to 2 Questions

The tile, is the more succinct way I can think of describing this post.
Jackie K, is the artist that created these drawings.  She set out to ask 30 people two questions and based on the answers, draw something, then photograph the piece held by the person that inspired it.  The questions were:  1. What are your passions?  2. What are you most grateful for?  The variation in response, has provided an eclectic combination of different illustrations. Underneath each picture there is a little bit more about the person that influenced the choice of drawing.  We only included 15 of the original 30 drawings.

This hand is just starting her career and figuring it out still. I believe no matter what age, there will always be more stairs to climb, more doors to open, and more information to gain. She's grateful for her priceless support system and the opportunity to go to school, get an education and find what gets her genuinely excited to make an intentional contribution to the world. With education and support, we can grow in our understanding of and patience for views that differ from our own and learn that it's perfectly fine to not always see eye to eye on things.
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This hand is the reason I wake up every morning, excited to work towards progressing my skill set and becoming a better version of myself than yesterday. Because of the environment, he has cultivated, I am now completely assured of the types of people I want to surround myself with—humane, synergetic, ambitious souls. Like the spirit of a deer, his character is nothing short of kindness. Like the spirit of an eagle, his character manifests the belief in a power greater than himself. Like the spirit of a bear, his character brings healing to those around him.
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This hand belongs to a little girl living in a big world. There’s a whole lot of insecurities living in her mind but one thing for sure is her passion for the power of art and design to shape communities and build genuine relationships. Creating is an outlet for her to fill a void that’s been neglected since childhood; a wholesome distraction that supplies a purpose for living. This modest craft had kept her breathing during the loneliest times, so she feels replenished when she witnesses her work touch even just one person in return. At this point in her life, she’s grateful she can finally look straight down at where her feet are planted, and see the greenness of the grass glistening from below.
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This hand is an incredibly gifted writer and passionate surfer. One of a kind. I've never met anyone like her and I am moved by her devotion to her crafts—serving as a constant reminder to never lose sight of my hobbies in the midst of work life. She's most grateful for having her independence, riding the waves of nature's beauty, and caring for her precious cat.
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This hand brings positivity and humour into my life. I love listening to her talk about her passions for reading and swimming. She feels complete and free of any distractions during the times she's fully submerged underwater. The focus is brought back to the pure action of traversing through water; the sound of her own heartbeat couldn't be more translucent. I believe finding an activity where you're able to devote 100% of your attention and energy to is so important in this day and age. Be present.
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This hand has been by my side through the happiest and darkest of times. For as long as I could remember, I've had an identity crisis and never felt comfortable in my own skin. I try so hard to fit in that I lose parts of my integrity piece by piece. With her, I never have to try. She's slow to judge and quick to love—which explains her passion for helping children with special needs. She has helped me dance through the wilderness and recognize that I don't have to belong anywhere... so that I can belong everywhere. The dim, dirt path ahead of us seems less eerie when we strip back the facades and enjoy the journey with another.
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This hand introduced me to this world. Despite our fragile relation, I can always count on her words of wisdom. For her, time is too precious. With every year, she cherishes family, health, and happiness more and more. She's grateful for the freedom of life to seek knowledge, which creates passages for prosperity. From observation, we can't always be rich but we can choose to be wealthy in areas of our lives within our control.
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This hand is a dreamer who walks the walk. She has fearlessly followed her passions for "bringing visions and ideas into reality" and carved her own space in the physical world. Her gratitude for her parents' bravery in introducing this golden land of opportunity to their children is overflowing. Because of them, she does not allow boundaries to confine her imagination or diminish her outlook. Shoot for the galaxies. Even if you miss, you’ll create your own stars.
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This hand is a lifelong learner whose curiosity only expands with more knowledge. The more you know, the less you know. He's passionate about "studying His word and growing in the understanding of His amazing grace towards mankind." To me personally, this suggests pure forgiveness—an act made possible by building bridges of reconciliation. I've always walked away or buried unresolved resentment in the past, but am gradually learning from those around me that the spite will never leave unless I approach it head on with empathy and altruism. "It would seem that a life well lived is a life of thinking about others more than thinking about myself."
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This hand is fearless, confident and persistent in whatever he sets out to do. His passion for studying consciousness and perception invites a lot of personal reflection for purpose and meaning. He has sculpted his mind into a bullsh*t filtration system that only processes positive energy. When we free ourselves of judgment imposed by other people, we stop validating our self-worth through third parties and start building our own sense of self by our own measures.
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This hand is the essence of innovation. She never ceases to amaze me with her innate entrepreneurial spirit. The sky is never the limit; her ideas are constantly skyrocketing and her grit strengthens after every obstacle. Her exuberance in pursuing a passion that will kindle a sense of purpose while generating greater impact on the world reminds me of "The Confidence Molecule”—serotonin. "We are all just a huge cluster of molecules, floating around an expanding universe. So I guess we're pretty insignificant in comparison to the rest of the universe." But when we challenge ourselves on a regular basis, we grow in our confidence and happiness after every accomplishment, big or small.
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This hand is the life of every party. His genuine affection for quality time with friends and family is contagious and a joy to witness. I'm always inspired to get out and make a new connection. He's grateful to be able to "live in a world without having to constantly worry about living." And is passionate about experiencing life with loved ones. "Snowboard down new mountains, swim in different oceans, raft down a new river, learn about different cultures, play basketball in a new country, find what brings happiness to people."
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This hand reminds me how privileged I am to have been born and raised in the States. She is a gifted filmmaker passionate about transforming the mediocrity of mundane life into extraordinary tales—revealing hidden layers of opportunity for open dialogue and deeper analysis of societal issues. Her choice to come to America in pursuit of film is fueled by her personal drive to break away from censorship on freedom of speech. As much as it can easily irritate me, I'm learning to appreciate how everyone carries such disparate opinions here... because imagine a world where we're all the same!?
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This hand takes me back to high school, eight years ago. It’s crazy to reflect on how much we have evolved. Our friendship reminds me that remarkable growth and development does not happen in a day. Life's a marathon, not a sprint. He's passionate about learning and growing to contribute to something bigger. And he's jogging through time with the ones he's most grateful for "family who became friends and friends who became family."
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This hand belongs to a strong and confident badass who simultaneously exudes compassion, happiness, and support like no other. Her sincerity in impacting and appreciating others permeates the surface level and has permanently written its own chapter in my book of life. Her passion lies in appreciating nature's beauty: riding her motorcycle down the highway, smelling the ocean and feeling the wind... "This is when I feel truly free."
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  1. Exquisite ways to describe people in your life. Beautifully done.

    1. We just had to post Jackie K's work, a lovely way of linking the muse to the art, by means of writing and drawing.


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