Thursday, 21 February 2008

EDM challenge #53 - Draw a mouth

Graphite in A5 sketchbook - © Serena Lewis
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This challenge was to draw a mouth and, if inclined, journal about speaking out or holding one's tongue.

I believe both can be equally important as I think we do need to speak out when we see a wrong being done or if we need to share our opinion on an important issue. However, while not always easy to do, it would be to our own benefit to hold our tongue when we are feeling angry or moody. For every action, there is a reaction so, keeping this in mind, it is always wiser to keep our cool in potentially angry situations because nothing can be gained when words of anger are thrown into the mix.

I recently read
this post on Kate's blog about smiling and I believe it to be so true. Kate has also included a meditation in which you use your smile as a healing energy for your body.

I'm sure we have all heard the old saying - Laughter is the best medicine. It has been proven that a smile or a laugh does bring positive changes within our bodies.

I'm also reminded of the Nat King Cole song -

"Smile"

Smile, though your heart is aching

Smile, even though it's breaking

When there are clouds in the sky

You'll get by...


If you smile

With your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You'll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just...


Light up your face with gladness

Hide every trace of sadness

Although a tear may be ever so near

That's the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what's the use of crying

You'll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just...


Smile, though your heart is aching

Smile, even though it's breaking

When there are clouds in the sky

You'll get by...


If you smile

Through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You'll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile...


That's the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what's the use of crying

You'll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile
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I truly believe that so much can be gained from viewing our daily lives with a positive attitude and a smile. The choice is your's. Why not make someone's day today and give them a smile ~ :)

24 comments:

  1. You made me smile with this post Serena. What lovely drawings to illustrate the sentiments! *grin* Thanks!

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  2. Your drawing skills are amazing Serena! I like smiling too and have the cheek wrinkles to vouch for it...but they're worth it!

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  3. :) Beautiful drawings - as always!

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  4. I have Nat King Cole's cd & this is one of my favourites on it :)

    Thanks Serena for this uplifting post :) I enjoyed it & love your sketch! Agree that a positive attitude is good for your health!

    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Maria

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  5. These are all excellent! I find mouths, especially with teeth, to be challenging but you really nailed the subject here!
    Great words & lyrics also.

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  6. Great post on Kate's blog Serena - thanks for sharing it. And a beautiful collection of mouths. You have such a nice touch with a pencil. I especially love that top one - the values are balanced perfectly

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  7. These mouths are so perfect! Just wonderful!

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  8. These smiles (and Teeth !) are fabulous and spot on - I have such trouble with mouths and your make it look easy!

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  9. Serena,
    Your drawing of teeth is extraordinary! I can't even really see how you managed to make them look so beautiful - and not scary. The mouths and lips are also fabulous.
    Shirley
    http://www.paperandthreads.com

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  10. wow, you did a wonderful job! i like the journalling bit as well.

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  11. those are wonderful drawings! so lifelike :)

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  12. How timely I should read this Serena. One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of James, which I read for about the 5th time...it is so short, but says so much about control of speech. So much wisdom here. And your drawings are top notch! Very nice.

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  13. I truly appreciate you all taking the time to leave such wonderful comments. Thanks so much ~

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  14. Beautiful work on those mouths. And Teeth! Wow! Thanks for sharing the meditation as well.

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  15. Serena...this was really beautiful...from your gorgeous work, to the gorgeous words! Nice post!

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  16. Terrific drawings and what a great post! Thank you :)

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  17. Brilliant drawing Serena...What could be left to say. Ro

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  18. Wow Mum these drawings are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! Are they anyones mouths in particular? You are so talented. Luv Shell xxx

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  19. Hi Shell! Thanks for dropping by my blog, darling girl.

    A couple are taken from magazines and one is a member of our family...can you tell which one? ;)

    I'm so looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

    Luv,
    Mum
    xox

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  20. What wonderful smiles. You do a great job with these!

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