New Tricks

I made another new drawing for you today! I’m having much fun painting my letters with whimsical watercolor and bringing to life some ideas I’ve been thinking about lately. Here’s my new drawing:

“New Tricks,” 8 x 10 inches, pen and watercolor, prints available here in my shop

The idea that inspired this drawing was about letting things be new. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in how things have been, that we won’t allow ourselves or the situation to be new {or different from last time}.

I’m a prime offender in this arena. I often predetermine how things will turn out based on memories of similar situations. This is often a chicken and egg story: you imagine something will turn out a certain way, and then it does turn out that way, and then you use that experience as another example of how “things always turn out that way!” But what if the real reason they turned out “that way” again is more because you acted based on your first thought instead of letting the situation be new?

You probably already made the connection from what I’m writing back to my drawing, but to make it even more obvious: an old dog can learn new tricks, if you’ll just let him! With this drawing I say: give your old dog a chance and teach him a new way to operate. Even better, let him be a new dog. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself! Every moment is a new opportunity—a new chance to be whoever you want to be.

Of course, this lesson is one I really need to learn and remember right now as I continue on my art journey, making it whatever I want it to be.

What’s a situation in your life that could benefit from being seen as new?


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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