Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tales Of A Sketch

Alright! You're all a creative many of you like to draw?

A couple of weeks ago I promised to share a few of my sketches with you…so, I finally got a battery for the camera and took some photos of them. This week you girls (poor little things) are lucky (yeah, like being invited over to the neighbor’s to watch family vacation videos)....yeah that kind of lucky ~
Teeheeehheee. Anyway, I’m posting my art work to my blog and revealing a wee bit about meself (yeah, I know you’re all dieing to know more about me). ROTFLOL. Like I haven't bored you enough with that. LOL

So shall we begin this tale from the start - Long ago, on a freezing snowy night two wee ones were born….. HEY! Stop running for the door! (Hawk blocks the path and holds her hand up with a wicked grin) I locked it and hid the key. You girls can't get, out so you might as well SIT DOWN!

Now ya’ really didn’t think I’d start there, did ya’? Well, maybe I was…but after hearing the rush to escape, I’ll get to the point. }:-/

I was working to become an illustrator for romance covers and then a severe car accident happened to end this career choice for me.

As it were, I had my hand dislocated from my wrist (in more layman terms…my hand was ripped from my arm). The doctor (whom I waited over two hours for in this quiet emergency room’s empty hospital) and then when I did get to see him, he’d made the cast too tight…My fingers were blue and swollen twice their size, not long after he’d put the cast on (I hadn’t even left the hospital) and I complained, he sent me home.

I suffered like you wouldn’t believe through the night with the pain and come dawn I was back at the hospital pleading with someone to open the cast…that same doctor shouted at me and told me I was just being a “Woman” to go home.

No longer able to contain me Irish blood at that point ...I threaten him....I told him I was an artist and if he didn’t loosen this God Dang (o.k., I was a wee bit more graphic in me language) cast and it caused me to lose a finger or fingers, I would sue his behind (alright I said ASS)…but it took me truck driver’s mouth to get him to react and do something for me.

Amazingly, he “suddenly” decided to grate me a bit of breathing room and cut a V into the cast, which relieved some of the pressure, but for me, it wasn’t done soon enough.

Once the cast was removed it was evident there was damage from the cast - not the accident (that I normally wouldn’t have had, had it been put on correctly).

My fingers didn’t work as well anymore so I couldn’t draw…these pictures are drawn on a one to one ratio, so... these are the last of my sketches of my art career, I hope you like them.

That wasn’t so bad, now was it? O.K., I’ve unlocked the door you can all go now!

Have an awesome day! I adore you all and you know it!

The signature (you see at the bottom of my work) is mine and it mean chala - student.

Oh before I forget - IT'S AWARD TIME! CECILE gave me this beautiful

Sugar Doll Award!

((((hugs)))) Sweetie and Thank you very much!
I am supposed to list 10 things about meself, then pass the award on to other bloggers!

1. I'm ambidextrous
2. I like swiss white chocolate coffee
3. I'm a tom boy who loves to work on old cars, yap, I get me hands greasy.
4. I'm also the up town girl - love to get dressed up and go dancing.
5. I hate cut flowers.
6. I dislike the word Can't.
7. I'm a twin
8. I like science and magic.
9. I love rides at the fair!
10.I'm Irish and love to tell a good story.

I am giving this award to:

So girls come get your awards!



Blodeuedd said...

That story made me sad, but I shall think about it in a positive way, writing is an excellent road to travel down.

Aww Hawk, thank you! Love my award, and I love the sketches that you showed us. My fav is that 2nd one :)

Patti said...

That artwork is amazing! Were you ambidexterous before your accident?

I have to tell you my jaw dropped as I read your story. My son had an silly accident in May 2009 and after a week, when they took off the temp cast - you guessed it - it had been too tight (he'd been complaining of pain and we just thought it was the injury). And, like you, he has nerve damage that he wouldn't have had had they done it right. I know this sounds weird, but thank you for sharing your story.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Oh must stay positive in happened for a reason, but I do miss drawing. It was my first love.

Ah, the second sketch I did for a girl friend...she'd seen a similar picture and wanted it but couldn't afford to buy. So as a surprise gift I drew this for her. Glad you liked it.

Do you draw?

Big hugs

M.V.Freeman said...

Awww! Thanks Hawk!!
I'll post it on my blog..(my next blog time is the 16th)

I LOVE YOUR ART! Oh...yes, the loss of being able to sketch would kill me. I started out in art school--but as you know the roads we travel are not necessarily the ones we end up on. My heart was filled with sorrow at the story of how you lost the ability to sketch. And these words do not express how much it did bother me to know how your drawing was taken away.

May the pictures of your soul, show up in the stories of your heart.

((Hugs)) to you my admirable friend...I salute your strength, humor, and courage.


Liza said...

Your artwork is amazing! I hope you still sued that stupid doctor's ass. I can't draw a straight line using a ruler, so I'm in awe of anyone who can draw. Sorry you can no longer draw. You were however given another gift with you gift of storytelling.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Oh sweetie, I'm sorry to hear this happened to your son as well...
The breaking of the wrist and dislocation was nothing in pain compared to the pain of the tight cast...the pain is unbelievable...I hope he wasn't too young when this happened to him...a child should never feel that kind of pain.

How is he doing now with his hand?
I found I can't eat acid foods (tomato, pineapple...) without causing pain to return to my hands now...BUT, I found if I took Alfalfa (in pill form from the health food stores) my hands feel normal again.

Yes, I've always been ambidexterous...but there are somethings you do better with the right and other things you do better with the left...I write badly with my right (altho' I'm right handed)and I write very good with me left. But I can only draw with my right hand and I can only pour boiling water with me left hand. I brush my teeth with me right and tie me shoes the lefty way.

Odd, I know.

Oh thank you for the sweet comment on my work...I'm glad you enjoyed looking at them.

Hugs Big time

Houston A.W. Knight said...


(((((HUGS)))))) you're such a wonderful person...thank you for the sentiments. xoxoxox

I really didn't mean to make everyone sad...and I'm so glad I didn't tell the whole story...I lost a dear friend and mentor in that accident.

I've accepted me fate and have moved you say showing my sketches through storytelling. I'm just hoping one day you'll all get a chance to read them...but again, getting published is all luck...being at the right place, meeting the right person for your work and being able to hang in long enough.

Ah, the life of a writer!

Glad you like the sketches...seems we have another thing in common!
So, when do we get to see your art work?

Hugs and love

Blodeuedd said...

Oh no, I could not draw to save my life. I am terribly bad at it. I wish I was good cos it's fun to draw. Then I could get those images from my head, images from stories I am writing ;)

Everything does happen for a reason, I am glad you stayed positive.

M.V.Freeman said...

((hugs)) Hawk,

I fear sadness goes hand in hand with life, and it makes me respect the choices people make, as well as the choices I make. Don't regret the sadness, because it shows the hope as you write. I am appreciative of your sharing.

Now, as for my art work...LOL if I can ever get it scanned in (and that involves figuring out technology) I'll show it. For me, I wanted to be comic book artist.

So, one of these days...when I get it together...which as you know can be an iffy thing..I'll show it.

So here i smy wish today: May your writing take wing to day...


Houston A.W. Knight said...


LOL my dear sweet, I didn't sue...I find the laws aren't made for justice - so why go through all that hell they put the "good" guy through just to make money for everyone but me...and the money wouldn't bring back my ability.

No, I saw it as a way for the Gods to tell me to move on with me fate...and so be it.

But, I do tell everyone I meet not to go to that hospital or doctor.

That hospital has killed 3 people I know (that shouldn't have died) and I've heard from others they tell the same horror stories about that hospital. It's stupid stuff like giving people the wrong meds, too many mixing of meds, and just not treating people who need the help.

This hospital told me this "Doctor" was a heart specialist and I come to find out he was a GP.

I had a girlfriend who was having a heartattack and they told her to go home....she died.

They released my father-in-law when he didn't look right and he was telling us he didn't feel right and on the way home we had to turn around and take him back (he also was in the middle of a heart attack!)

I don't trust Doctor's or the AMA anymore...
So I stay away from them at all cost.

LOL as far as drawing... try don't need to draw a straight line when you're drawing people or landscapes...give it a go!

I enjoyed the freedom art gave me. I was a detail artist...when you see lace...I drew every eyelet, I drew every blade of grass...every detail to the ship.

I loved pencil...all those different shades you see are all done with just a pencil.

I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my work and I hope one day you try it's a wonderful hobby to have.

Cyber hugs

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hon if you draw already keep drawing! With every picture you draw you discover a better way to show it...before my end I could draw a picture of a girl crying and make her look like she had real tears falling down her face.

You discover how to give life to the eyes by just putting a small white dot in the black pupil from the lighting's POV and shading the corner of the eyes and be sure to show the shadow of the lashes on the eyeball, as well as not forgetting to put a lid rim on the bottom eyelid, give depth to the features with shading and highlighting. Oh and a smugger...I would have been lost without me gives texture to the shading to bring your sketch to life.

Best part one ever has to see your work until you're ready to show them. So draw freely...give way to the mood and let it stroke across the pages.

Positive is the only way to be in life!

Hugs me darlin'

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Forget the technology...get your camera and shoot it...then download's easier that way. LOL

I'd love to see your work!

As far as life and sadness...I'm a firm believer in we create our own reality. If I'm sad it's because I choose to be sad...I work hard at staying positive and seeing the silver lining behind the dark cloud. Yes, I feel sad at times but I try to pull meself out and not dwell there for too is way too short for that kind of emotion.

I love to laugh.

My love to ya' darlin'

Patti said...

He was 15 when it happened (he was playing laser tag and someone fell/stepped on him) and it's actually his leg/foot that has the damage. He needs a brace on his foot to walk correctly and in addition to mostly not being able to move his foot/toes there's sensory damage as well. I spent a lot of time feeling angry/guilty but now I'm thankful it wasn't worse.

Again, thanks for sharing. Your story is actually the first firsthand story I've heard and it's reassuring to me to see that life goes on and you can overcome the obstacles and still have a happy and successful life. He pretty much goes with the flow and goes to school and has a job etc. so I know things will turn out okay but sometimes I still get a little bitter (it's been less than a year, I think I'm allowed!).

(sorry this turned into a book!)

Houston A.W. Knight said...


OMG, hon...that book of yours was short and you're allowed to make it longer if you need to talk to a friend...that's why I'm here!

Your son, he is young, but we can be grateful he's a young man not a 15he's learning about life and pain...Thank the Gods he's old enough to learn to deal with it in a positive way and make it work for his life when he can.

I hope it didn't end a football or baseball career for him....that would be a hard pill to swallow at that age.

By sensory damage do you mean nerve? If so, there is still hope. They say a nerve repair itself or will grow back BUT it only repairs/grows back an inch a the repair can take some time BUT it can be fully repaired!

Let's put out thoughts and prayers in that direction. I'll image him each night with his body repairing itself... so one day he can remove that darn brace.

Tell him to keep working with it...and give him a hug from me. Then tell him to show all the cute girl's at school his "WOUND" and he'll find more than he expected will want to "Take care" of his battle wound! Tell him there is an advantage to this wound if he plays his cards right! *wink wink*

Hon, I understand your guilt and more than have that right! I felt it too.

In time I had to turn the negative around to make my life livable. I had to accept what happened and move forward...I'm not one that likes to let the past control me in the now.

Remember, you need to forgive yourself (guilt) and turn your negative thoughts around to happy positive ones if you want to create that happy and positive reality.
Forgive, so you and your son can move forward in the now. Negative thoughts, whether yours or his can hold his recovery back.

It's o.k., to feel the victim, feel angry and feel guilty...I'm not saying it isn't (gosh, I go through my moments for sure) but to create your "NOW" reality you don't want to hang on to it for too long.

Feel what you need to feel to experience the lesson the Gods have put in your path then turn that negative into a positive and make that experience WORK FOR YOU as a heronine/hero would.

Overcome it and control it...don't let it control you (your emotions). Remember, the Gods had this experience happen in our life so you could learn from it. Whatever it was you (and your son) were suppose to you have to find the good in this experience to make you stronger...don't allow it to weaken you (your soul).

Our thoughts make our reality - so let's make this a good one. I'll hold your son in my thoughts and prayers each night and one'll write me to tell me he no longer needs his brace! xoxoxo

Stay strong darlin'

ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

Beautiful sketches, Hawk! I'm sorry to hear that you had to end that career because of that accident!
Congrats on the award and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy Valentine's Day :)

Jes' Mysictal Treasures said...

It's nice to see your work, it's been a long time. I think I have the picture of the girl with the tear you were talking about, if I get some time I'll look for it ... I'd love for your friends to see that one it's beautiful. What about your American Indian ones, I think I have some of those too... Girls my Sis, was a wonderful artist just as she is a great writer. I don't read romance but my Sis got me hooked when she asked me to take a look at some of her stuff years ago, I knew then she was a very talented women. It is her positive way of thinking that kept me going through out my whole life...
I Love You Happy Val'n times Day

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hey Hon! Where have you been hiding?

Glad you dropped in and I'm happy you like the art work!

Happy wonderful V-day to you too!


Houston A.W. Knight said...



As you can see she's bias...she thinks everything I do is GREAT!

Jes...sweetie....I adore you. I'm so happy to see you're getting the hang of the blog world. I love your button (the pic by your name)!

Thank you for the V-day wishes! xoxoxo

major hugs

ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

Lol, no hiding! Just been busy with discovering twitter, making deadlines and killing a computervirus, that's all ;)

I do come by though, only I haven't left a comment in a while and because of the love thing from yesterday I thought it was a good occasion to take the time for a comment :)

I promise to do it more often in the future, sweetie!


Houston A.W. Knight said...


Interestingly Cecile and I were just talking about seems to have taken a lot of the bloggers away from blogging.

LOL, I guess in time there will be twitter people and blogger people.

I can't get into the twit thing...not enough room to really chat and get to know each other like you can on a blog.

I guess it's all personal what you like and don't like...I think I'll stick to being a blog person. LOL

So which are you a blog or a twit?


ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

I think it doesn't have to be OR but can be AND. I'm a blogger first but I also like to tweet. Mostly I tweet with other book bloggers ;) because it's fun to tweet with people you already know. But you also can meet other nice people and than turn to their blogs for further contact. It's just a faster way of communicating than blogging is, but it can be time consuming yes :)

Btw, the computer virus kept me way more busy than twitter...

Leontine said...

Wow this is awesome stuff Hawk, really, it's such fine artwork so detailed. My hubby can do that fine pencil sketching too but the themes your have are more to my liking *grin* How do you handle your creative outbursts now?? I see this kind of creativity like it is food for the soul, or that is how I experience it. It makes me a bit sad to see one moment in time to take that away from you...or at least the unwise decisions of a doctor :(

Thanks for sharing this beautiful side of yours Hawk (((hugs)))

Patti said...

Thanks for the positive thoughts Hawk! His doctor told us the nerves will grow for about 18 months so we've got a few more montsh but the injury is close to his knee and he's 6'2" so it's got a long way to regenerate. And you're right, I'm glad he is old enough to understand and deal with what happened.

Jes' Mysictal Treasures said...


Oh, I've tossed my creative juices into my writing. I'm an I've learned to see the pictures in my head and tell the story that goes with them instead of drawing them out.

It works...because when I use to draw what my mind saw, I would go into this land of the picture I saw in my head...there was always a story behind the sketches but I never told anyone the world that came with the, I tell the story and let the reader see the images in their heads.

I'm glad you enjoyed the sketches.

hugs sweetie

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Sorry Leontine...I answered under me twin's icon...I'd gone over to check her gmail for her and forgot to sign out...hense the post from me under her icon.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


OMG...a hero in the making for sure at 6'2"...yes, the girl will be more than willing to comfort his battle wound...more than willing!

So why his little girls are flirting with him...I'll be keeping him in the prayers and healing lights...

Big hugs

Jes' Mysictal Treasures said...


Sorry to hear about the computer virus...that's never good! I hope that turned out alright.

I'm happy to hear I won't lose you to twits...I love your comments!


Houston A.W. Knight said...

Janna...again, I'm not sure why my answer came up under my twins icon...I was signed out from her place (helping her put a u-tube Elvis up on her blog) but it's me answering not her.


Vicki said...

Wow Hawk, I remember you telling me about the accident, but I didn't know about the pictures. You are amazing. I'm so sorry the doctor didn't listen to you the first time. But then again, with the strong belief of everything happens for a reason, mayhaps we wouldn't have you writing such wonderful tales if you'd gone on to be an cover artist.

Still your work is beautiful and there's power in them. Life flowing in the moment of time.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Thank you for the beautiful sentiments. I'm glad you enjoyed the sketches.

You have a way with words Vic.


ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

Aww, that's sweet of you to say, hon! Maybe we can 'win' you to Twitter... you could give it a try :) Didn't you have an account?

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Hawk!

Sweetie!! Your work is beautiful, I'm sad with it's loss, but for every loss, we gain twice. You've begun to write instead of illustrate and you've grown personally, going beyond what was once to what will be now.

Thanks for the wonderful award! I love it!!


Dottie :)

Danni said...

Congrats to the award winners!! I love your third sketch it's beautiful and very romantic!! :)

Houston A.W. Knight said...


LOL...thank you sweetie...but as you can see from my side bar button, I have twits...that's how I know I don't like it...I feel like not enough interesting info' gets passed on twitters and too much private info is given...But that's just me.
I'm a blogger for sure. LOL

Big hugs

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hey Sweet one - how are you?

I'm so glad you liked the award! it'll look good on your blog for sure!


Houston A.W. Knight said...


Ah, thank you for coming by!

Oh the third sketch...yeah, I liked that one too and the last one...I did a lot of detailed work in the last one on the clothes...making all the chain mail vest (in the other sketched) was fun. I did enjoy art.

Glad you stoppped in!
Cyber hugs

Vicki said...

Thank you (on the words thing), but they only come like that when there is something inspiring to bring them forth.

I missed you at the meeting. It was really good, but even more so I was hoping to see you. :)

carol henry said...

Hawk, what a fantastic artist, and so sad at the senselssness of your loss.But to turn things around in a positive way - you go girl! You are one of the most up-beat women I know!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

LOL Carol...I'm only "up beat" compared to you...the "electric" woman of energy!

Hugs Darlin'!