The dictionary gives one definition of the word "outlet" as means of expression or satisfaction. Given the recent events in the news, I wanted to share how valuable art is as an outlet - for both children and adults. Difficult emotions, feelings and themes are hard to put into words... even if you can talk about them. One way to release these is through art. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, it can simply be a doodle, bubble letters or colors. Art helps us to "see" what we feel. I'm sure you've heard before that a picture is worth a thousand words. So, next time you or someone you know may be at a loss for words, try picking up a pencil, crayons or markers and laying it out on paper or canvas. The relief is freeing. My thoughts and prayers are with all families this holiday season - remembering that each one of us is in a different place and situation. I hope that everyone can find hope, joy and peace. In other news - one of my commissioned works is now done and has been posted in the Portrait Portfolio. This portrait is in graphite (pencil) on paper in an 8x10 size. Email me at dana@FOXartworks.com if you are interested in getting a portrait done. They make great gifts! Also, the Holly Springs Arts Council is hosting its FIRST Arts Festival February 5-9, 2013. Check out their site for information regarding events and classes. I'll be teaching a class in portrait drawing - so come and draw with me! Take another stroll through the 'For the Kids!' section of my portfolio. I've added some new work!