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Life is Too Short and Sweet!

Marleina by Debra Snyder Heard


                                      Life is Too Short and Sweet!

                                         By Debra Snyder Heard  


Every once a while I used to put myself down with thoughts like:

 “Why didn’t I major in something else that makes more money?”

 “Is this the only choice I have with hearing disabilities?”

”I bet people would respect me more if I were a doctor or lawyer!”

“Am I kidding myself that I’m a good artist?”

I spent years as an art teacher, graphic designer, mother, cook, housekeeper, and creating my art whenever I could, and putting everyone else’s needs first.


When I turned 50, I read every advise book I could find on what to expect in life at this age and older. I felt that time was running out! I want to do what was important to me! I made a choice to change things.

 New rules in my life:

 No more pleasing others, my time is very valuable!

 Say no to anything that I don’t want to do!

Spend as much time as I can each day working in my art studio.

 Don’t compare myself to others in any way!

 Take care of my health physically and mentally.


I went from teaching art classes full time to part time. Joined body pump and zumba classes, and then belly dancing which shocked my family and friends (I am a very quiet and shy person).  The dancing helped me feel good about myself and spread to other parts of my life. My drawings became part of what I do and see in life. I’m having the best time of my life!

I chose my drawing of belly dancer as the front page of my website because it represents to me as a creative woman, expressing my joy of life to the world.


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Woman Artist by Debra Snyder Heard

Woman Artist by Debra Snyder Heard

Studio Model by Debra Snyder Heard


“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”. - Mary Angelou


Past goals to improve my art were different every year.

Some examples:

-         Practice drawing what I saw

-         Line variations

-         Stronger values

-         Develop better drawing skills


Selling my art, entering competitions, and putting my work the public eye were not important in the past.

A large part of my life was being a mother, teacher, cook, housekeeper…, mostly putting people’s needs before mine. After passing the age of fifty, I have discovered that I need to put my goals and happiness up first.


Reasons to promote my art:

     - When I look at good art work it makes me feel good. It pleasures the senses! I would like others to experience the same nice feeling!

      - Looking at bad artwork is like looking at a dirty cockroach. It gives you a bad feeling!

         Of course, people with bad art work are always complementing each other!

      - People did not take my profession seriously until I stated to winning ribbons, and posting my work.

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Importance of Having Fun!

"There's no fear when your having fun!" -Will Thomas


Sometimes when I start working on my art work, a lot of bad questions and noisy chatter moves into my head.

-         What if I can’t make this look like I want?

-         What if it turns out crappy after all the work?

-         How am I going to do this?

-         What if I can’t do this?

-         What if nobody likes it?


I stop and remind myself, that life is too short not to be having fun!

    “If you’re not having fun it‘s not worth doing”- Tommy Bolin.


To make things more fun.

-         I put in a CD with fun music to listen to while I work (usually blue jazz).

-         Give my dog a hug, eat some cookies, and drink hot tea.

-         Just start working and don’t worry about it not turning out, just do what feels right and enjoy the process!


Thank you,

Debra Snyder Heard

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Drawing with Discipline


Talent is nothing without discipline. Its rigid discipline and skill that makes a person better artist. It takes a long time and a lot of practice to get good.


I’m in my art studio at least 4 to 5 hours five to six days a week. My drawing hand gets tired and sloppy after the fourth hour. I don’t want to get in a hurry just to finish, because I want my work to be its best. I do have family, cooking, and cleaning to take care of too!  


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Art Studio

" I am in the beginning and I still go on making mistakes" By Pierre -Auguste Renoir


Welcome to my art studio! This is where I spend most of my time. It  is important for a creative person to have a special place to work. This is where I spend most of my time. I love lots of light and windows.

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New Beginnings For Woman Artist Over 50.

New Beginnings for Woman Artist Over 50.

"Without change, something sleeps inside us, and never wakens." -Duke Leo Artides


Hi Family and Friends,

I finally finished setting up my website . It is DebraHeard.com

I have a fan facebook page too , it is Debra Snyder Heard Fine Art Studio. Please join me there to see more art work and discussions.


Welcome to my blog page! This is a new beginning that is connected to my website.

I plan to post at least once a week, short and sweet.  It will be about my artistic views, advice, and things in my life that connect to my art, and why I create art.


Fall seems to be the best time for changes and new beginnings. I love the challenges that art does to make me think and do things in different ways. Every art project is different, even if it's in the same medium.


Thank you,

Debra Snyder Heard

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