Please Help Me Decide!

My friend, I need your help! I think I’ve made a decision, but then I start waffling back & forth again. Please help me decide which of these 2 pieces to submit for a group project. Or perhaps I should trash both, and start over again! Trust me, that’s an option I’m weighing, as well.


A few weeks ago, a member of an alcohol ink group I belong to asked if anyone would like to contribute to a project. Each person is to create a 5″ x 5″ alcohol ink project on Yupo, with the overall theme being ‘hope’.  Then, each piece will be place inside one large frame, as part of a collage. This large collage will then be auctioned as part of a fundraiser.


I did a quick poll on my business Facebook page for the image, and the overall winner was a lighthouse, with dragonfly coming in second.  So first, here is my lighthouse project. The concept is that it’s a stormy night, with the light of the lighthouse being a beacon of hope, for a safe harbour ahead.

Please Help Me Decide!

The next one I made is with the dragonfly image.  Traditionally, the dragonfly is associated with the symbolism of change, and light.

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I created the background, and then used stencils to trace the dragonflies. The bodies are painted in Mined alloy ink, and then splatters added.


Here’s a picture of them side-by-side. Maybe that will help you, help me decide?

Please Help Me Decide!

So, can you please help me to decide? Should I submit one, or scrap them both and start over?  You won’t hurt my feelings; obviously I’m ambivalent about both!  And I do have almost a month before I need to mail my submission.

Thanks in advance for your help! If you like the concept of one, but have suggestions on how to improve (or what to change when I start over) I’m open to hearing what you suggest!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

5 thoughts on “Please Help Me Decide!

  1. Deb, both of these are STUNNING! the colors and vibrancy are wonderful. My vote is for the Lighthouse. It exudes hope.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Jackie! I’ve been leaning towards the lighthouse, as well. I’m glad to hear that you feel it has the right ‘theme’.

  2. Don’t you dare scrap them! They are both beautiful, Deb. I love dragonflies, but I think you should submit the lighthouse. Lighthouses are hopeful. So beautiful! 😊 Frame the dragonfly and hang your masterpiece in your house! Just a suggestion. 🐶🐰🐥🐦

    1. Thanks so much for your kind support, Mari! I’m thinking I’ll go with the lighthouse, too. (I may try re-making it; we’ll see).

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