I LIKE TO LEAVE THINGS BETTER THAN I FOUND THEM.


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204 comments
  1. svenoblivion said:

    You are very talented! Keep it up. And thank you for the follow on Tumblr (everydaydroplets).

    – s

    • cjot said:

      No problem! See you around on wordpress or tumblr!!

    • I second that comment…you are amazingly talented! πŸ™‚

  2. alex said:

    You are an amazing artist! keep it up hun πŸ˜‰

    • cjot said:

      Thank you. I plan on it!

  3. Thanks for the follow! Your artwork is absolutely breath-taking. I’m glad your finding me resulted in my finding you. = )

    All the best,
    Elise

    • cjot said:

      Awwwww what a nice compliment. Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing more of your work as well πŸ™‚

  4. I really like your work! Thanks for coming to see me… I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy yours:)

    • cjot said:

      Thank you! Im glad to see that you have posted an article about diabetes. It is an important helth issue to me (my dad has it). See you around WP!

  5. Thanks for subscribing – hope you enjoy! Am just about to have a look at yours now…

    • cjot said:

      Thanks, I hope you like it!

  6. JT said:

    It is obvious you have incredible talent, thank you for sharing what’s inside your heart.

  7. Thank you for visiting my Rockin’ the Purple blog! Your art is amazing–keep drawing!

  8. Wow you have an eye at drawing πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for subscribing to my blog. I hope to be looking out for more of your artwork, as I am now following you too. Thanks again!

  9. Deeone said:

    Hiya! I wanted to thank you for visiting and subscribing to my blog. The best thing about it is, I was in turn able to find yours as well. Awesomeness! I was sold as soon as I read your about page. Anyone who likes to leave things better then they found it… is definitely a keeper as a friendly networker. It’s a feeling that I share, as well. We as individuals have the power to do just that… to effect the world around us. πŸ˜‰ I love your artwork… you’re quite talented, I look forward to seeing even more from you. All the best to you. πŸ™‚

    • cjot said:

      Hi there! I’m glad you like my little comment as well as my art work! Thank you for “liking” (officially haha) so many of my posts. See you ’round WP!! (All the best to you as well, just cause you have been so nice to me haha!)

  10. spiritteacher said:

    Colleen, your art is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your work and your heart through your work. You definitely leave things better than you found them. Peace and Love, Sharie

  11. Hi Colleen! Thanx for subscribing to Delikadent! Hope you enjoy what I post. Will be watching you closely as well in the future. x

    • cjot said:

      Thanks! Good to hear!

    • cjot said:

      Of course, you have some very good words-of-wisdom on your page! See you around WP!

  12. What an incredible talent you have. Thanks for subscribing and leading me to your work. It brightened my morning.

    • cjot said:

      Aww thank you for such a nice compliment! I am glad I made someones morning a bit brighter!!!

  13. The beauty is indeed in the details! Thanks for subscribing to my blog and I’m glad to have found yours as well. I love the energy and wisdom in the faces and eyes of your subjects!

    Elizabeth

    • cjot said:

      Thank you so much for noticing the work that I put in to the details!!

      I really liked reading this in your About section: That means I choose to have a positive outlook, to see the best in people, and to cultivate hope and optimism wherever possible.

      See you around WP!

  14. Thank you Colleen for stopping by my blog. Glad you like it enough to subscribe πŸ™‚
    I really enjoy the work of visual artists, as well as other authors.

    • cjot said:

      No problem! It caught my eye when i saw “dreamer, writer, creator” at the top of your page.

  15. Court said:

    Hey, looks like you have quite the following – your work is incredible! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • cjot said:

      I’m just getting started. I am lucky to have made connections with kind people who like to comment, like you!

  16. Your work is breathtaking! Thanks so much for following!

    Joshua

  17. I’ve only just looked at the Animals and will be going through the rest of your stuff in a minute, but I just had to say you are immensely talented, Colleen! What wonderful drawings you have posted… I love them all! If you hadn’t visited my blog I would never have seen yours – thank you so much!

    • cjot said:

      No, thank YOU! πŸ˜€

  18. Thank you for visiting subscribing & leading me to you. Your eye for detail is amazing!. Keep bringing your beauty into the world and sharing it.

    • cjot said:

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by πŸ™‚

  19. I have looked at your work here, and think you are really really talented. I love the choices you take in what you draw. There is a depth in your portraiture that connects to the viewer. I ad;mire your talent , I would love to have some of that!

    • cjot said:

      Thank you very much for your kind words πŸ™‚

  20. Laurie said:

    Thanks for subscribing to betweentheweeds.com. I love the work you do and have also subscribed to your blog.

    Enjoy your day.

  21. Thank you so much for subscribing to my blog; once I checked out yours, I loved it! You have an amazing gift and I’m glad you subcribed to mine or else I wonder how long it would have taken me to dig through all these wordpress blogs and hit a gold mine like yours πŸ™‚

    • cjot said:

      Haha thanks! Its a small world after all, right?

  22. Thank you muchly for the subscription! Your artwork is breathtaking, and I’d aspire to be as naturally talented with pencils as you are.

    My blog’s a bit of a mishmash of everything so I’m never sure whether people visit for my art or for my silliness, but I’m honored to have you following!

    I’ll definitely be coming back πŸ˜‰

    • cjot said:

      Haha random can be quite good at times! Your art is pretty cool if i do say so myself! See you ’round WP!

  23. Thanks for subscribing! And thank you for sharing your talent.

    • cjot said:

      Thanks for stopping by!! πŸ˜€

  24. Nevaeh Joy said:

    Your artwork is AMAZING! Such great talent…Keep it coming I can’t wait to see more!
    And thanks for stopping by my blog! :o)

    • cjot said:

      Thank you SO MUCH for the compliment!!

    • cjot said:

      I learned on my own.

  25. Emily said:

    HOLY MOSES. I was on the second page of your homepage before I realized that these weren’t black and white photos, they were pencil drawings! Congratulations – you are so talented! Thanks for visiting my page so I could find yours!!!

    • cjot said:

      Haha! this is probably my favorite comment, by far!

  26. Maria said:

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog πŸ™‚ I love your art work! you have a very good technique, great texture! Keep going πŸ™‚

    • cjot said:

      Thank you for noticing that!!

  27. Colleen, I love your art. Thank you for sharing it, and for visiting at the Stubblejumpers Cafe.

    Brainie

  28. Beautiful and impressive art! Thanks for subscribing. Hope we say something that blesses you.

  29. Nelao said:

    Wow you are very talented. So peaceful. Thanks for the sub and please keep up your awesome work!

  30. arlin said:

    Wow! What a very talented human being! Greeaat work you have here, I love it! And thank you so much for visiting and subscribing πŸ™‚

    *cheers*

  31. DreamsTwister said:

    Love your work!

  32. Louise said:

    Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am new to the world if blogging. It was so wonderful seeing your art work. You are so creative. When did you discover your love for art and creativity?

    Cheers,
    Louise

    • In the late 90’s when I was a teenager. I had stepped on glass or a nail and was MIA from my teenage summer antics haha. I found something to keep me busy, and I also found a hidden talent! Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

  33. collen…you are so talented…love the portraits…and thank you so much for dropping by my blog…see you around…have a great weekend..

  34. Jeau& said:

    pretty drawings! Good idea to watermark them, maybe I should do that too. Could you tell me how you did that? Photoshop or something?
    Thanks for subscribing to my blog and liking my posts! I’ll make sure to check back on your drawings too!
    Cheers,
    Jeau

    • I currently dont have enough dinero to buy photoshop, I used another program. It has pretty much the same features. I just made a watermark and layered over my pic. I wish people wouldnt steal images, because i hate what the watermark takes away from my drawings. Oh well such is life, and we keep going, right? Hope That helped. see you around worddpress πŸ™‚

  35. Thank you for subscribing!
    Wow, your artworks are AMAZING! I wish I had your talent… πŸ™‚
    Keep up your work!

  36. Hi Colleen,
    Thanks so much for subscribing to my blog, I’m very new to this and it’s so great to already be making new connections! Your artwork is amazing, I particularly love the animal work πŸ˜€ Thanks again and I look forward to sharing our stories (and seeing more of your work) around WP!

  37. Kim said:

    Hi Colleen………….God has definitely deposited the gift of drawing within you and you are expressing it beautifully. Thanks for sharing it with the world and thanks for subscribing to my blog……..hope it encourages you in some way……..Kim

    • Thank you, I’m sure it will πŸ™‚ I wouldnt have subscribed unless something caught my eye πŸ™‚

  38. Hi Colleen! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and subscribing. Your work is excellent and your philosophy what the world needs more of. I will be looking forward to seeing more drawings. It’s always wonderful to connect to a fellow artist.

    • Thank you for acknowledging my philosophy and efforts πŸ™‚ I love being able to see how another visual artist sees the world.

  39. Colleen, Thanks so much for subscribing to my blog. Your work is lovely! I wish you all the best. -Shykia

    • Thank you for the kind wishes! See you around WordPress πŸ™‚

  40. Beautiful work. Very artistic, creative, and talented. Thanks for checking out my blog! I look forward to your posts on my blog!!

  41. Natanya Green said:

    Beautiful work, Colleen. Looking forward to seeing more in the future!

    • cjot said:

      Thank you! I am working on my next piece right now πŸ™‚

  42. Love this line “I LIKE TO LEAVE THINGS BETTER THAN I FOUND THEM.” β™₯

  43. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I appreciate the feedback. I really like your motto: leaving the world better than you found it. That is something I try to live by too. Even if it’s just a little better, at least it’s better. And all those little bits add up! I have checked out your drawings too, and they are beautifully done. You are talented and I’m glad that you are willing to share with others.

    • Thank you for taking the time to write such nice things!! All those little things DO add up don’t they πŸ™‚

  44. I love your work…thanks for following me πŸ™‚

  45. Bonnie said:

    Hi Colleen! GORGEOUS work here!!

  46. Thanks for visiting my site and subscribing…your drawings are quite good. Thanks for sharing them! My Best, joni

    • cjot said:

      Thanks Joni! See you ’round WP πŸ™‚

    • cjot said:

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  47. markya said:

    thank you for subscribing to my blog πŸ™‚ and very good artworks by the way πŸ™‚

    • cjot said:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  48. Hi Colleen, exquisite line work! Looking forward to your next piece.

    • cjot said:

      Hi there! Thanks, I have already started my next project, hopefully it will be up soon πŸ˜€

  49. thatgirlwhit said:

    you are very talented…don’t ever stop!

    • Thank you for being so encouraging! Even just a few words is all it takes to keep someone motivated πŸ™‚ ( I actually did stop for quite a while. I am learning never to do that again… life is too short, you have to do what you love, right?? πŸ™‚ )

  50. Hi and thanks for subscribing to my blog. I was quite surprised when I got the notice, so just HAD to check out yours! Whoo-hoo! Beautiful artwork, I must say. I’m in the middle of cleaning out my “studio” (a converted out building in our backyard, that has *somehow* become a junk collection). Hopefully, once that’s done, I’ll have more roon and will be able to continue with my painting & drawing.
    Keep up the good work – I’ll be stopping by from time-to-time to see what else you’ve done. πŸ™‚

  51. Hafsa K said:

    Thank you so much for subscribing! πŸ™‚ Your artwork is simply fantastic! My best friend loves to sketch and I am definitely going to recommend you to her! πŸ˜€

  52. Sara Teece said:

    Your art is incredible!

  53. RiMa said:

    Hey! πŸ™‚ I love your artworks! they’re awesome! :))

  54. Hi Colleen,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow!

    Your drawings are spectacular, I thought they were photos! You have amazing talent, looking forward to seeing more of your art!

    -Denisse

  55. Hi Colleen, thanks for subscribing to my blog. Funny. I just yesterday acquired a beautiful pen and ink from Melissa Tubbs (www.melissatubbs.blogspot.com). Like you, she does stunning drawings. I have written about her work for publication. I’m a freelance writer but also an attorney and mentor. I love working with creative people and manage my wife’s interior design business (www.cindybarganier.com). The media page has several of my articles. Perhaps I’ll be writing about you someday?

  56. Belle said:

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog! You’re a great artist, love your animals! πŸ˜€

  57. Imke Rust said:

    Thank you for following me on WP. I definitely agree with your view: “I LIKE TO LEAVE THINGS BETTER THAN I FOUND THEM.” – that is such a great attitude. πŸ™‚

  58. I found you thru Hyperactive Inefficiency:-) All the best adjectives are taken in earlier comments. May I just Say WOW!

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment πŸ™‚ Hopefully I can keep every one impressed haha!

  59. Thanks for subscribing to my blog! Your artwork is lovely. I love the design of your blog, too.

  60. backtobretagne said:

    Your work is amazing. And thanks for the subscription πŸ™‚

  61. Faun said:

    Wow, your drawings are awesome! Thanks for checking out my blog and subscribing! πŸ˜€

  62. JSD said:

    Beautiful work! Now I see how it’s supposed to be done. πŸ™‚
    I look forward to seeing more.

  63. You’ve got quite a talent. Wanted to say that I’m going to keep the phrase “I like to leave things better than I found them” with me always.

    • I appreciate that. Its good to know I have made an impact, even with just a phrase. Often we impact people and don’t know how we do. Every once in a while someone will post a nice comment, such as yourself, and inspire us to keep going πŸ™‚

  64. Eva said:

    Beautiful drawings! You have a great eye and a incredible talent. Keep it up!

  65. Lyssie said:

    The desire to leave things better than you found them is something I admire in people. Not only do you want to see the world a better place, but you’re leaving what you’ve bettered behind, so other people can enjoy it.

    Regardless, your art is quite impressive. (:

  66. SaraPey said:

    OMG, you truly are an amazing artist. I truly love, admire and respect your art. Keep up the awesome work! Seriously πŸ˜€

  67. paperplane said:

    wow great work…love your stuff

  68. suehealy said:

    You do texture with aplomb. Very impressive.

  69. m1nute said:

    You have one of my all-time favourite site names. Compelling. Your art is worth the visit – like those pencil drawings we all did in school except with more talent!

  70. y4zz4 said:

    Thanks for subscribing I really apreciate it and its great seeing how talented you are at your art!! Keep up the great work!!

  71. Lainey said:

    Thanks for the follow! Great piece of artworks you have there πŸ™‚

  72. My daughter, who loves to draw, and I both love your drawings!

  73. transez said:

    your art is amazing! πŸ™‚

  74. Simply beautiful artwork. Thank you for sharing this… I love the portrait of Sitting Bull. Very lovely work.

  75. I find inspiration so thick around me these days. It’s awesome.

    Colleen you are another on the frontier of what we will become. We will not bury our talents. The emotion you decode with pencil and charcoal is breathtaking. I’m doing a post a day and will but you on the list of people and pieces to write about.

  76. Colleen, one look at your drawings and TALENT is the first word to mind!! The attention to detail, strokes, blending, and space is incredible! I can’t wait to see your next creation posted!

  77. Really great artwork. Interesting perspective. Hope to see more.

  78. mark said:

    thank you so much for adding me in your blogroll!! i’m getting a lot of referrers from your blog which a very big help for my blog! thank you so much πŸ˜€

  79. BeingEuropean said:

    very good skills!

  80. Colleen, what elegant sketches you’ve got here! Very delicate and observant, great blog

  81. I want to encourage you to continue drawing. And a story. My son is incredibly talented. No sense of organization and time but… One time I picked up one of his drawings. I couldn’t figure out what it was. I recognized the basketball and the face of a player. I asked him what it was. He told me, its a guy dunking the ball. I looked at it again. He had drawn the picture as if he was in the rafters looking down at the net. It was perfect.

  82. Impressive talent! Interesting facial expression on the “Sitting bull”.

    Also love the phrase β€œI like to leave things better than I found them” this will never be forgotten.
    Thanks for sharing your work, truly awesome.

  83. amidalife said:

    Colleen, you are wonderfully skilled! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  84. Joan said:

    I love your work!

  85. adjourned said:

    Really stunning pieces! I can’t wait to see what else you capture. πŸ™‚

  86. Tracy said:

    Your work is incredible! Keep it up!

  87. Erin Forsyth said:

    Hey great drawings! πŸ™‚

  88. I really enjoyed looking through all your wonderful drawings. You have a wonderful gift. I hope it always brings you joy.

  89. Tia said:

    Beautiful drawings, thank you for sharing!

  90. rommel said:

    At least one of your work should be freshly pressed. They’re all life-like.

  91. Alex 'Hadou' Cridford said:

    Wow, you artwork is really good, and so lifelike. I was looking through, and for the first few pictures, I thought that they were photos taken in black and white. Soon, I figured out that they were drawings. Keep up the great work, and thanks for following my blog!

  92. meelybug said:

    Omigoodness, there amazing :O! So much detail and emotion, you rock!

  93. abichica said:

    My Gosh, do you draw these yourself.. Iv been going through your posts and i have to say, they are awesome!! I am now your newest and biggest fan..!! πŸ˜€

  94. quierosaber said:

    I like your artworks. They come out so real, so expressive. My two sons are artists, too, though not their main occupation. One indulges in tattooing during his free time. Showed them your works and both were impressed.

  95. Laura said:

    Absolutely beautiful work!

  96. djkreger said:

    Wonderful work, Colleen! I can appreciate the work that goes into each drawing, as I like to do some drawing myself. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

  97. Christina said:

    Your artwork is amazing and so beautiful. πŸ™‚

  98. Laura said:

    Beautiful drawings! Wish I knew more about the artist πŸ˜‰ Especially love the doggies…. keep up the lovely work!

  99. Very impressive work. I’m no artist but I can certainly appreciate talent. Well done.

  100. Wow, to reply on this page is a view of a waterfall of comments. You have great followers, it’s no wonder your river flows. Great works!

  101. Great Imagery,
    Wonderfully inspiring work
    Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  102. wordsfallfrommyeyes said:

    A very perfect about me – the first line πŸ™‚

    I’m glad you’ve left a watermark on your work. Your work is utterly amazing. You have an extraordinary gift for artistic recreation of the real.

  103. Your work is amazing – You are very very talented!! Keep up with the good work πŸ™‚

  104. I have very much enjoyed viewing your fantastic works! What an amazing talent! Best wishes to you and your future works! I will be back. Blessings, Celeste. πŸ™‚
    And thank you so much for the like!

  105. delacybrown said:

    Amazing works. Will keep my eye on your blog.

  106. Hey riverunderwater thanks for the “Follow”. Hope you’ll visit HRonlinePH.com often. We are Human Rights Online Philippines and we feature articles, blogs, news information and photos on human rights in the Philippines. This site also offers current
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    You’ve got nice blog here. Looking forward to reading more from you!

  107. Judy said:

    Hi Colleen. I adore your blog. I missed you when you were gone…so glad you’re back! Your sketches are just awesome. I’m sure this isn’t the first award you’ve been given…. But I’d like to nominate you for the Lovely Blog Award.
    Your blog is awesome. Congrats!
    There’s no rules for this award. You can post the sign if you wish. You can pass the award to others if you wish. No questions to post or answer! Just enjoy!
    Here’s the link: http://jayjaysfavorites.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/the-academy-of-blog-awards/

  108. Kim said:

    Hi Coleen……….be encouraged to continue to being blessing to the world……..Kim

  109. Hello Colleen, thank you for your ‘like’ and for the follow. What a special gift you have, the realism of your artistry is simply awesome!

  110. Thanks for following ablanksheetofpaper – hope you enjoy it!

    • Yes, very much so. Watercolor, one of the visual art forms which seems most delicate to me, I have never been able to master.

  111. Great Artwork one of the main reasons I turned to photography was I wanted to capture and preserve the images of life I saw around me but could not paint or draw

    • There is art in photography too. It’s a beautiful thing. Its great that we are all different too πŸ™‚

  112. Hi Colleen, loving your work. I’ve been offline for a while but trying to get back on track. Whenever my own work falls off or I get floored by a blank canvas I seek inspiration amongst my friends and peers. Your work is truly inspiring. thank you for reminding me what I am supposed to be doing. take care.

  113. Your work is so beautiful. I’m literally in awe of what you can do.

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