Today is the last day of my long weekend and Staycation, and I’m thankfully feeling much better after yesterday’s brief interruption. I decided to hop back into the prompts list because I needed an idea to sketch for today and was generally clueless as to what I might attempt. I saw Philippe’s sunglasses sitting on the edge of the table and decided to doodlewash them. We stayed indoors today, still recuperating, so sunglasses were not actually required, but did offer a view of the outdoors at least, reflected in the lenses. After looking for “perfect” sunglasses forever, he finally broke down and bought these from Costco. They’re not high fashion, proven by the fact that they came in a hideously ugly blue plastic blister pack. But even if they’re not the pair he dreamed of, they do the job well enough.
There were so many things I was wanting to get done this weekend, but have now reached the end and realized none of them happened. Beyond just being generally lazy, I also had plans to catch up on blogs and put some finishing touches on this website. Given that aliens invaded my body for the past 24 hours, these plans were not to become a reality. What I did have time to do, was reflect. I thought back to this time a year ago when I was just discovering watercolor and how excited I was each day to start painting again. This amazing sense of newness has always propelled me in life. I love trying new things and have discovered entirely new hobbies over the years from photography to piano.
I don’t play the piano much anymore, there’s a lamp sitting on the closed lid, and my camera sits on the shelf like a trophy of a sport I never won. I briefly worried that watercolor would befall the same fate. But this time, I realized, there’s something different happening. Those hobbies were always runner-up. From the time I was a kid, I’ve wanted to illustrate and write stories. Yet, as I reached middle age, it was painfully clear I’ve never published a book of this sort. Just another childhood fantasy that would never happen. But here I am, each day, writing some little story that comes to mind and illustrating it. Maybe my life didn’t turn out exactly like I dreamed, but in reflection, it’s come pretty close. A blog may not be the same as a bestselling book, but for me, it does the job well enough.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Sennelier: Olive Green. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.