Yeah, I’m rather positive that when people described a breathtaking view, they were thinking about a sunset on a warm beach or standing over the grand canyon. When I thought of this prompt, my mind, of course went to an elaborate dessert. Well, at least in the sense of scale, as the ingredients in this one are rather simple. But I’m equally not a landscape artist so I’ll leave that to those better qualified. My favorite thing to paint in the world is food, and dessert is my favorite thing to eat. So, I knew that if I combined the two and stuck to what I enjoy most, I would hopefully end up with a lovely view, if not breathtaking. That seems like a rather high bar. I’ll let you be the judge as right now I’m just craving cake. I love that we’re heading into autumn as the menu gets a little richer and more decadent. I’ve no idea why, as the colder temperatures make walking less of a pleasure, which means less exercise. But I don’t question it. Instead, I’m ready to revel in all the food and baggy sweaters I can fit into the season!
I’ve suddenly lost all train of thought as now I’m thinking only of whether that ice cream that was there is still waiting in the freezer. It’s been a few days and I can’t recall if the last time I tried it was thorough. My pause now is blamed on finishing this post, but it’s really the fear that I’ll be horribly disappointed should I brave a peek. I’m not even sure I’d describe myself as having a “sweet tooth” as that usually implies you want sweets all the time, which I don’t. But at the end of an evening or a particularly wonderful meal, I sort of demand dessert. It’s the view I really must see next to celebrate properly. It’s the icing and the cake. Both please. That will do fine. Though I do try to live life with a healthy moderation, I’m equally persistent when it comes to making sure it’s rife with indulgences. There’s simply living and then there’s actually feeling alive. I want to be sure I’m enjoying the latter as much as I possibly can. That, requires dessert.
And when it comes to painting, I’m no different. When there’s something I’ve been craving to create, I simply must find a way to make it happen. This explains my sometimes loose interpretations of my own prompts. But that’s all part of the fun. In the end, if you take the time to sit down and paint something, you better be certain that it’s something you truly enjoy. Let you mind wander to wherever it takes you, and paint that. It’s exactly the thing you were supposed to make in that moment. That’s why I keep coming back and painting and writing. This post is rambling and ridiculous, but it’s exactly what I needed today. A sweet dessert that doesn’t try to hard to make a point, just provide a touch of happiness. And a simple reminder that when you create anything at all, if it comes from the heart, you’ll always end up with a breathtaking view.
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