For our prompt of “Farm” today, I sketched a little piglet discovering a flower using just three colors. Out of all the little baby animals that would arrive on my grandparent’s farm, I loved the baby pigs the most. It was so fun to watch them grow and discover the world around them, one little piece at a time. It’s quite the same with human children, if all of my mother’s stories are to be believed. I was once a toddling hot mess myself, trying to learn the intricacies of walking and how to communicate my thoughts. Each day brought something new and interesting and the world seemed filled with amazing opportunities. As an adult, I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting things to do and try. Though indeed, I’ve tried quite a lot of things in my life already. Yet, I’m still discovering new things that I didn’t know or new places I’ve yet to visit. It strikes me that life itself is just one big learning experience that simply ends at some moment in time that’s not entirely predictable. The journey itself is the entire point.

I’ve always loved coming up with new ideas and losing myself in the beautiful act of creation. While it’s often daunting to be at the beginning of a concept and staring at a blank page, it’s equally energizing. I feel that same feeling that I felt when I was just a little kid. There’s that same sense of endless discovery mixed with tireless optimism. I’ve no idea if something that captured my fancy will ever become anything more than a fleeting thought, but it’s fun to simply get lost in thought sometimes. While I’ve come up with many ideas that I thought were actually quite inventive, most of my ideas will never be more than scribbled speculation. I can’t count the number of times I’ve bounced ideas off Philippe and we’ve spent hours discussing possibilities only to end up with nothing tangible. It’s never a waste of time as there’s always a speck of something brilliant that inspires another path.

One of the things that often keeps me from pursuing an idea is that I can’t see its future. I’ve always liked ideas that seemed to have a life of their own. I’m attracted to those bigger ideas that create an entire world of possibilities. When I’ve latched onto one I can always see the look in Philippe eye’s saying, “Oh wow! Here we go again!” He knows that I’ll soon be overwhelming myself with a new project. Yet, I know that he’s proud of what I’ve done and preemptively proud of whatever zany thing I’m attempting to do next. That sense of pride isn’t predicated on any specific measures for anticipated success. It’s just based on the simple idea of supporting someone you love in doing what they love. That’s the best thing we can all do for each other throughout this journey. Listening to someone else’s heart is one of the most loving acts of kindness. After all, life doesn’t have to be about achieving some grand goal. Sometimes, life can simply be about pursuing dreams with love and hope while embracing yet another chance to learn.

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17 thoughts on “A Chance To Learn

  1. I absolutely adore that little pig Charlie. He is the cutest ever.

    While I love baby pigs. On the farm I loved the baby pigs, lambs, calves and foals. They were all amazing to me. I’ll never forget the first baby calf that was mine. I loved that little calf with the big brown eyes. I would have loved to spend time with the baby pigs but the sow was an animal to be reckoned with and terrified of – lolol. You did not get in between her and her babies.

    That is one of the things my husband and I will do best. If I have an idea that sparks his imagination, or if he has one that sparks mine then we are off and away. Our discussions build and morph on that first idea and occasionally can grow into something beautiful. Those ideas usually have to do with ‘building’ as in a wood something that will help us or a synthesizer something. Unfortunately that doesn’t work with my art. Long before digital art was a thing though he used to do digital art for his website so I am trying to encourage him to get into that. I think it is so important for people to have more than one hobby. As artists we are so lucky, because there are so many things to learn in art – so many different ways to travel, so many mediums and a persons ideas are only limited by their mind.

    Yes life and what you can do in it and with it is one big adventure, no matter what your circumstances are. I have had the pleasure of knowing remarkable people.

    Lots of hugs and much love to you, Phillipe and Elliott <3

    1. Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 Yeah, baby animals on the farm were my favorite part! I loved them all! Your husband should do digital art… on an iPad Pro with the Procreate app it’s really quite awesome. The is always something new to learn and do in art… sometimes I end up with too many ideas and other times it feel like it’s never enough. hehe Hugs and much love to you, my friend! ❤️

  2. You are totally correct, Charlie! Someone who supports you in doing what you love is giving the most amazing gift that anyone can give. I feel so sorry for those people who go never life never giving or receiving something like it.

    1. Hello hello Charlie,

      That piglet is so adorable and the sunflower looks equally thrilled at having discovered a piglet. 🙂 There’s an energetic puppy that comes for a walk in the garden outside my house and he is quite delighted with every discovery regardless of whether what he’s discovered sometimes snaps back or nips his ear or nose. I find that so fascinating and so brave. He doesn’t seem to judge anything by a past experience. And I find it truly inspiring that you are brave in that aspect too. You take on totally new stuff like you’ve never failed before. More power to that Charlie and to whatever you jump into next. Have a brilliant week ahead my friend!


      1. Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww… watching that puppy sounds like true inspiration! Yeah, I think we all have the capacity for courage… doing something in spite of any fears. It’s rare to be truly fearless, and I can’t say that I’m like that. But I don’t mind failing in the pursuit of something I want to try… I’ll just try something else if that doesn’t work out! hehe Have a fabulous and creative week, my friend. Much love to you! ❤️

  3. Very cute little pig, Charlie, and life surely is about the journey, My husband has supported me in so many different creative endeavors and with a fairly small amount of eye rolling. It’s always been wonderful to have that support.

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