Though walnuts are definitely something you see more of this time of year where I live, painting them for today’s prompt proved far more challenging than I expected. They’re like little brown brains inside a strangely shaped skull, which is admittedly the least appetizing description ever. And lately, I feel like I’ve been going a little nuts trying to get everything I want accomplished. I mentioned the bugs with the gallery on Doodlewash in yesterday’s full post, but last night I had a dream where I solved them. When I awoke, I implemented what I did in my dream and it actually worked! Now the member’s gallery is working as usual again. So yeah, that’s incredibly weird, I know. But, rest assured the dream included a brief encounter with a unicorn, a strange conversation with a platypus and other perfectly normal things that only happen in dreams. As much stress as problem-solving can bring, I do rather enjoy it when a solution finally presents itself.
Tomorrow, we head to Texas to visit my family and I’ve still not packed or prepared for it. I figure as long as I remember to bring my phone, watercolors and sketchbook, everything will be fine. Of course, a more grounded person would first think about things like underwear and fresh socks. Those, I assume I’ll remember in the morning. Tonight, I’m just taking it easy at home and enjoying the quiet before the adventure. Each time I’m out of town, posts are definitely going to arrive at odd times, and will be rife with typos and other issues, so apologies in advance. Part of the adventure is sneaking a quick bit of time to show up and post. I realize I could take a break for a few days, but I’ve been painting and posting daily for over two years now and I simply can’t stop. It’s fun! And anytime we find something we love in live, we should pursue it with all the exuberance and joy we possibly can!
I’m rather excited to be reunited with my family again. No matter how many people you meet in life who seem a bit like you, your family is the purest representation of who you really are. Though my life has taken turns that are far different than anyone in my family, we’re all still very much the same in the end. We share similar crazy tastes, a love of obscure things, and ability to laugh at generally anything at all. Though I never grew up in Texas, my mom has lived there even longer than my childhood home. My father is only with us in spirit now, but his ashes still sit atop the Tiki Bar he built in the overly large back room addition he plunked onto a ridiculously small house. It’s all a bit quirky in a way that always makes me feel completely comfortable and happy. I’ve had a lot of amazing adventures in life, but being a part of family is the greatest adventure of all. Cheers, to my extended family here on Doodlewash. I’m honored and thrilled to be your host in this wonderful growing community. As ever, big dreams are best achieved when you just go ahead and let yourself go a little nuts.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Red Rose Deep, Burnt Umber, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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