There’s really nothing tastier than a ripe banana and it also happens to fit perfectly with today’s prompt of “spots” in this month’s challenge. Bananas are devilishly difficult to sketch and paint and would probably have been better served with more time and attention, but even in less than an hour I think they look rather banana-like so I’m satisfied. Though I admit to loving the taste of ripe bananas, the texture leaves much to be desired. When they reach this point, they’re far better relegated to banana bread or a lovely bananas foster. I tend to like them a touch greener when I’m consuming them on their own. But bananas have always made me really happy because they’re usually associated with monkeys which I find rather adorable. My mother using to refer to my childhood shenanigans as “monkey business” which literally means wasting time on some foolish project. I didn’t consider any of my amazing ideas I had as a kid “foolish” and actually loved the idea that a monkey might find a way to make a successful business out of it. This hasn’t changed very much.
Today, I’m still chasing dreams and following my heart to wherever it leads me. I watch people who have business plans and other such things in place and I’m truly impressed. How wonderful to know exactly what you want to happen next. I, on the other hand, run on pure love and impulse. I simply do what I feel like doing on any given day and assume that my love of the act will make good things happen in return. This may indeed seem like “monkey business,” but I don’t think it’s ever foolish to follow your passion. When you’re focused on what you love, the world will simply love you back for that. I truly believe this. Love is by far the strongest emotion you can put back into the world and the way things are going in our world today, I think it’s the primary emotion that’s needed right now. That combined with a healthy permission to play and seek joy is really the best way to live life.
As we head into another weekend, I’m exhausted as ever from a very busy week. A million things have happened over the past several days and I’m looking forward to taking a little break. But I was so happy to paint something today before heading into my evening. And that little joy is what gets me through almost every day. As a kid, I know my mother was dealing with quite a lot. I had so many dreams and so many things that I wanted to accomplish. I can only imagine that raising me was an exhausting endeavour. But I’m driven not to succeed, but to make some sort of difference. And even as I slowly type this, feeling the last bit of energy drain from my body, I hope that I’m on the path to doing just that. I just want to bring a bit of good into this world and make people smile. I think, in the end, that’s always been my goal. Even on days like today, when I’m left simply feeling like a ripe banana.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Azo Yellow, Pyrrol Red, Dioxazine Purple, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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