Since I’ve already sketched escargot previously, I figured I’d just do a snail and food pairing for today’s answer to the prompt. I didn’t have much time, so choosing something this ridiculously complex was probably not a wise option. But, I never usual let rational decisions hold me back in life and just prefer to run on sheer impulse. Sort of like this snail attacking an innocent strawberry. Truthfully, I feel like this week I’ve been running at a snail’s pace. I’m not sure why, but it seems like I’m always running behind and can never quite get caught up with all the things I have to do. Granted, all things are relative and it makes me wonder if a snail ever feels like he’s moving slowly. I’m sure it’s possible. And this thought gives me some comfort. Tonight, I’m hoping to relax a bit and just lean into this snail mentality. Seriously, they seem to know exactly how to take life easy and enjoy it as it comes.
This is also a perfect example where my sudden impulse produces a doodlewash that produces no particular story in my mind. I’m staring at a mollusc having a snack and wondering how on earth it that image appeared there. But I think that’s been the fun part of this art journey. Some days I might plan something that’s been weighing on my mind and other days I just let the pen and brush take me wherever they want. Either way, the joy of having made anything at all is always a win. Taking that blank page of my sketchbook and adding something that wasn’t there before is really main goal. And the fact that I’ve done it daily, without fail, since I began is quite a victory. For 663 consecutive days, I’ve managed to doodlewash something and post it here for you to see. That’s asking quite a lot of you really. I mean, honestly, I’m sure some days you’re like, enough already! But see, I simply can’t stop. It’s become something that I must do each day.
It occurred to me that I’ve almost moved from habit to pure instinct. Grabbing for my pen and brush has become as natural as breathing. It’s becoming part of who I am. Not making something would make me feel like I’m not quite a whole person. This might sound a bit insane, but I think it’s more just the same drive that many artists feel. That need to create isn’t something that you can or should control. It’s a passion that should always be allowed to flourish and a feeling that should only ever be embraced. Though we might question many things about life, when it comes to creativity, it’s really just life itself. So, whether I find myself rushing or moving at a pace I wished would go faster, I enjoy each and every moment. I’m not trying to make a masterpiece, but just letting my instinct take me to the next place. Attracted to whatever moves me most, like a snail and a strawberry.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Red Orange, Sennelier Red, Phthalo. Green Pale, Phthalocyanine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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