For our prompt of “Coconut” today, I couldn’t decide between a mature coconut and a young one, so I just doodled both and threw in an orchid for a touch more color. I actually have the day off from work tomorrow, so this is equally how I’m kicking off my mini vacation. Okay, well, staycation as I can’t really go anywhere. In truth, getting a day off when you’re home all of the time anyway isn’t quite as remarkable. But, I’m determined to make it feel different and special, even if that just means sleeping in a little bit longer tomorrow morning. Truly, there’s something wonderful about not having to worry about what time you wake up. That said, my internal clock is well trained so no matter what time I go to sleep these days, I’m always awake at the exact same time. Yet, not having to actually get out of bed right away is the real treat. I can sit and read or just stare at the ceiling marveling at how wonderfully lazy I am. It’s really a wonderful way to start the day!
The reality of these current times is that routine has become even more of a routine. The truth is, there’s not that much that’s actually new happening around me these days. Philippe and I can’t go anywhere or see anyone so there’s really just the things we’re watching on television to report. In this moment, we’re watching episodes of How It’s Made. They’re currently talking about how coffee filters are made which is actually quite fascinating. Of course, getting one’s hands on a coffee filter these days might prove difficult since it’s a key ingredient for homemade masks. While it’s an interesting show in part, it swings wildly from everyday things people actually know exist to things most people have never heard of before. Instead of telling us about these new wonders that the majority of us had no clue ever needed to be made, they just jump right in and tell us how they are made anyway. I try to watch and care, but I just don’t have an emotional connection, so it’s hard to stay focused.
Philippe, however, doesn’t seem to need that and is fascinated by every little thing they’re showing us. He’s a scientist after all. Seeing his delight, I attempted to jump back in with interest, but without a that emotional context, I was still just left at a loss. I’ve never loved the technical aspects of things in general, but I do love learning about things that effect us on an emotional level. If it’s just something that serves a functional purpose, I quickly begin to lose interest. But if that function truly connects with an emotional human response, I’m all in! Perhaps that’s why I tend to love nature most. I love the natural world and how each little thing is so necessary on a visceral level. So many times, we simply can’t live without a piece of nature. As ever, I’ve no idea where I’m going with all of this and just thinking out loud. But, watching machines that man makes, always just makes me appreciate nature even more. And I’m going to be taking a break from the topical world this weekend, and instead, spend it dreaming of a tropical break.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (Vivid Pink), Leaf Green, Terra Cotta and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen (Broad Nib) with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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