We’ve come to the end of our Sketching Like A Kid Again challenge in April and what better way to end things than with some cookies and milk. I remember how fun it was to enjoy an after school snack as a kid. This mostly consisted of an apple or a bit of cheese, but on very lucky occasions I’d get to enjoy some cookies. My mom would primarily make sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, and chocolate chip cookies in our house. Nothing terribly unique or unusual. For those cookies, we waited until the Girl Scouts came knocking so we could order something more exotic. Though, even then, I preferred the simple peanut sandwich cookies the most. Each day, when I get home from work, Philippe and I often have a little snack of some kind. It makes me feel like a kid again though it’s usually something very healthy and never, ever cookies. Not that I don’t beg for cookies, just as I did when I was a kid, but my efforts to date have not proven successful. He talked about making his own vanilla wafers and then said he was missing powered sugar, so I snuck some in during on a recent grocery visit. It didn’t work yet, and the bag is just sitting there in the cabinet like a waiting wish, but I still have hope.
A couple of years ago, we bought some fun cookie cutters in various holiday shapes. I ran across them the other day and they’re still brand new, having never been used. Apparently, in our house, just the thought of cookies is enough. As a kid, my favorite kind of cookie was really just about any of them, fresh out of the oven. I didn’t want to wait until they cooled properly and liked them best when they were a bit gooey. It’s not totally dissimilar to how I approach watercolor! I never quite let things dry like I should and so have just taken to using less water to compensate. Chocolate chip cookies are, I believe, the hands-down favorite cookie here in the Midwest, but my favorite type was a snickerdoodle. A chocolate chip cookie out of the oven was just a bit too gooey and messy for me. I did manage to get a cookie this weekend when Philippe and I went out to lunch. We split a smoked chocolate chip cookie that was totally awesome! Sometimes during experiences like this Philippe gets inspired to try his own version, but before that inspiration could sink in, he inexplicably decided he would like to make his own corn tortillas from now on instead.
As rare as cookies are in my world, I’m realizing now it’s been a very long time since I’ve had a glass of milk. Perhaps it’s because I associate the two, and without the cookie, there’s very little point. I’ve enjoyed this month of childhood memories, though I often talk about them, it was fun to play a bit when it comes to my sketching and try a few doodlewashes just a touch looser than my normal approach. Though it was nothing extreme, and it’s always tough to tell since our own style chases us down again no matter what medium we use or how we choose to play with it. And no matter what I’m creating, I always choose play and fun. I’m not a serious artist, as I’m not a very serious person. I’m lighthearted and insanely optimistic, so it’s practically impossible for me to be serious or even know what that really means. What I know is that I love life and I love to scribble, doodle, color, my way through it. I get such joy from creating something each day, so that’s why I’m literally always telling everyone I can to DO so as well! Making something each day doesn’t have to be difficult. Just think of it as gleefully showing up for an after school snack.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black 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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