We’ve made it to the very end of this month’s art challenge, and what better way to end a month of smiles than with a bit of dessert. Or in my case, an entire cake that I hoped would be enough to entice my partner Philippe to make a real one. Though I did receive a “yum” reaction from him, suffice it to say, we still won’t be having dessert this evening so this one remains another fantasy. Still trying to return to an appropriate summer weight. But, I’m thrilled to have sketched my way through another month and excited to begin again for our June Art Challenge of Outdoor Fun! I hope many of you will be joining me, or at least jumping in whenever you can. It’s way more fun to paint and sketch together, and it’s so enjoyable and inspiring to see what people come up with to share during the month. And June is, of course, just a warm up for the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days when World Watercolor Month returns in July! Don’t miss it this year! There are so many incredible things coming and it’s definitely going to be the most amazing month for watercolor ever! Actually, when you think about it, it’s like the year’s best dessert!
It’s been unseasonably warm here and Philippe and I awoke yesterday to find our air conditioning wasn’t working as intended. Trying to get someone out to provide a bit of service during a heat wave is a challenge in itself. Thankfully, we found someone who came out and solved the issue today, which involved replacing a capacitor, something that is still a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve never been a “fix-it” kind of guy when it comes to homes. They’re like a complex living organism with too many moving parts to ever possibly understand. Me and my home live together in a roughly symbiotic relationship until that moment when something fails to work and I’m left scrambling to think of what I’m supposed to do next. There are many who excel at domesticity and can even fix their own appliances. I’m not one of them. Even when a notably exhausted visiting repairman talks me through the problem during my “learning moment” my mind dissolves it all as soon as he’s gone and moves on to other more interesting things. Our house is now slowly moving from hell to heaven and, I’m just happy to be looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
The funny thing about bad things happening is that when they are resolved, the good thing is more cherished than ever. Perhaps that’s why I never really fret too much over anything that happens in life. Sure, things we don’t like may occur, but if we simply push through it there’s always a wonderful and positive finale. The truth is, life likes to be positive in it’s most natural state. That’s where everything always returns to at some point or another. We can choose to give bad moments too much credit than they deserver or simply wait a bit, until our real destiny reveals itself and yes, the real one is always rather fantastic. This is how I choose to approach life. There’s simply too much good to be found to ever let the bad trump it. Perhaps it’s my own naivety talking, but I simply must believe that life will always sort itself out somehow. Sure, I’m a dreamer, but I don’t think there’s any harm in thinking that all good things end with dessert.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen 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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