For our prompt of “Seal” today, I did a little sketch of a baby harbor seal. There’s just something about those little spots that some of them have that I find rather cute. Indeed, I often struggle with sketching seals and sea lions because I always want to turn them into a dog. I’ve far more familiar with the general anatomy of dogs. So, I watched a video of a little baby harbor seal playing on the beach and it was quite adorable. The little guy was just thrilled with everything around him and kept flopping to one side and the next and rolling around in the sand. It’s this same feeling of excitement that I always want to bottle up and carry around with me each day. I’ve been quite busy lately and it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed or just plain exhausted. Seeing that little seal bounce around with joy and then stop to stare at something with pure wonder was a wonderful reminder to live life in the very same way.
Last night when I went for a walk with Philippe and Phineas, I ended up tripping on a bit of sidewalk that was crumbling. Though I didn’t go flying to the ground, I did mess up my foot a bit and have spent the day with it elevated and on ice. I was so bummed when it happened, as I’m now going to be hobbling around for a few days, but it’s already starting to feel a bit better, at least. It’s actually surprising that this sort of thing doesn’t happen to me more as I’m really quite clumsy. As I was watching that little seal today I was reminded of my own impetuous and clunky movements. I would like to think that I’m quite graceful, but the reality is far different. I tend to pay very little attention to where I’m walking as I’m constantly paying attention to everything else around me. I think this time it was a little rabbit that distracted me in that pivotal moment. But, the little thing was just so darn cute.
When I do these clumsy things both Philippe and Phineas stop and stare at me with a certain level of incredulity. I can’t really blame them as one would think someone my age would have somehow mastered the fine art of walking by now. And as much as I’d like to think this will be a little lesson for me, I will resume my joyfully bouncing around in all directions as soon as I’m fully healed. As I was on the couch today with my leg up, Phineas came up and cuddled up next to me. This is quite rare for him to do as he tends to prefer a lot of alone time, so I found it rather sweet. Well, in truth, I was actually using his dog bed to elevate my foot, so he really didn’t have much of a choice. But, I like to believe he really wanted to be there. And Philippe has been quite sweet considering I’ve lost a bit of my usefulness around the house. Indeed, I can’t quite imagine what it must be like for him to actually be married to a baby seal.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). 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!