So many fruits that we refer to as berries such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries aren’t technically berries at all. But foods we’d never refer to as a berry such as watermelon, eggplant, chili peppers, and these bananas, are actually the real thing. Thankfully, if you’re not a botanist, and simply someone who likes to eat, like myself, you can keep referring to all food in culinary terms. Like the word “vegetables,” which is strictly culinary and has no scientific value whatsoever, or “veggies,” which is the cuter term, has even less scientific value, and is often used by those who aren’t really in the habit of eating a lot of vegetables. I’m not really sure where I’m going with all of this, I just find little trivia like this fascinating. So much of what we think we know in life is actually something quite different. Which is probably why it’s always best to ignore what’s in our minds sometimes and simply choose to pursue life with a lot of heart.
Following your passion is one of the most exhilarating feelings in the world. Each time I discover something new that will become a lifelong or just a momentary obsession, I get almost a tingly feeling with the thrill of it all. Each day, I’m excited to hop out of bed and do whatever that new thing is. This feeling for photography and piano lessons lasted about 3 years each, which was a really good run. Painting and sketching has taken hold in a much deeper way, however, and I really can’t imagine ever stopping now. When it comes to art, the possibilities for exploration seem endless, sometimes to the point of being overwhelming, but always with something new waiting around the corner to try. And as silly as some of these little posts are, it’s been incredibly fun to write one each and every day. Or at least blurt out what comes to mind while typing, which is the only type of writing I really know how to do. Since I have no idea what I’ll end up creating, mostly because I’m horrible at planning anything, it’s been such an exciting journey.
After trying some experimentation with full-page paintings this month, you might have noticed that I still never strayed from my single subject without a lot of context in the background. I love letting the viewer add in that context themselves, without planting them into any specific location. Whether they do or don’t read my rambling text, they can always add whatever story they like when they view it. Hopefully, putting themselves in the story and reliving a memory. This is my style, done most often with the help of my fountain pen and a tiny tin of watercolors. And when it comes to painting, I break more rules than I follow. Not on purpose, but just because learning rules has never motivated me. I just want to play and paint knowing whatever comes out need only resemble the subject in question. Some may be awesome and some less than awesome, but they’re all part of my journey and part of my story. Some call them paintings and others call them sketches, but I know that these classifications are not quite accurate. To me, they’ll always just be doodlewashes. But in the end, it doesn’t matter, as classifications can often be confusing and unnecessary, like banana berries.
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