Today, we have a vegetable that I never once remember having as a kid in this little doodlewash of Brussels sprouts. As an adult, they look like little miniature cabbages, but as a kid they really just looked like little green alien brains. Something weird and not even resembling a food option. But today, I’m a total fan of these little buds, particularly if you happen to roast them a bit and toss them together with a little pancetta and cranberries. What once was completely off-putting is now a wonderful signal that autumn has returned. My knowledge of these little treats was so limited as a child I didn’t even know they grew on large stalks. Seeing them sold that way in Trader Joe’s still seems rather awesome and strange.
I love that as I get older, I tend to like nearly all kinds of food. Thankfully, this includes healthy options and more vegetables. Perhaps our bodies know that our metabolism is slowing down and help us along by craving things that we might have previously ignored. Whatever the reason, eating as adult has become a wonderful and pleasurable experience. The only food allergy I have is mango, so pretty much everything else is a dinner option. And I love it all. From the least healthy option to those rare and wonderful nutritious options bearing the name of Superfood. They say as people age you can become rather set in your ways, but food proves that my mind is continually opening with each season.
And when you’re an artist, you really can’t help but keep an open mind. Each day brings something new to paint and observations that you feel like you’re discovering for the first time. As I look at all the fabulous art created by members of our World Watercolor Group I’m ridiculously inspired to try new things. So much wonderful variety and interesting ways to approach painting. Part of me wants to try to sample them all, but that’s probably not possible. What I do know, is that I’ve formed a new appreciation for styles, colors, and concepts that I never thought to explore. Surprised by what I see and loving each little moment. Just like the food I enjoy, I’m developing new tastes each and every day. And it’s a wonderful thing indeed.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Olive Green, Phthalo. Green Light, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!