As I left the house this morning to head to France, filled with the usual stress that comes with travel, there was one bright spot and that was leaving my car keys behind. I’ve mentioned before how I rather hate driving, so it’s a wonderful feeling that over the next couple of weeks, I’ll never have to worry about doing it. Sure, public transportation has its own issues, but at least I can distract myself from those issues by sketching or playing a game on my phone. It’s like a poor man’s limo, to be sure, but anything that lets me avoid getting behind the wheel of a car still feels amazing. I’m additionally looking forward to a lot more walking which will help balance out the baguettes, cheese, and wine that I’ll be consuming whenever humanly possible.
I made the doodlewash while leaving the house, but am currently writing this just before my plane leaves for Paris. We’ve just zoomed through Washington Dulles until finally finding our next plane, which is thankfully much larger and sturdier than the tiny balsa wood plane that got us this far. It now occurs to me that I’m offline and will need to get online quickly if there’s any chance of you actually seeing it. Though, admittedly, a tirade on the horrors of driving paired with a 15 minute doodlewash may not be worth the trouble. But, old habits die hard and I was still determined to sketch and write something today. Missing a day at this point, regardless of the circumstances would feel like a little loss. So you get some car keys and bit of mindless drivel while I get the satisfaction of keeping my daily art habit. You’re welcome.
I’m about to have a lovely dinner in a box with tiny accoutrements wrapped like little gifts in separate pieces of plastic. Paired with a tiny bottle of wine, of course, to elevate the mystery dish to the level of comical cuisine. Hoping it’s French wine and not something normally served in a box as well, but really, any wine will do at this point. Truthfully, I love these little meals as they signal the start of a new adventure ahead. We’ve made no plans on this trip other than seeing our friends and family, so each day will be a lovely little surprise. One thing is certain, I’ll be taking it one glorious day at a time and sketching whenever I can. Au revoir!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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