We don’t have any candy in the house at the moment to sketch, because it mysteriously disappeared as it often does. Since I always fail to have more than one bite before it’s all suddenly gone, I can be safely ruled out as a suspect. This only leaves Philippe and our dog Phineas. The latter prefers things made of meat, so the culprit becomes rather obvious in this mystery. But, when I was growing up, candy was an equally rare treat in any form. Whether it was the orange slices my mother adored, but only had around occasionally, or a candy apple like this one that only made its appearance at the local fair. Speaking of fairs, when we were shopping at Aldi the other day, I saw a kit for making funnel cakes and tried to talk Philippe into getting it, but he just looked at me blankly, licked his lips like a “yum!” emoji and walked away. I also purchased jelly beans recently that claimed to be all natural and got away with it my telling Philippe I would take it to work to share with my team. I did so, and after having a couple of beans I came back to find the bag completely empty. So, apparently, my bad luck when it comes to candy is not limited to home. But even those few jelly beans were glorious!
And maybe it’s all for the best. I probably shouldn’t have much candy at my age. It’s something meant for younger people who still have a thriving metabolism. But, I refuse to rule out anything entirely if it brings me joy. It’s all a matter of moderation. Especially when the thing that brings you joy can also bring a change is waist size. And I was an odd kid. Which is something one says assuming anything has changed in adulthood, and it really hasn’t. When it came to a candy apple covered in peanuts, I just wanted the peanuts and the apple bits. I like both of those things a lot so the candy was just sort of in the way. Another form of candy that I did enjoy a lot was cotton candy. This, I would only have on an annual visit to the circus. I’m quite sure it must have existed in other places, but that’s the only time I was allowed to have it, so I’ve always associated the two. Philippe and I only go out to eat once a week for lunch on Saturday and usually to a favorite restaurant that’s very upscale, but very affordable when you go at lunchtime. We always get dessert and their lime cake comes with a bit of cotton candy on top. The odd bit is they don’t use a coloring of any kind and sprinkle it with crumbled dry avocado leaves. This upscale version looks like a bit of actual cotton covered in dirt and is rather unsettling, but it’s still perfectly delicious.
I adore little moments like these that are unique and special. I mentioned yesterday that I hit publish on a new book and I wish I had some candy to celebrate. By the way, I always mention the publish bit because it’s so cathartic, but it takes a moment for the book to actually appear. If you’re curious, I decided to make my instructional book like an activity book that I had as a kid! This felt more like me, and something I could contribute in my own unique and admittedly crazy way. So, if you’re interested, the very first Sketching Stuff Activity Book is available now on Amazon.com! (though the “Look Inside” preview won’t arrive probably until tomorrow). It’s a 72-page full color book of fun activities for all ages and skill levels to Scribble, Doodle, Color with me! The first theme is “Nature” thanks to our recent Flora & Fauna art challenge. In it, I share many of my little tricks of making a quick little doodlewash and you can make your own doodles right in the book, though the watercolor activities at end will require your own watercolor paper. It’s a book meant to get adults to reconnect with their inner child and therefore magically also works for people of any age to not so much learn, but simply remember how to draw and paint. At least that’s how I envisioned it. It’s probably just another one of those sweetly rare and unusual things that at the very least, can bring back those wonderful childhood memories of candy apple moments.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Blue, and Terra Cotta. Sharpie Pen in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Photo Reference: Evan-Amos. 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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