Tonight we’re about to have some cauliflower soup, so that’s the soup that came to mind for today’s prompt. Since the soup isn’t quite ready yet, we simply have a doodlewash of the primary ingredient. Though elaborate recipes can often be delicious, sometimes the simplest of ingredients can make the perfect dish. For example, this little illustration uses just 3 colors to get the idea across. And when it comes to cauliflower, I’m definitely a fan. Roasted in the oven, turned into a pizza crust or pummeled into a soup, it’s versatile and amazing. That said, the initial smell while cooking it is a bit pungent, but the end result is always delicious. This is another of those many vegetables that I wrote off as “old people food” as a kid. Now that I am officially an “old people” I can finally enjoy it properly. Actually, to a kid, I’m a “really old people.” At that point in my life, when I thought of “old people,” I was referring to my teachers who were often in their 20’s. These days, the numbers have reversed and I look at someone in their 60’s and think, wow, they’re still so young!
It’s fun how time has a way of changing how you see the world. But still, I wake each day filled with a bit of wonder in it all. I know I’ve only learned enough to be dangerous in life and there’s still much more to experience and learn. I think the first day I wake up and feel like I know what’s going to happen next or even have an idea of what life is all about in the first place, is the moment I’ll truly feel old. Thankfully, I doubt that will ever happen. Oh don’t get me wrong, I can still get perturbed by “these kids today” and shake my invisible walking stick in their general direction. But while I’m getting irritated, I’m also rather intrigued by those things that I don’t quite understand. New habits, new technologies, and new ways of interacting can feel daunting, but when you jump in, you realize it’s not really all that different than when you were a kid. Your parents looked on with the same thoughts and wondered just what the hell it was you saw in that new fad or trend.
Looking back, I’m not sure I ever stopped to think about what I saw in those things that captivated me. I think stepping back to judge them is purely an adult habit. When you’re young, you just jump in and focus on the experience itself without trying to analyze it. It’s fun. End of story. I guess, for me, I think that’s still a pretty damn good way to approach life. I’m not smart enough to know all the answers, but I am smart enough to know when I should stop asking questions. Sometimes, life is just about the experience and nothing more. Many times, I have absolutely no clue why I sketched a thing that I chose. I’ve equally no clue what will appear here tomorrow. I’ve not even looked at the prompt yet, and have already forgotten what I put on the list. No, I’d rather be surprised. That’s what makes me the happiest in life. And probably why, when there are complex and amazing things buzzing around me each day, I can be equally fascinated by a simple bowl of cauliflower soup.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Terra Cotta, Leaf Green, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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!