Today marks the beginning of a new art challenge and a brand new adventure! This month is focused on painting different types of textures, which is something a little bit different and kind of tough sometimes when it comes to watercolor. When I built a prompts list for this one, I had no idea how easy it would be to find enough different textures to fill the month! Some of them overlap a tiny bit, but they are all quite distinct. We’re kicking things off with “glossy,” a texture that is actually a combo of shiny and smooth. And a pinch of difficult, apparently, as this was tougher than I thought. I chose cherries to begin this month as they always make me happy, because of the childhood memories that I’ll explain in the rest of this post. But, they also seemed to fit the bill for glossy and were a good way to challenge myself while kicking things off for the month.
Whenever I think of cherries, my mind always goes back to when I was a kid. My mom was a huge Erma Bombeck fan and the incredibly fun book, If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? , sat for many years on the coffee table. I loved Bombeck’s wit and humor and loved even more that my mother shared that same sense of humor. It made growing up so much fun. I had friends with “serious parents” and that always made me a bit sad for them. When it came to being a member of our household, life was always just a joke, but one of those jokes you really loved to tell. Nothing was considered sacred or off-limits when it came to conversations and that kept life interesting and full of surprises. And best of all, full of laughter, which is probably the most important thing in the world.
I remember one friend’s mother who I never once saw laugh. It was creepy. So, I assumed it was a forced state of composure she adopted in public and that she would giggle to herself privately later, while reading an Erma Bombeck book once the kids were gone. At least, I had to assume that must be true. It would have been horrible to think that someone went through life without seeing the humor of it all. Life is perfectly ridiculous and that’s exactly why it’s so fantastic. It’s not about seeing the world for what you imagine it should be, but viewing it just as it is. Bizarre, even sometimes meaningless, and always incredibly funny. I’ve always cherished the fact that I don’t take life too seriously. In the end, there’s very little point. It’s not a serious thing, it’s a beatifully ludicrous series of events that if I look at them just right, will still make me giggle. If that doesn’t work, I’ll just think of that back to the wise observations of Erma Bombeck. And cherries always make me smile.
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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Red Orange, Sennelier Red, Indian Yellow, Phthalocyanine Blue, Phthalo. Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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