Today, for our prompt of “Pies,” I was running well behind and was truly just getting totally distracted by the thought of actually eating a piece of pie. I attempted to get Philippe to bake one, but he just smiled at me in that friendly way that politely says “No” while, at the same time, effectively killing dreams. Since, I didn’t have a pie to sketch from, I found a reference for a cherry pie and added a fork. Actually, in my haste, I lost my original pie reference and had to make things up from memory. This is, in the end, a pure fantasy dessert. What strikes me is that after all of this time, I can finally render many things from memory and that’s quite a milestone. After days and days of carefully studying details of various objects many have been emblazoned into my visual memory now. Sure, food has probably left the biggest imprint as I just adore all types of food. But, give me a piece of pie in the summer and I’m a happy camper. That’s just an expression, as I haven’t been camping years, but I’m happy nonetheless. I was talking with friends today about camping and we all agreed that the best part is the evening you first arrive and sit around the campfire. Waking up to a new morning, without a proper shower, was a bit less alluring. But, if there was cherry pie for breakfast, I would be in heaven!
I actually loved key lime pie best as a kid, and still adore it as an adult. But any fruit will do when it comes to pies and I don’t like to discriminate. From blueberry to raspberry to cherry, I go gaga for pies of any kind. Though I teased about Philippe denying me a pie, in truth, they’ve always been rather rare. When I was growing up, we’d only ever have pie at family gatherings, so I think that’s why I love pie so much. It’s that rare treat that’s practically synonymous with family in my life. I do, of course, have the patience of a 5-year old, and I don’t like waiting for my next treat. Just like I don’t like waiting for big wet washes of watercolor to dry, so tend to use less water in the process. But, the very thing that makes something a treat is its rarity and elusiveness. We don’t typically, for example, feel that same feeling when it comes to something like breathing. If we didn’t, we’d die, so it’s just something that’s meant to happen. But, when it comes to pies and things of the sort, it’s a special event. At least, for most of us. I guess people could eat pies every day and in this particular moment I’m just rather jealous of those people.
But, for me, pies and desserts are rare so they always command my attention when they appear. It’s like coming face to face with a unicorn. Only, yeah, you probably shouldn’t eat that unicorn when you see it, so that’s a rather disquieting analogy. Suffice it to say that the things we do the least are often the most precious. Even though I sketch and color with watercolor each and every day, it’s just a very small piece of my day. So, each time I do so, it feels like the biggest treat I could imagine. And that’s why I always tell others to sketch and color each day. It’s a truly wonderful experience! And, I’m referring to just playing in a sketchbook, not the creation of that next painted masterpiece. My art world isn’t the school, but simply the playground. I’m a sketchbook guy, who one day might attempt that grand painting, but who’s quite content just having a bit a fun each day at the moment. And even if you are chasing that next grand painting or writing a novel, it’s always good to take a break and just play. While I’m sure that recess at school was invented simply to let children work off some of that extra energy, I think the same idea applies to adults. Taking a break to play is something every human should enjoy. But, most of you know I have a silly and simplistic view of life filled with an insatiable amount of optimism. Yet, wouldn’t it be wonderful to just imagine for a moment that life was nothing more than a cherry pie fantasy.
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