Today, we have coins as a prompt, since even a few coins as a kid felt like getting bits of gold. I remember counting my pennies and the most amazing shiny quarters to see if I had enough money to buy something all by myself. It was a real sense of empowerment to be able to make a purchase without having to ask Mom for the money first. Even the smallest thing in the world was made more incredible because it was something I made happen. I still keep a coin jar around today, but it’s mostly there to catch loose coins in my pocket on the rare days I actually carry cash, and then later used for bus fare. Not quite like the candies and toys of my youth. But each time I look at it, it brings back all of those memories of a time when coins could make dreams come true. The thing is, this is still true for many children everywhere in this world, so that’s why I founded World Watercolor Month in support of arts education. I hope you’ll join me and artists around the globe in July once again! It’s early, but mark your calendars now and join me for the 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge in July! A non-profit event to support The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and get arts supplies to kids who need them. Our future artists!
Though collecting coins as a child was fun, as an adult, I find myself counting dollars instead, and recently had to replace the transmission on our one and only car. Perhaps, this is why I often look back to childhood! I didn’t even know what a transmission was back then, and today, I barely know still. But, like everything in life, if you smile your way through it, things always work out just fine. I’m an eternal optimist as many of you know. I think that life is always good and wonderful when we take a moment to appreciate the simple and fabulous things that it offers. Tonight, for example, Philippe made a lovely spring risotto and it was incredibly delicious. In that moment, I was filled with joy and that’s the very kind of moment that I know matters most. No matter what happens in life, these ridiculously simple moments with the ones we love are the moments that count. All of my dreams and wishes take a back seat to that thrilling time when I can just enjoy something wonderful with someone I love. Sure, it was a delicious dinner, but nothing too complex. It strikes me that experiencing a bit of nothing with someone who’s everything to you is definitely the most incredible thing in the world.
And, this is why I’m just really happy all of the time. Bad things come my way, sure, but I just can’t give them that much attention. I have a very short attention span in general, after all. So, if something is going to claim my precious attention span, it has to matter to my heart. I’ve learned that although my mind spins in way too many directions at once, my heart is much more reliable. I can always trust it to point me in the right direction. And even when that direction seems odd or unproven, I follow what my heart tells me. Life as an adult is far more complex than we ever had to deal with when we were kids. But, our younger selves got something precisely correct. Our dreams and wishes are not something that we should ever ignore. Back then, we all felt empowered to become something amazing and I contend that we all still hold that power today. The one benefit of being a grownup is that you can now make all of those childhood dreams come true! It’s just a bit of collected magic and chasing those impossible dreams that can make it happen, like collecting coins in jar.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Vermilion, Cobalt Turquoise, and Indigo and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. 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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