Since it’s insanely cold here, today’s prompt is rather fitting. Just stepping outside for a few moments and I feel much like this bit of tree must feel when coated in a layer of ice. Philippe and I ventured outside for lunch, but any bit of walking down the street involved getting a burst of arctic air in our faces. This was probably a good thing, as we’ve been in a super lazy mode thanks to the holiday break, so the cold helped to wake us up a bit. I do love seeing the trees dressed in a thin layer of ice. They sparkle and shine in a way that makes the air seem filled with glitter and magic. That last bit sounds more like I’ve described a unicorn on the front of little girl’s notebook, but you get the idea. There’s just a day left of this year, and though I’m excited for 2018, I’m hoping the time moves slowly as I’m thoroughly enjoying this little break from work. I was planning to accomplish many productive things, but then realized doing too many of those sort of things defeated the purpose of a vacation entirely.
I’ve discovered an amazing amount of ways to kill time while doing relatively nothing at all. It’s almost an art form in itself. At least that’s what I tell myself. In truth, my biggest accomplishment this week has been taking out the trash and performing an uncanny impersonation of a sloth. But I think I truly did needed this little bit of a break and will return to work refreshed with a newfound envy of sloths everywhere. I don’t have to jump back in right away as my office is closed Tuesday as well. Philippe has to go back then though, so it will be just Phineas and me enjoying one last day of blissful laziness. Though I have promised to finish that illustrated cookbook we started last month. It was far more ambitious than I expected, but that’s true of nearly every crazy plan I set out to do. For the next couple of days, though, I’m still on the current plan which involves lots of playing with my Christmas toys and avoiding anything that feels too boring and adult.
As Philippe and I were out today, we went to a little shop and were sadly reminded that Christmas is indeed over. Though we complain that it now seems to come well before Halloween, it’s a bit sad to see shops at this time of year. The sparkle and glitter that once adorned the windows is replaced by 50-70% off signs and an interior that looks barren and confused. After a steady stream of holidays and knowing just what sort of things to sell, stores get a little lost in January. Some will move their fitness items to the front for a couple of weeks as that’s about the extent of time people truly commit to that resolution. Then they’ll set up for Valentine’s Day, which doesn’t really count as a true holiday. It’s just taking a bunch of items and desperately spraying them red and pink to make single people feel lonely. So, I’m just going to enjoy these final hours of the most amazing season ever, letting the clock tick by slowly. There’s a fresh new year ahead, but for now, I’m going to let time stand still and enjoy the ethereal comfort of sparkling with possibility while doing nothing much at all, like a tree, covered in ice.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Benzimida Orange, 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!