Though I can’t actually be on the beach, our prompt for today, I can dream about being there vicariously through this happy little crab. I assume he’s happy, it’s rather hard to tell with a crab. I also tried some new colors on this one, so it was a chance to play a bit. The weather here today is ridiculously hot so Philippe and I have been hiding indoors. Our dog Phineas who loves the heat, however, is in heaven, albeit via the temperature of hell, and insists on going outside periodically to lay in the sun. About every 10 minutes, he insists on coming back in for a drink and to cool off, and then wants to head right back out again. He’s there again now and literally looks like he’s melted into the ground, so I might have to pry him up with a spatula this time, but he does seem incredibly content. Once the evening shade arrives, Philippe and I might attempt to join him, but for now, we’re far more comfortable indoors. And we’ve nearly reached the half way point for World Watercolor Month, so now’s a great time to celebrate with some free samples, so please read on!
Today, I have some lovely samples to give away from Official World Watercolor Month Sponsor Winsor & Newton. This one is only open to residents of U.S./Canada, so if you’re located elsewhere, please click here to see our latest International Giveaways (and more will be launching this week!). If you live in the U.S. or Canada and would like a 5×7 sample of Winsor & Newton professional watercolor paper and a professional watercolor 6 color dot card, simply add the comment “I love Winsor & Newton!” to let me know as you comment below. The first 10 eligible folks to do so will receive one! (just be sure to also watch for my comment back confirming as I’ll be giving you a link to my contact form to send me your address!). It’s been a wonderful and exciting month so far, and there’s much more to come! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, the heart of our celebration. You can also give by purchasing souvenirs in our shop, where 100% of proceeds go to Dreaming Zebra (these special items are ONLY available in July, so make sure you get them now!).
As we head into the evening, Philippe and I are going to have a champagne toast since France won the World Cup today, exactly 20 years after their last win! Our family in France has been sending us photos and videos today of the celebration there, so we figured we should join in remotely. I didn’t watch the game, as I don’t really watch sports, but I always love seeing throngs of people come together in pride and joy. It makes me happy. That’s why I love July each year when thousands of artists come together across the globe to share their pride in their watercolor art. It’s a shared pride like this that can bring us all together, forgetting all other differences and making the world a bit brighter and more hopeful. So, as I brave a heat wave summer that often keeps me trapped indoors, I can only smile with extreme joy. Life is rather beautiful and everything in it is worth celebrating. So, I’ll raise my glass in a toast to it all, and enjoy every wondrous little moment, like a happy crab on the beach!
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