Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with Swiss Army knives, so that popped into my head and became the doodlewash for today. For those following along, I’m still using just 3 colors and today we have Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. I was also wanting to try something difficult and with the tons of gadgets on this thing it seemed to fit the bill. But it’s precisely all the amazing little devices attached to this wonder that make it so magical. I couldn’t pass by one as kid without wanting it, and finally one day, I got one of my very own. Of course, as soon as I did, I just started noticing how many gadgets mine was missing. I would long for that next model up, never knowing, of course, what I would actually do with all those features and how I would ever pocket something the size of a large eclair.
But it was really just the possibility that enthralled me. The idea that I had the ability to cut, trim, file, screw, hook and tweeze, should I ever need to do those things, was intoxicating. That said, my treasure spent most of the time in my pocket and rarely ever got used. I lived in the suburbs, rarely went camping, and could simply use normal scissors when the situation called for it. It occurred to me that this is similar to how I am as an adult. I get so excited by the possibilities of what I could do, that I sometimes forget that I could also stop dreaming and simply just do them. It’s like our minds become a sort of Swiss Army knife, filled will incredibly useful and amazing things, but for the life of us, we can’t seem to ever make up our minds to take them out and use them.
All those dreams I keep having of things I’d love to do someday are starting to stack up. So, I remembered what I used to do as a kid. Back then, I wanted to prove to myself the Swiss Army knife was something I actually needed and decided to find a way to use a different gadget each day. At that time, it was more as proof to my mother that I had maxed out those features and definitely deserved the large eclair version. But today, it’s simply making the most of the talents I have and pursuing those dreams I’ve only been thinking about. Simply taking it one dream at a time. Perhaps, one day, I’ll have tried all the gadgets at my disposal, or perhaps not. But one thing is certain, it’s a lot more fun than just keeping them in my pocket.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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