One of the things I loved as a kid, that still thrills me as an adult, is looking for shapes in those clouds in the sky, our prompt for today. While I ponder my memories of this act, we will be inexplicably accompanied by this emu. I honestly wasn’t sure what proxy to use for a human imagining things in the sky, so an emu seemed like as good a choice as any. While I was outside on my lunch break at work today, I caught myself staring into the sky quite a lot, searching for all of the hidden things I could find there. It made me happy to know that even as a middle-aged man, clouds have never become just clouds to me. I can still see those bunny ears and that strange turtle there, slowly floating over to bump into that floating vintage telephone (it even has a curly cord!). Looking into the sky for me is always a calvacade of impossible creatures and crazy things. This is precisely why I can never take a meeting outdoors for fear of being hopelessly distracted. Honestly, I can’t always blame clouds as I tend to get hopelessly distracted in meetings all of the time. But staring up into an endless blue and white sea of imagination is always a fabulous thing indeed!
There are just four more days left of World Watercolor Month! Only three for some of you, depending on what part of the globe you inhabit. It’s been a thrilling month this year, filled with more watercolors circling the globe in celebration of the month than both of the previous years combined! Thanks to all of you who have participated in the month, and if you haven’t yet, there’s still time to donate to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. Or do so by purchasing awesome souvenirs in our shop! I mention this a lot, only because, they will seriously disappear on August 1st and will no longer be available. I get lots of people coming to ask me where they went, so please help me spread the word! Yep, they’ll be gone forever, so if you’ve been eyeing those limited editions pouches or other fun items, get them now! Just a little more than a couple years ago, I was just staring up into the clouds, imagining what it would be like to have the world come together and paint in a spirit of joyous celebration and charity for an entire month. Now I actually know, and it’s totally amazing! I hope you enjoyed the month and thanks so much for making that dream come true!
Looking for shapes in clouds is pretty much how I live most of my life. I stare past what’s actually there and look for something more, something a bit different and unusual. Looking at life literally can become so frustrating. Not everything seems to fit and sometimes, things don’t even seem very wonderful at all. But, when you don those eyes of your inner child, look past the obvious, and take a second glance, the world erupts into glorious color and possibility. Things that once seemed impossible or far too challenging to do, become simple and almost like nothing more than a fun game. If you’ve ever wondered why I show up each and every day, or how on earth I could do so, look no farther than your own inner child. I’m quite confident that she or he and I would get along famously. So please keep right on playing, painting, and drawing with me into August as we start a brand new challenge and adventure (back to drawings and sketches as well for this one, no watercolor required!). Don’t ever stop creating, and never ever let doubt make you pause. If you really want to create a daily art habit, you can totally DO this! It’s really nothing more difficult than pausing to look up, and imagining all of the thousands of possibilities floating by in those brilliant clouds in the sky.
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