When it comes to movies, my favorite is the one that’s served with a bowl of popcorn. I’ve enjoyed movies without this treat, of course, but they just don’t compare. We don’t make it out to the movie theatre very often. Unless it’s a huge spectacle that actually requires a large screen, we simply prefer to watch movies at home, away from crowds. Also, our popcorn is a much lighter variety, air-popped and lightly salted with a drizzle of olive oil. Admittedly, some of my favorite movies are animated. I’m still a big kid and sucker for a good Disney or Pixar movie. Though, admittedly, Disney seems to be reproducing everything they’ve ever made in live action now while Pixar makes sequels, but they have still created some of my favorite movies of all time. I think, Ratatouille would be at the top of the list. Barring the gross notion of rats in a kitchen, the uplifting message of “anyone can cook” is lovely. I’ve never given cooking serious attention to see if this is true, but I do strongly believe that “anyone can paint” so it’s a message that really resonates with me.
Perhaps my penchant for animated films is the same reason I also enjoy romantic comedies. I love happy endings. I’m impossibly optimistic, so I actually believe that these endings are more reflective of real life. There’s always something good to be found, even in the toughest of circumstances, if you simply allow yourself to see it. There’s that moment towards the end of every story, where the main character hits the lowest point. That place where all is lost and nothing seems like it going to work out. Then, suddenly, things change for the better and the hero ultimately get the very thing he always wanted. Okay, maybe in real life, there aren’t people breaking into song like a Disney musical, but honestly, how cool would that be? Either way, I believe that people have loved these stories for years, not because they’re a fantasy, but because at some point in our life, we’ve experienced the same thing. There was that moment when nothing seemed to work and then suddenly, everything changed for the better.
Maybe every low moment doesn’t have a perfect movie ending, but with just a little bit of creative thinking, it can always turn into something good again. At least, that’s what all those Disney movies I watched growing up taught me. When I first started painting, I was so excited and yet some days, felt like I had no real talent at all. But I knew, that if I just kept practicing things would change for the better. That even at my lowest point, my story would have a happy ending. And you’ll find every little painting I’ve ever made, right here on Doodlewash. I didn’t hide anything from you. Even if I thought it was rubbish, I posted it anyway. A great story has low moments and high moments. Not everything that happens is good, but good always triumphs over bad. Well, at least in the stories I prefer to tell, and the ones I prefer to watch, when I grab some popcorn to enjoy my favorite movie.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine 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!