For today’s prompt of “water,” I kept it ink-free and also with a limited palette again, just introducing a bit of yellow. I realize now that I have painted lime water quite a few times, but it’s a bit more interesting than just the plain liquid both on paper and in reality. During the warm summer months, I drink a lot of water. When our refrigerator broke down a few years ago, I was not happy about it at first. Then, I discovered it was an opportunity to get a new one with front door water service. The one we got had to fit in the same space that was built for the house so it’s ridiculously large and therefore usually half empty. Because of its gigantic size, we started referring to it as the “food temple.” It slowly lights up when you open the doors, glowing from the inside like one of those movies where someone opens a treasure chest. But it’s the outside that is the most amazing. The filtered water that comes out of the tap on the door has now been dubbed “magic water” for its impossibly clean and pure taste. Yeah, if you ever come visit, you’ll require a quick tutorial first to learn the proper names for things.
I’m not sure why we tend to rename things so much in our house. Nearly everything gets some sort of nickname. It’s as though the pedestrian names simply aren’t enough to describe them. Often it’s just a little descriptor added before the “normal” name, but sometimes it’s something else entirely. As if English and French weren’t enough languages in one house, we had to invent yet another. I honestly can’t mention many of them here as they would sound either completely bizarre or amazingly inappropriate. Suffice it to say, words are an interesting thing indeed and in many instances the most fitting words for this thing or that thing simply haven’t been invented yet. So we make them up. The owl in the nearby cemetery that torments our dog is referred to as the “hoo hoo monster,” because it just seems far more fitting. I guess it’s not that odd for creative people. If we can choose our colors that we want to represent something, then why not choose words to do the same thing?
By the way, I’ve been in full on invention mode lately as I tackle all the new features I’m adding to this site as well. Thanks in advance for your patience as I get all the kinks works out. I’ll be announcing all the new features soon, once I’m more certain things are working as they should. In my head, I’ve given many names to the setbacks I’ve been experiencing, and several are too inappropriate to share. But overall, things are looking great and I’m super excited about what’s coming next. The little kid in me always has such big plans and I can’t possibly say no to him. So, I keep dreaming big and when the words for what’s happening escape me, I’ll continue to simply make them up. That’s the beauty of being a creative person. You don’t have to follow the convention, norms and other limitations that many people hold absolute. You can bend the rules and make your own reality. It’s amazing to try new things and when you do, it’s entirely possible that the words you know can’t describe them. When this happens, just make up new ones and and you might just find yourself drinking magic water.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Yellow, Ultramarine Blue and Neutral Tint. Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor 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!