When met with a prompt of “gigantic” today, I first thought of elephants, dinosaurs, and other really large things. Then I thought about how something can often seem gigantic when compared to its alternative. So, we ended up with a quick little two-color doodlewash of an old phone. This is the lovely rotary dial kind that I knew as a little kid. Today, our phones can do much more than make calls and fit in the pocket of our jeans. So, something like this, would certainly be considered gigantic for a phone by modern standards. Today, the phone is simply another app to click. But, back in the day, it was the only way to connect with friends and family who didn’t live close by. I love these old phones for that. It was a very different time back then. Today, people jump to Twitter to figure out why Facebook is down for a bit, and then worry when Instagram isn’t working properly. But in those olden days, the only way to connect with another person was actually “in person” or over the telephone. Just two options, versus the myriad of options that exist today. It wasn’t quite as efficient to be sure, but that made those connections even more unique and special.
I adore all of the ways we have to connect these days. It’s truly incredible, and sometimes, yes, even a bit mind-boggling. I try my level best to keep up with all of the various ways to connect and respond to comments, but sometimes, it’s a bit overwhelming. This is my home base, and I never miss a comment on Doodlewash.com, so if you ever have anything to say or ask me, definitely “call” me here! It’s a bit like having my home number! And probably more effective, since I don’t make many phone calls. My favorite way to connect is the most old-fashioned. It involves actually meeting someone for lunch or a cup of coffee and having a bit of one-on-one time. That’s the most amazing experience of all. As all of the gigantic gadgets from my childhood keep getting more impressive and smaller, I still long for those tangible connections. So, if I could invite each of you over for a lovely spot of tea or glass of wine, I would definitely do so! And, maybe one day, in the future, we might all meet in person in some Doodlewash convention of some kind. Until then, I’m so happy that you joined me in this moment.
And as we head into Thanksgiving tomorrow here in the States, I’m excited for the food Philippe will be making to celebrate the day. Truly, it’s a masterpiece of holiday cooking that always feels like it deserves a larger audience. It’s such a fun time, and having the rest of the week off work is a wonderful break indeed! I think Phineas will enjoy the extra time with us, but sometimes, I feel like we’re interrupting his day. After the first day off, he’ll look at us as if to say, “you’re still here? Don’t you have some work to do?” I’ve no idea what he does with his day when we’re out, but it must be rather important. And even though we won’t have the rest of our family with us tomorrow, since they’re not close by, they will definitely be close to our hearts. We’ll be seeing my family in December and Philippe’s in January when we head back to Paris. In moments like these, whether you spend them with family or simply take a moment to think about them fondly, it makes me smile to know that one of the best bits about life is that everything is relative.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Vermilion and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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!