Today’s prompt of “saturation” to an artist can mean intense color, but to an artist who’s scrambling to get everything done in a day, it has another meaning. The definition of saturation is a state or process that occurs when nothing more can be absorbed, combined or added. As we close out the week, this rather describes my current mental state, so it seemed fitting to head in this direction. I’ve no idea how I set upon this image to illustrate the concept. I guess you could say that if sometimes life is a bowl of cherries, there might also be times when life feels like a plastic cup stuffed with too many cherry tomatoes. An odd metaphor to be sure, but still optimistic as cherry tomatoes are quite delicious. But some days just feel a bit hectic, making the weekend all the more welcome. Even on the busiest of days, though, I will always find a moment to sketch something. It’s better therapy than (and brace yourself as this will sound shocking) even the wine I’m about to drink.
Yes, a day without a doodlewash would be a bad day indeed. Busy days can be stressful, but nothing I can’t handle. If I didn’t have that little moment of break to create something, though, I wouldn’t be happy. Sure, I “made” deadlines and “made” emails today, but I didn’t make anything that was simply done for the pleasure of it until my little moment to paint. When I plop my butt down at the edge of my kitchen counter after I get home from work, I like to think of it as my recharging station. It’s like I’d gone into “low power” mode and plugged in just in time before losing all of my power. It’s magical! And just 20-45 minutes later, I’ve reached full power and am ready to enjoy my evening without any of the stress of the day. This is amazing. I’m actually not sure why doctors seem to love resort to pharmaceuticals when they could simply prescribe watercolor! Though the poster in the office might look odd saying: “Don’t pop a Valium! Just paint something!”
And yet, it’s so true. In spite of a crazy day, coming home to take a bit of time to doodlewash something makes me incredibly happy. Oh, I’ll still have that glass of wine, but I’ll enjoy it just a little bit more than usual. Painting is something that comes from the heart and therefore it always has the power to heal our stresses and power us up! Looking at my subject matter now, I find it perfectly ridiculous in response to this prompt, but that’s part of the fun of this month. Perhaps during it, you’ll get a terrifying glimpse into how my mind really works. But I hope that whatever you discover will be something intriguing and interesting. Something that, indeed often begun with the stress of the day, ends with nothing but a whole lot of love. And the fact that you’ve read this post to the end makes me feel incredibly loved. A warm feeling that lets me know you’re in this journey with me. And one that brings a new meaning to feeling saturated.
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