Today is the first of the month and that always means the start of a brand new adventure here on Doodlewash! This month’s theme is Cornucopia!, and it’s all about celebrating the idea of an abundant harvest and all those things one might find in that classic goat’s horn from antiquity. Later this month, here in the States, we celebrate the ultimate food festival known as Thanksgiving, when gluttony abounds along with thankfulness and lots of napping. As for figs, when I was a kid, the only time I ever encountered this fruit was the package of Fig Newtons on the kitchen counter. I honestly didn’t know at the time what a real fig looked like, much less had the opportunity to actually taste one in its original form. To me, figs were nothing more than little square cookies with a weirdly dark and mysterious center filled with a gelatinous, slightly crunchy, and rather delicious substance. I loved them. While other kids were requesting chocolate chip cookies, I would demand a little square of these. As an adult, I’m now I total fig fan, and love them in just about any form they appear.
It’s funny how your upbringing can cast a completely different light on things. I feel like a child all over again as I continue to discover new foods as an adult. And while I still might sample some of the things from my childhood, much of it fails to thrill me now. Today, I’m much more a fan of plates with a lot of green on them, rather than the strictly yellowish plates of my youth. And though I’m sure it would have been nicer to grow up with a healthier diet, more like Philippe’s European one, it’s still such a cool thing to be an adult experiencing things for the first time. When you’re a kid and experience something new, it’s just another amazing thing to get excited about. When you’re an adult, it’s a revelation. Having lived long enough to think you might just know most of everything, something comes along and nearly shocks you. That, is the best feeling of all. I think that’s exactly the feeling I felt when I first started painting with watercolors a couple of years ago.
It was like an entire world was opened up to me that I’d been blind to previously. That’s entirely why I went a little nutty and started talking about the idea of movement (I even had buttons made!) and getting everyone I know, and have yet to meet, to paint with me each and every day! Back then I was so thrilled to with the tiny little group I’d already formed. Today, I’m in constant awe of the thousands of artists that have shown up to be part of what is now a global community. I know that I always talk about childhood dreams and things like that, but if you dream like a kid, sometimes, those dreams can actually come true. And what I love most is that I’m not making my own dream come true, I’m listening to each of you and making your dreams happen, whenever I can. You’ve been telling me what you want out of this community and I’ve been feverishly trying to make it happen. It’s been a blast! And what’s happening here is something that we can all take credit for, since we did it together. It’s one of those things that seems very close to what you knew, yet presents itself in an entirely new and tasty way when you experience the real thing. Like finding figs.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Benzimida Orange, Quinacridone Red, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.