For Day 7 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Lemon,” I thought about biting into a lemon and this little pup became my model. I’m rather sure this poor pup was hoping for a different treat. I have to admit to giggling when I see little kids trying a food that’s not what they were expecting for the first time. Their little faces like up with the shock of recognition that something isn’t quite what they wanted. It’s cute, and also just part of those little lessons that we all end up learning both as a child and throughout our entire lives. It always seems that when I think I’ve gotten life figured out, something comes along to though all of that confidence into question. Yet, I think that’s all part of the fun! If I actually had everything figured out, then life would be boring and devoid of the wonderful surprises that make it so infinitely intriguing. It’s my curiosity that keeps me coming back each day. And, my giggles and optimism that get me through even some of the more unpleasant surprises that life can bring.
When I was growing up, humor was a central part of my family life. We found the funny in literally everything that happened along the way. Even arguments that would start up between family members would often devolve into laughter in the end. And yes, even funerals would be filled with laughter and joyful remembrances of those we loved who were no longer with us. I think that’s why I have such fond memories of childhood. Equally, it’s why I’ve had such a fun adulthood as well. I’ve just never been able to take life very seriously. When I step back to look at things, the absurdity of it all becomes so apparent that I can’t help but giggle. I’m fully aware that there are very serious folks in the world, and when those types of people have met me, we’ve not gotten along very well. It’s like talking to an alien from outer space. Or, how I would imagine it, at least. There’s a basic understanding, but beyond that, it’s all just a lot of confusion.
Philippe and I spend our entire even cracking jokes with one another. And, will sometimes just glance at each other with a raised eyebrow, without having to say the words at all. Then we’ll start laughing. It’s pure joy! To me, life is all about finding the fun. It’s not always apparent, and sometimes it can seem like there’s nothing but doom, gloom, and stress everywhere. But, when you look a bit closer, there’s always something silly there to focus upon. That’s really the trick I always use. Rather than worry over whatever obvious issue I’m facing, I look for the nonsensical bits that are always there to be found. And, then I simply center my attention on that! This results in a feeling of ease that escalates to joy and quickly to complete amusement. So, I’ve always felt that life never seems to bring me unsolvable problems, just a lot of funny surprises!
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Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Opus (Vivid Pink), Hansa Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? SEND ME A NOTE HERE, and I’ll Add it To My Shop!