After spending my first five minutes attempting to sketch some candy corn for today’s prompt, I realized my heart just wasn’t in it. While I was a fan of the stuff as a kid, I don’t really like it as an adult. It’s too sweet and waxy for my tastes. So, I quickly moved on to a quick bite-sized sketch of a bite-sized Snickers bar, which still makes me smile today. When there’s a bowl of these sitting out this time of year, I can’t help but sample one. Even if I know that bowl is meant for people far younger than I am. Sorry kids. We all have our weaknesses. And a candy named after a naughty laugh is certainly meant to evoke a bit of naughtiness every now and again. It’s all called Halloween candy, though technically this is a chocolate bar. As a kid, filling a bucket full of goodies, you never stop to question whether it’s all actually candy as long it contributes to your sugar high. And, when it came to the end of night and we surveyed our haul, chocolate was always the winner hands down.
Perhaps my fascination with these bite-sized treats is that I only consume them during October each year. I don’t really have any type of candy the rest of the year, but when Halloween approaches, with its promise of sweet goodness, I turn into a full on kid again. It’s true, part of me wishes I could shrink back down to three feet tall, don a white bed sheet and stroll through the neighborhood begging for treats once more. It was such a fabulous time back then. To think that you didn’t have to do anything more than utter a simple phrase of “trick or treat” to get something for free, was pretty fantastic. Thankfully, most of the adults opening their doors that evening knew the question was rhetorical and not really a choice. Just hand out the treats and compliment the costume, thank you. The latter was equally important as I would spend weeks agonizing over which character to be that year and then working diligently with my mother to craft it.
I loved becoming someone or something else for a night. It was exciting and enthralling and most of all, fun to make happen. I think those early costumes were my most vivid memories of my youthful creativity. Well, that and the Valentine’s Day boxes we used to make in class in February. It was an invitation and an opportunity to create something new. That’s always been the most exciting thing in the world for me. I would tinker with the ideas that I had right up until that final moment of reveal. And even though I was never quite satisfied with the outcome, I was always thrilled by the journey. Literally nothing has changed today. I find myself constantly trying new things and tinkering with things I’ve already created. A new idea pops into my head and simply have to chase it to see where it wants to take me next. It’s exciting and perfectly ridiculous. I’ve no master plan to guide these microbursts of ideas. I hope each one will point me in the direction that I should head next. Telling me which street to head down, and which door to knock on, so I can be sure that I don’t miss my chance to get the best of the block Halloween candy.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Red, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.