Today we had a prompt of frogs, so I chose one hiding in a lotus flower. I’ve no idea why, but I think frogs are kind of cute. As a kid, I would be dazzled by the sight of them and want to follow them as they hopped about on their little journey. Sure, they lack the furry cuteness of squirrels, but even while sitting there almost looking bored, there’s some odd sense of wisdom. Like frogs know more than we think. I’m sure this was just a trick of my childhood mind and still a trick of my childish adult mind, but I like thinking about frogs in this way. Chasing after them when I was little, I hoped they would bring me to some secret place that I’d never before found. And, like most things in my childhood, the fact that it never happened never stopped me from the pursuit. In truth, that’s very much the same today. I continue to chase every little dream that comes into my crazy head. One of those dreams was my latest book, and a huge thanks to everyone who’s purchased a copy! Love you so much! By the way, I’ve no idea why, but Amazon decided to offer it for a very nice discount as I’m typing this and I don’t know for how long, so if it’s in your Wish List, now would definitely be the time to get one! There’s even a couple of frogs in it!
This week has been a rather amazing one. I appeared in my first-ever video appearance on Wednesday for the Sketchbook Revival Free Online Workshop. As a shy guy, video has always been my nemesis. Something that has always sort of terrified me. I don’t really have anything to hide, but I’ve always liked that people connected with my art and my written words without even seeing me move about. I was actually worried that if I showed up in person, people would think, “this is the guy who said all of those smart things? He really is just a big kid!” Well, this week I learned that people actually did think that, but enjoyed me anyway, exactly for who I am. I also learned my new blue glasses are very popular, so thanks so much to my father-in-law, who’s no longer with us now, since they were his (we’re a hit, papa!)! This has been one amazing art journey. One that continues to reveal more and more each day. When I started out, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up when it came to art. Was I meant to become a watercolor painter like so many of all of the fabulous artists I feature on this site? Who knows, really, maybe one day! But today, I’m having the time of my life making little coloring book pages and coloring with watercolor each and every day!
What I love is that I’m constantly reclaiming that feeling of when I very first started playing with watercolor. It’s just the coolest medium ever! There’s so many things that you can DO with it, and it’s kept me perfectly enamored for almost 4 years now. This is a record for me. I have attention deficit issues and my previous record was for my 3 year photoblog, which is now entirely on this site, offered as free reference photos for artists and writers. To me, the best part of an art journey or a life journey of any kind is when you get to learn things about yourself that seem new and incredible. In truth, they’re simply things that all good stories deliver, something surprising, but inevitable. The one thing I’ve learned that surpasses all others is that we can’t escape our own personal style. It’s not something we have to find, it’s something we should simply celebrate in whatever medium we choose to create things. I love to sketch stuff with watercolor and write stories, but whatever it is that your heart tells you to DO, then I say listen! We’re each so beautifully unique and the world would be a horribly mundane place indeed if we only followed what other people are doing. DO you! You’re amazing and your ideas are exactly what we all want to see next! Life is at its most beautiful when it’s filled with those most amazing hidden surprises.
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