Today we begin a fresh new month and the start of another new Doodlewash adventure! This month’s daily challenge is a paint what you like challenge with open-ended prompts that could produce just about anything at all in the weeks ahead! Today’s prompt is “simple” and so I simply let my mind wander a bit until it chose something. It shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s read my blog posts for awhile now that we’re beginning with dessert. As desserts go, this is one of the simplest and brings back great memories from childhood. My favorite flavor of ice cream has actually always been plain old vanilla, but strawberry is a close second and lets me play with more colors, so I’m serving that up for today. As a kid we’d often get Neapolitan ice cream which meant you didn’t have to bother choosing at all and could have both of these flavors, plus chocolate, which I actually liked the least. Don’t get me wrong, I adore pure dark chocolate, but in its milkier forms I’m just not quite as much of a fan. But really, in the end, there’s very little ice cream I’d ever turn down if offered a bit in a cone.
For me, a cake cone is one of the best ways to eat ice cream, both as a kid and even today. I remember wandering around fair grounds in the summer quickly trying to eat it before it collapsed into a molten mess on my hands. That was, after all, part of the fun of it all. I actually didn’t have these very much as a kid, which made them extra special. They were there during special events or that one amazing time when my mom brought a box of cones home from the supermarket. My other favorite ice cream treat actually came from the local drugstore we went to when I was a little kid. In the back, they served up a banana “health shake” using ingredients that are still a complete mystery to me today. It had a strange and unique flavor that I really loved and I was always thrilled when we went to that particular store. Also, they had a lot of Hallmark merchandise in the front so it was where I got my very first Snoopy plush. This little Snoopy had a yellow raincoat if I recall, and I thought it was the best thing ever.
To this day, I’m still just so enthralled and intrigued by the simplest of things in life. The very possibility that a banana shake could create such strong memories in my childhood is a testament to those littlest of pleasures that life has to offer. Perhaps, that’s why today I find myself sketching stuff that is perfectly mundane and ordinary. I don’t place these things in a scene, as it might not be the scene you imagine. I love hearing your comments and stories that come to mind when you view my little paintings and read my posts. Together, we can keep those bits of the past alive as we hurry through dealing with the present. I’m not stuck in the past, but I know that it holds all the answers to my future. I always want to stay in touch with the me that was forming way back when. That little boy who dreamed bigger than an adult could possibly imagine. I hope in everything I do each day, I’m not simply remembering him, but helping him to fulfill his destiny. He thought that anything was possible and I really want to believe that’s true. So here’s to you, Little Charlie. Thank you once again for bringing back these wonderful ice cream cone memories.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Opus (Vivid Pink), Yellow, Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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