As it turns out, yams aren’t sweet potatoes, even though the terms were used interchangeably when I was growing up. Thanksgiving would arrive, often with that crazy casserole of marshmallows and sweet potatoes and some folks would refer to them as yams. I grew up thinking that the terms were the same and then grew up a little more to learn that they refer to completely different vegetables they aren’t even botanically related. And they’re both weird so they made for a rather bizarre little sketch, no matter how you slice it, so I just spent 15 minutes on this one. The orange potatoes that we loved are quite different from the the white yams that look like little hairy cavemen clubs. It struck me that I’ve never sampled one of the latter “official yams” and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one in person. All these years, the mistaken nomenclature has given me false confidence that I knew what I was actually consuming. That said, I have to admit to never liking the sweet potato and marshmallow casserole. It was just too odd and I’ve never comes to terms with it either.
A quick note for those of you following the saga that has been the gallery upload problems on this site. The problem still persists, though we’ve narrowed it down to a WordPress update last week that wreaked some havoc. I’m still trying to figure out a solve and looking into a backup solution, so thanks so much for your patience. In the interim, please try using the little image icon to the right of the post box as that one should still work, even if it doesn’t post to the gallery, and you can still share what you’ve made. While making a website like this one is kind of fun, it’s insanely complex and I often find I’m in a bit over my head. That, of course, doesn’t stop me in the least as that’s pretty much how I’ve spent my entire life. I always think it’s best to just jump into something with glee and figure it out as you go along. Problems may occur, but they’re only there to challenge us to create better solutions.
The fun part about life is that there’s always something new to learn. Around every corner, there’s some incredible new bit of knowledge waiting that you never knew before. That’s been my experience with painting. Although I think I have a general idea of what I’m doing, some days, I’m feel confused once more. Watercolor is like that. It doesn’t always do what you’d expect, but it does what it likes and if you let it just do its thing, you’ll often like what it chooses for you. Sure, some days, you might hate it, but mostly, if you just lean into it, you’ll be amazed at what happens next. And that’s why I love painting with this medium. It’s never a dull moment, and you’re never quite in control. It’s an adventure of the best kind and I love it. Even on the days when I’m not sure what’s happening, I know I’ll learn something new. Much like that day when I very first discovered, I’ve never eaten a yam.
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