Today’s prompt was “reptiles” and so we have this strange lizard that isn’t exactly a natural beauty. I’m sure I didn’t do him justice in this lightning-fast 25 minute doodlewash, but it’s Friday and I’m about to have some wine and head into the weekend. Lizards, however, are likely only an attractive creature to people who love lizards. But, I tried to paint this one with a hint of cockiness as though daring you to say he’s anything other than hot. Honestly, he does have impressive muscles, which I lack, so I for one, am suitably impressed. I find lizards rather creepy and alien-like which is probably why they fascinate me. I would have typically fussed with some detail because of the weirdly wonderful scales, but lacked the time so this is fast and loose. By the way, if you’re not familiar with the phrase “leapin’ lizards,” it was from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie used just as one might use, “Oh, my gosh” or “what the hell?” The latter is mostly likely appropriate in this particular instance.
I have to admit to approaching this doodlewash with a sort of reckless abandon, which was really fun. I’ve no personal story relating to lizards, other than feeling as though I looked like one in junior high. I didn’t exactly, as lizards rarely ever wear thick glasses, but I’m pretty sure I had the look that only a mother could love. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone as puberty does some weird things and many of us had yet to transform into our future selves. But every time I see a creature that doesn’t immediately elicit a feeling of “ohhhh, that’s adorable” I still feel a sense of companionship. So my lizard definitely sees himself as cute, albeit in the way that made E.T. strangely adorable. But, what I’ve found is that no matter what something looks like, there’s always someone, somewhere who sees it as beautiful. Literally everything on the planet has a natural beauty. It’s just that sometimes, that beauty can only be seen by a much smaller audience.
With just four days to go in this month’s challenge, I’ve really enjoyed looking at the natural world and exploring its many surprises. Nature is pretty incredible and I always feel a bit small when I’m truly exploring everything she has to offer. Our planet is precious, and I hope that we can learn to love it more and take care of it as one might something extraordinary. We humans are just a tiny piece of the grand puzzle. But we can always be better citizens of this little green planet. In my heart, I hope that one day we’ll realize the gift we’ve been given and learn to love every little bit of it. Every rock, every flower, every little creature has something to teach us about life. And even when the creatures seem odd or bizarre, they’re here for a reason. And that’s the most beautiful thing of all. Everything is so brilliantly connected and each little thing affects another. When you truly stare at the natural world with an open heart, there’s really no better way to describe it than, “leapin’ lizards!”
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