When I made these prompts for the month, I was certain I put “butterfly” on a weekend day as they are incredibly tough to paint. I have a bit more time on the weekends and am most rushed on Friday nights. As it turns out, I didn’t do that, so I had to quickly try and render one at top speed, which was a fun exercise. But this is the official start of the weekend so that’s a wonderful thing indeed! Butterflies fascinate me in that they seem almost too ornate to be real. Like a tiny bit of stained glass that decided to part from an old church window and begin zooming through the sky. Each time I see one, time stands still for a moment as I stop to consider it. This is a rather big accomplishment for me as my mind tends to zoom along at impossible speeds, moving from one thing to the next all the time. Taking a moment to actually pause and consider nature is a wonderful way to rest a restless mind.
I’ve been this way since I was a kid. I was never really content with doing just one thing when I could be doing six things at once. I always had a million projects going at the same time in various states of completion. This, of course, meant I was constantly doing things non-stop. But the good part was, that some of those project actually managed to find a sort of completion. I was never worried about the ones that didn’t as I just assumed they didn’t want it badly enough. It was like my dreams had dreams of their own. To me that’s the fun part about trying new things. You don’t have to stress over whether or not they’ll turn into something you envisioned, if you just enjoy DOing them. The act of creation is the real gift and there’s nothing that can take that feeling away from you. It’s funny, but sometimes I post something on social media I’m not at all pleased with and people really love it! Other times, I’m quite proud of something and it produces no response at all. Just the sound of crickets.
And in each case, it’s a perfect success! As long as somebody is happy, then something good has happened, so I don’t fret about it much. Sure, a few times, I joined in the round of cricket sounds for something I made, but I know they’ll always be tomorrow. I’ve learned that when you make something new each and every day, you don’t have time to wallow in failures. You just doodle on and forget about it. It’s kind of cool, really. By the way, I rather liked my one today, because it was produced so quickly and managed to look like the thing I intended. And I’m thrilled to fly on to another thing tomorrow and yet another thing after that. It’s exciting for me to see what will appear here each day. I have no plan or thought about what I might do and sometimes look at the prompt just before I start sketching, which is shortly before I make this post. I guess, I’m still that little kid, always excited to keep flying along from one flower to the next, like a butterfly.
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