This is the last day of the month and the final day of the March art challenge and our prompt of “future.” I had absolutely no time to sketch today so for my entry, we have this blazingly fast sketch of a vintage toy robot. I’ve always found it fascinating that way back when, people assumed that this is what our future would look like. We are actually living in the times that people only dreamed about in those days. I’ve yet to see one of these guys wandering down the street, though, or serving me a cappuccino at Starbucks, which is kind of sad as that would be super cool! Sure, we have phones that can do what computers only dreamed of and barely need a computer at all anymore, but things didn’t change in all the ways that artists envisioned. That world of retro futurism is pretty awesome, so it’s no wonder that it’s still popular today. It’s not that some of the things didn’t actually happen, it’s that when they did happen they didn’t come with all the cool visual gizmos. Phones were mostly just black or white and looked like little bricks. So, as I look toward the future, my hope is to push for a more creative approach to things. And yes, while I’m at it, I’ll still be dreaming of cute little robots.
For those following along, I moved a little into the future today as my new dishwasher arrived and is now installed. I’m mostly just thrilled because it managed to happen so quickly and before the weekend. Philippe made the comment that not having one was like camping, which is not something I’m particularly good at, so I’m thankful to have clean dishes again. At least, I assume they’ll be really clean, as I haven’t tried it out yet. When the old one was being removed it started to release a foul smell and began smoking. This was a bit terrifying, but also made me feel great about my new purchase and eased any potential buyer’s remorse. Our dog likes to “help” me with the dishes by coming over to try to lick any of the plates that might be there. We’re convinced he thinks this is the only way to properly wash things and that it’s ludicrous to believe in leaving your washing to a “magic box.” But I’m thrilled with the new magic box and am excited to try it out. It may not be something the Jetsons would have owned, but it’s a pretty darn amazing upgrade.
When it comes to the future, I’m really just hoping for some wonderful surprises as things stay pretty much the same. Life it really wonderful when you stop and think about it. No matter what is happening, it’s really just a fun journey. There are bumps in the road, sure, but nothing can really stop us from moving forward. Seasons will come and go, and there will be some bad things, but also a bunch of incredible things that will somehow make it all seem okay. I’ve found that I can always be happy, if I just focus on the things that make me that way. It’s so stupidly simple, I know, but it always works. For me, anyway. So as we move into spring here and a brand Doodlewash Art Challenge, I’m excited for what lies ahead. As always, I’ll be excited to see what happens next. Ready to greet the next challenge with a smile and always looking toward the future.
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