Time seems to be flying by lately and we’re nearly to the end of April. I jumped back into the prompts for this one and decided to paint some limes as a perfect excuse to paint glassy things. Every time mint leaves appear with a lime drink, I always think of a mojito even though I haven’t had one in years. With the amount of ice in this glass, I hope it’s just water, and not a mohito, as it would be a very weak one indeed. Either way, I’ve always preferred limes to lemons. It could be the flavor, but I think it’s largely because I just love the color green and nothing more. I tend to run on pure impulse. That makes me sound as if I run through the streets flailing my arms around and screaming like a mad man, which I can assure you has only ever happened once or twice. No, by impulse, I simply mean that all things considered, I’ll skip the rational solution and instead, always follow my heart.
I know there’s usually a very rational way to view things, but my mind just doesn’t work that way. I like to feel a connection with the things in my life, whether it’s a comfy chair or a piece of lovely green fruit. I always feel like I’ve made the best choice that way, even if others might disagree. At the very least, it’s the right choice for me. As a kid growing up, this sort of thinking always made me a bit awkward. I would never blindly do whatever everyone else was doing. I was content with my own path. I would break and bend the rules that were imposed on me, because, much of the time, I didn’t believe they should exist in the first place. Not the “golden rules” that tell you to be nice to others and not steal things. But the other “rules” that simply come from people following each other around and doing the same things all the time. I suppose there’s a comfort in that, but I’ve always failed to find it.
It’s way more fun to be with others while fully being your unique self. At least, when I’m with like-minded people. If I find myself in a different group, you’ll never find me there for very long. So, if I do want to run down the street, flailing my arms and screaming like a mad man, I’m confident the people I’m with will somehow understand. I like to have a lot of fun in life and, for me, I can only do so if I’m following my own impulse. My gut, that tells me this is thing I’ll enjoy most. And in the end, it’s totally okay to have no idea why I crave something. I’ve always found that when you make a special connection with something or someone, it’s even more incredible when it’s impossible to explain why. Whether it’s the soaring feeling of being with that special person you enjoy most, or something as ludicrously mundane as loving limes.
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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Indian Yellow, Phthalo. Green Pale, Phthalocyanine Blue, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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