For our prompt of “Stream” today, I made a quick little sketch of a baby deer drinking from a brook. Since this scene was entirely made up from imagination, I’m not entirely certain of the story here. There was a little creek on my grandparent’s farm and after a big rain, a little waterfall would appear. It wasn’t anything particularly grand, but for some reason I thought it was amazing at the time. I still remember running alongside the creek to find the spot. The waterfall was probably less than ten inches in height, but it still seemed like something perfectly magical. It’s been raining here today and promises to continue to do so for the next week. Though, I’ll miss the sun, I still enjoy seeing water rushing along. Living in the city, my creeks have been replaced with rushing street gutters so it’s not quite as idyllic. Yet, there’s just something about a small bit of rushing water that makes me feel a sense of serenity. I miss visiting that creek on the farm, but I love remembering all of the wonderful times that I spent there. It’s one the first times I learned that a little imagination can make the ordinary quite extraordinary.
Things have been super busy for me this past week as I’m juggling several projects at once. It’s been a bit like those performers who are spinning multiple plates at same time on poles. As soon as one thing seems to be moving along fine, another plate starts to wobble and it’s time to get that one spinning again. Granted, this is almost always a self-inflicted thing with me. When I get excited about a new project, I try to steal as much time as I can to work on it. For example, I’ve been working on my next book, which is a cozy mystery novel, whose only deadline is one I’ve made up in my own mind. But, I’m having a blast and so I get a bit lost in writing. Once I come out of my literary fog, I’m faced with all sorts of projects awaiting my attention. As exhausting and stressful as it should be, I just keep marching forward and doing my best to keep those plates moving.
In between all of that, I’ve still got some lunches with friends and have to make time to play some ball with my pup Elliott as well. Pausing all of that to make a quick little sketch gives me a chance to be a bit like this little deer. It gives me the opportunity to take a moment to let my mind wander to a relaxing place. It’s awesome! My sketching habit has always been more like therapy rather than something with a particular outcome in mind. I need that moment to pause and reflect, looking into the watery bits of my own thoughts to rejuvenate my mind. That said, I may also be just a little overbooked at the moment, but they say that if you want something done, ask a busy person! Sometimes, it seems like a polite way to say, ask a crazy person, but I think both apply to me just fine. I do tend to get more done when I have too much on my plate. Once this week passes, though, things should calm down a bit, and soon I can be back to enjoying a bit more free time while imagining a visit those magical places.
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (VIvid Pink), Terra Cotta, Ultramarine (Green Shade), And Indigo. ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with Black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book.