Though I’ve doodlewashed some truly decadent desserts over the past few months, I’ve never painted my favorite. Yep, of all the wondrous sugary treats in the world, like a little boy, I still favor a vanilla soft-serve ice cream cone. Though I won’t turn down a hard ice cream version, of course. It’s really all about the cone itself. A crunchy, surprisingly tasteless little ice cream holder that serves as a hand-held edible bowl. As a kid, I thought this was brilliant and still marvel at the perfection of this deceptively simple invention as an adult. Of course, having one of these treats during the hot summer months is mostly a game of frantic licking in a race to avoid having the top melt uncerimoniously down your hand. But that is also part of the fun.
For those interested in playing along, we’ll be traveling through our favorite things this month and if you’d like to join in, just click here to learn more! I selected the first of the 31 prompts, but still not sure if I’ll continue to follow these or start venturing off into parts unknown. I’m also not sure if I’ll be painting daily this month or take a break. I should probably consider one, since this is my 395th consecutive day of doodlewashing, but wonderful habits are as hard to break as bad ones, so I’ll probably just keep right on painting! It’s become part of my daily routine and something I’d miss if it were gone.
Right now, I’m just really missing ice cream cones and realize it’s been weeks since I’ve had one. I guess that’s why they call it a treat. Yet, I have wine much more regularly and it never fails to feel special. Though many of my tastes have changed, it’s fun to know that the same little ice cream cone that captivated me as a kid, still holds my heart as a somewhat grown up man. It’s interesting and challenging to determine what one might consider the favorite when thinking through a list of options. Perhaps, it’s never just one, but the one that comes to mind first is usually one that’s pretty special. In that moment in time, it’s the clear favorite, even if you can’t always remember exactly why.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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