I had very little time today to doodlewash and post, so here’s a quick and loose little sketch of my favorite thing about my favorite park – turtles. We have a park here called Loose Park and in the center is a large pond with ducks and well, these guys. I love watching turtles sunbathing because it seems like they’re so totally into it. Stretched toward the sun, standing still as a statue, as if they were solar-powered and this is the only way they can possibly keep moving. Even the squawking ducks nearby don’t bother them and they never break their extreme concentration. Perhaps it’s simply because I’ve always lacked this kind of focus that I find it so intriguing, but they are definitely the reason I love this park most.
Today was insanely busy, so I’m running out of time to type anything. As ever, I’m just typing what pops into my head, but right now I’m just a bit exhausted. It’s days like this that make me think of these turtles, who can spend hours sitting still and thinking about whatever it is turtles think about. My mind pops from one thing to the next and I feel like I’m in constant motion, even when I’m sitting still. Perhaps I should try taking some turtle time to just relax and focus on simply being present. I say that because it sounds like the right thing, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I’d get terribly bored. I actually enjoy thinking of a million things at once because that’s where all of my best ideas come from.
But today, I’m truly tired, so maybe I do need to be a turtle for a little while. I mean, who knows, maybe they’re actually thinking of a million things at once too. I’m not sure anyone will ever know what goes on in a turtle’s head. While worshiping the sun like a statue, I bet the one towards the top that I now realize appears to be smiling, has just thought of something brilliant. Like a cure for a terrible disease or something that will fix the economy. Granted, that smile may fade when it realizes very few people who can help implement the plan actually speak turtle, but what a eureka moment that was! Sometimes just having a fabulous idea feels like a win. Particularly if you happen to be a sunbathing turtle on a rock.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Cobalt Teal, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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