When summer arrives where I live, you’ll find huge bins in the local grocery filled with pineapples, our art challenge prompt today. You can, of course, find them all year long, but there’s just something about seeing pineapples that makes one think of a tropical vacation so pineapples are quite popular to display during the hottest months. Last year around this time, we bought a pineapple at Costco and it was so incredibly perfect, sweet and tender, that we were amazed. The thing about pineapples for me is that I adore them only when they’re perfectly tender. Get a rough piece that’s less sweet a bit crunchy and it turns into another fruit entirely for me. One I don’t like so much. But I love the look of pineapples. They’re large and wild becoming almost prehistoric in nature. How anyone thought that what was inside might even be edible is anyone’s guess. And I find it fun that gargantuan fruits becomes all the rage in the summer as watermelons fight for the same attention and mangoes plump up just to show off a bit. Though I’m allergic to the latter so I’ll leave those to others.
Summer is actually my least favorite season. It’s just way too warm here during those months for me. But where I live, I have four full seasons and the change in seasons is such a cool thing. It’s like nature’s way of telling a story to take me through the entire year. Though I’ve certainly longed to live in milder and more predictable climates, it’s the seasons that I would miss most were I ever to move. The little kid in me loves thinking back to summer months spent out of school, going back to school with new sweaters for fall, hoping for a white and snowy Christmas, and seeing a burst of colorful flowers and trees return in spring. It’s a cycle of life that marks each and every year here and though I might complain on a particularly sweltering summer day, I secretly adore it. I love that nature is marking the passage of time for me and it always makes me want to explore more and try new things. With so much change happening around me, it feels weird not to change a bit with it.
And so, in other ways, summer in my favorite month of all. My reaction to cringing a bit and bracing for the insane heat comes with another happy response. I rally and push myself forward to try something new. I hope to reveal one of those new things very soon, as I also prepare for the launch of this year’s World Watercolor Month which kicks off this weekend! So close! Just a reminder… simplest challenge ever… just add the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth each time you post art with watercolors (or gouache) on social media and join our gallery as you celebrate with the world! And if you live somewhere warm this time of year, consider celebrating that with some very large fruit. No matter how warm it gets here, for me, the real warmth I feel this time of year comes from painting and sketching with friends. So I hope you’ll all be joining me as we begin a new adventure together very soon! Sometimes, the simplest of things can mark the start of a new beginning. And that’s why I’ll always have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for pineapples in summer.
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