When it comes to games, there are so many that can be fun that it’s really impossible to choose just one. I chose ping ping because I do enjoy it, but mostly because I only had a few precious minutes to paint today and it seemed simpler than the board game that first came to mind. I’m truly horrible at ping pong, by the way, but this disability does absolutely nothing to dispel my joy of attempting to play it. As for the board game that first popped into my head, that was a game called Clue (also known as Cluedo in other parts of the world). A fun little family game where you try to sort out who killed someone. Yeah, doesn’t sound family-friendly at all really, and its original title was even less so as the first patent just called it “Murder!” Nothing like cutting to the chase. Also, the original included more fearsome weapons like a bomb, syringe, and an axe. Though this game is sounding less family friendly all the time, it was really just a clever game using the process of elimination. And I totally loved it!
I actually bought a version of this game a few years ago that came in a lovely wooden box. It has since sat under an end table and now simply serves as a piece of unusual décor. I’ve never once played this version. Perhaps one day, I’ll convince someone to get it out and play with me, but until then, I enjoy seeing it simply for the memories it evokes. I also remember playing a game called Othello on the school playground. This will tell you a lot about me and just how geeky I was back then. As other kids were swinging on swings, sliding down slides, or sailing across monkey bars, I would seek out a fellow geek who wanted to do something that actually required thought. My mind back then, and even now, had a bit of trouble shutting off to enjoy things that don’t require skill. I love doing things that require me to sort out problems and solve little things along the way. Never primarily physical skill, but only mental prowess, most likely because I’ve never been good at sports.
Perhaps that’s why I love art and painting. Sure, you use your hands to wield a brush so it’s a bit physical, but every choice is a mental one. And with watercolor, the other choices are simply made for you by the paint itself. If I’m in the process of overanalyzing something, watercolor always takes charge and tells me what needs to happen next. And, unlike any other medium, I just have to accept the outcome. For me, this has been the perfect marriage. No dabbing more acrylic or oil on top to change something that didn’t quite turn out as expected. Just the raw and real outcome of whatever happened that day when you and watercolor decided to paint together. For some, this is a bit crazy. But for those of us who have been bitten by the bug of watercolor, we know it’s exactly what brings us back each time. It’s a lot of strategy, combined with a bit of lovely chance. It’s really just one of the best things anyone could hope for, when it comes to playing games.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Bezimida Orange, Red Rose Deep, Cobalt Turquoise, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.