Though I’ve never had the opportunity to meet a dolphin in the wild and only saw them in shows as a child, I’ve always found them to be quite fascinating creatures. mostly because they are reported to have a very high intelligence and also enjoy a bit of play. Sure, the poor captive dolphins are trained with food to do various tricks, but wild dolphins are far more fascinating. I saw a YouTube video of wild dolphins jumping out of the water and playing games with one another. The effect was instantly smile-worthy and gave those cute cat videos I normally watch a run for their money. These wild dolphins just seemed like they loved life and enjoyed approaching it with a lot of glee and fun. Their faces always seem to be smiling, and their smiles seem to possess a hint of a secret. No doubt they know something we don’t and though humans still fancy themselves having superior intelligence, dolphins certainly have the advantage in some cases. For example, it’s known that a pod of dolphins don’t declare war on another pod, so they’re certainly much smarter than humans on that front. Perhaps, their joy, openness and playfulness simply makes this option unnecessary.
That said, dolphins do wrestle and bite one another around the time of breeding season, and moments of general irritation. But, that can only be expected. It’s the general glee they exhibit while sailing out of the water or swimming next to boats that captures my heart. And I hope that I too exhibit that same sense of joy in my own life, though I’m certainly not as talented when it comes to swimming. For this little doodlewash, since I was running super short on time, still needing to pack for our trip to France in the morning, I decided to play a bit. I normally paint wet on dry, but decided to splash water down first and then just let the paint go wherever it liked. Since I always start with a sketch, this is about as abstract as I like to go, but it was fun to play a bit. And I still have some time left over to do my typical mad dash packing of the suitcase, which, now that I consider it, has the same lack of precision as this sketch. I’m not very orderly when it comes to such things, just hoping to get my carry on packed correctly and not forget any essentials that can’t be easily replaced while there.
As I go to sleep tonight, I’ll have that usual odd sensation of realizing that in only 24 hours I’ll be arriving in Paris. It will already be Saturday morning there and though there won’t be cartoons and pancakes, there will be croissants and family. These next couple of days will be the most challenging to create a post, though I always have a bit of time to sketch and paint. I’ll be posting what I make and rambling as best I can on breaks, so things could get even more rambling, as if that could even be possible, by the time I hit the Publish button. One would think, I’d just pause for a couple of days, but I adore journaling so why on earth would I stop! There’s never a good reason to avoid doing something you love. I’m always up for the little break and a bit of play. It makes my whole day brighter in the process. And with all of the stress of traveling these days, bright spots will be most welcome. So, I bid you farewell for the moment, and will return whenever I have both a post and proper Wifi access. Popping in with a little splash as I continue to enjoy life while playing like a dolphin.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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