For our prompt of “Soap,” the first thing that came to mind was soap bubbles, which I adored as a kid. In truth, if I’m handed a bottle of soap bubbles as an adult, it’s entirely impossible to resist trying to blow some bubbles. I’m not particularly good at it and rarely have the patience to achieve a giant and impressive bubble, but it’s still super fun. Every dog I’ve ever had has also loved soap bubbles, chasing after them and biting them, including my first dog, a black and white border collie named Misty. Actually, there is one dog who hasn’t shown any interest whatsoever and that’s our current dog Phineas. When he was very young, he’d chase the occasional ball, but the game never involved him actually bringing it back to you so the game ended as quickly as it began. He used to play with stuffed toys, but appears to have grown out of that phase entirely. These days, he just sits there like Yoda and appears to be judging us for something unknown that we’ve apparently failed to do, but it’s still rather cute. His wise and stoic demeanor makes my own crazy and playful one seem even more childish. And that’s just fine. I may be the oldest in our little family, but it’s still nice to know I’m the youngest at heart.
Today, Philippe and I went to World Market and I saw a bag of Haribo sour gummies that were labeled with the impossibly irresistible phrase of “exotic flavors.” One of the flavors was gooseberry, which I’ve never once seen in a candy before. Gooseberry was my absolute favorite flavor of pie when I was growing up and I used to pick them with my grandmother. So, yeah, I bought a couple bags of the stuff, telling Philippe, as ever, that it’s for my coworkers. I will, of course, share, as I really only want to try those gooseberry gummies to see what they taste like. I was thrilled to find these, but we’d actually gone there to get a French sea salt that Philippe likes. They’d rearranged the store and the salt was nowhere to be found, so he was not pleased. Thankfully, there were plenty of distractions in the form of Halloween decorations to restore his mood. And I was still gleefully clutching my bag of gummies so, for me at least, it was a perfectly productive shopping experience.
My only other bit of shopping today was a trip to the art store to get a single tube of paint. I was so proud of myself when, after looking at everything in the store, I managed to walk to the register with just that single tube of paint. Of course, once I was at the register, there was a Raphaël soft aqua travel brush on sale, that Philippe pointed out to me. It was in a copper-colored metal capsule and so shiny! And since he showed it to me, I’m not at all responsible for the subsequent impulse purchase that happened next. It’s pointy and fun and I used it for today’s sketch. Yeah, this ridiculously simplistic description is precisely why I don’t write the reviews you find here. But, I love my shiny new brush and there’s always something wonderful that comes with those visceral reactions that you can’t quite rationally justify. They come with an equally intangible ideal that can only be described as pure joy. And, as much as I do try to be rational much of the time, I love days like today where I just DO what my heart tells me. And today, my heart wanted a shiny new brush and some gooseberry gummies. It always makes me happy to just be that little boy again and do those little things that simply make me smile, like playing with soap bubbles.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo (my “Vintage” Trio!). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black 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!