This may quite possibly be one of my quickest little doodlewashes yet, clocking in at just under 15 minutes. I had very little time today to make this post and am sneaking it in between work and evening plans. But, as ever, I would be remiss to not show up to party, particularly when it comes complete with balloons! I loved birthday parties when I was a little kid. A day devoted to getting lots of little gifts for no reason at all, other than doing that growing up thing that all kids long to do. Now that I’ve sort of grown up, it does hold a bit less allure for me than back then. These days, I’m hoping the clock would just slow down already and I’m in no hurry at all to get older. But the clock keeps ticking forward no matter, and some days, it’s tough to even paint. I still insist on stealing a touch of time though, to make a little something each day. Even a few squiggles of paint is better than nothing at all. No matter how busy I am, I simply insist on getting that precious bit of time to sketch and paint each and every day. It’s what truly makes me the happiest.
Recently, I had some friends ask me to happy hour. That time after work when you have a drink and relax. I explain to them that it’s my painting time and offer up lunch instead. This is met with incredulous responses, but the reality is, it’s literally the only time I have to paint each day. There’s not a second chance. So, I changed my “happy hour” to my painting time, even if, like today, it manifests itself in only a quarter of an hour, it still manages to happen. One day, I long for a time when I’m retired and have a full day to plan out, leaving as much time as I need for painting. But today, I have to steal little moments. And it’s totally worth it. Some days, I make something that turns out amazing, and other days it’s just a little something. I cherish them all like a tiny trophy. It’s difficult in our busy lives to make time for the things that truly make us happy. But when we do, it’s what makes life so much more fulfilling.
I should also offer apologies if Doodlewash has been loading slowly for you at certain times each day. I’m still working with WordPress.com to riddle it all out and figure out what’s going on. There’s a ton of functionality that’s been added to the site and each little piece interacts with the others in mysterious ways. With so many moving parts, it’s often difficult to determine the culprit, so bear with me and the developers smarter than me as we figure it all out. I’m still that happy child at a birthday party and I’m confident everything will turn out perfectly! Life would be terribly boring if we didn’t push the limits and try for impossible things. Doing so, we can make amazing things happen! So, even on days when I have no time to paint, and type out a post as fast as humanly possible, it’s proof that, in the end, anything can happen if we commit to doing it. Push forward and demand your dreams! When you do, they’ll always manifest themselves in the end. Each step moves us to the next, even when that step is just some quick little balloons.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Benzimida Orange, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!