For our prompt of “Green Thumb” today, I opted for these flowers in a vase. I don’t have a green thumb at all so it’s really all I can do to keep flowers alive for any length of time. In truth, I totally forget to water them, and somehow think that once in a vase, they’ve developed a magical ability to fend for themselves. This is unfortunately not the case, and that poor bud that was hoping to blossom into a flower never quite gets the chance. Making art is very similar in many ways. It takes daily watering to keep things blooming. Thankfully, my insatiable daily habit of sketching stuff keeps me practicing on a regular basis. Though I only have a scarce few minutes a day to show up and make something, it’s always worth the effort. Though I may not be good a caring for flowers, I’m thankfully much better at tending to my artistic dreams. It’s a 3-day weekend here though, so I’ve mostly been doing nothing much at all! Enjoying a nice break and not worrying about getting too much done. Except, of course, my sketch and post for the day! That’s also part of my fun break.
Philippe has been playing his Nintendo Switch and I’ve been reading and playing games on my phone. It’s been a lovely and relaxing break. It’s funny that I never realize that I need to take a little break until I’m in the middle of taking it and discover how recharged I feel. Then sure, bits of guilt set in that I haven’t accomplished anything productive in the extra time I’ve had this weekend. And that’s just fine! I know that I’ll be much more productive next week after this chance to unwind. When I was a kid, I would always get lost in so many different whims and projects all at once. Looking back, I’m not sure how I managed to accomplish anything at all. I was just so thrilled and excited to try things and I never once formulated a plan in the process. But, I always managed to make a lot of things happen. As an adult, this can come across as a bit crazy, but it’s still pretty much how I approach life today. I have a vision for what I’d like to achieve, but that’s the extent of my plan. The rest is just a series of actions that will hopefully create the desired result.
If nothing else, since I have managed to make a few big things happen, it’s proof of what passion can accomplish all on its own. When there’s a sincere drive to make something happen, life finds a way. So, I’m all for taking breaks from the more tedious things in life, though I don’t ever consider my sketchbook as tedious. It’s my playground! Not sure what I’ll end up with as I’m kicking around in my sandbox each day. When I was an actual kid playing on the playground, I’d play a bit on the swings or enjoy a round of tetherball, but then I’d get bored and invent my own games instead. I guess I was always meant to create things. Or, I’m just a big kid at heart, which is pretty much the same thing. So, I hope all of you out there are having a fabulous weekend and that you too have found some time to do nothing much at all. It’s cathartic! And also, that you’ve mixed in lots of time to DO what you love most, whatever that may be. If, like me, it’s sketching stuff, then I hope you’ve had a blast in your sketchbooks. There’s nothing better than showing up to a blank page every day that’s ready to bloom.
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