While I’m pretty sure a prompt of “shadows” around the time of Halloween might elicit more ominous renderings, I’ve had mulled wine on the brain recently. And I had less then 30 minutes tonight to paint so this one is quick and loose. In truth, I’m excited to move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season where life pretty much revolves around food, drink, and gifts. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Tonight, I did get to enjoy a bit of Halloween festivities at local block party where I work. There was an ice cream truck and everything! My inner child was in heaven and yes, I went back for seconds. And my adult was pleased by the appearance of the wine van. It was all pretty perfect. But I’m even more excited to enjoy a bit of sweet mulled wine in front of the fireplace soon. It’s just such a cuddly season and really, cuddles are probably the best thing in the world, after ice cream.
Showing up to paint every day is always the easy part. I love taking a little moment to unwind with a brush and a splash of watercolor. Writing is always the toughest part, as I’m never sure what I’m going to say and don’t have time to spend figuring it out. So I simply ramble on in the hopes that some idea will present itself. Some little nugget of truth will manifest itself somehow while I’m typing at a feverish pace. But when I saw a prompt of shadows, decided I really want mulled wine, and started typing tonight, I found myself in a moment of “what the hell?” My mind has been a blur lately and I’m busier now than ever and I honestly have no clue what brought me to this subject today. It’s interesting that mulled also means to ponder something deeply. Perhaps, that’s where my head has been lately and it somehow manifested in a glass of spiced wine.
So, instead of forcing something to happen as the clock ticks forward and I’m nearly out of time, I’m going to just let this little ramble end briefly. My mind is full, my body exhausted, and yet, I’m still quite content and happy. I’m off to get a bit of rest and try to let my mind take a tiny break for a period time. Going to watch a fun and stupid show of some kind and let my mind escape for a bit. The wind outside has started blowing loudly and it seems like the perfect night to curl up and do nothing much at all. At least for the couple little hours left of it before I’ll be heading to sleep. Hopefully only dreaming of silly things that take very little brain power at all. Like unicorns and bunnies. Maybe not together, as I’m not entirely sure how they would get on, but something like that. A simple and silly thing for my mind to enjoy, like pondering the shadows in mulled wine.
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