So, today’s prompt is a rare repeat as it was five days after posting the prompts for this month before anyone noticed and it was too late to change them. I guess I was really into being a kid this month! But, really, can we ever have too many games? This has been a month all about fun, but I think sketching should always be a ton of fun. If it’s not, or feels like work or hard practice, we tend to avoid it and end up not sketching on a regular basis. For my bit of fun today, I thought about games and remembered a velvet tapestry I won in a game of bingo as a kid, which featured dogs playing poker, so I wondered what it would be like if it were cats instead. Yeah, that’s literally the entire story behind this odd sketch. Well, that and I wish I still had that velvet tapestry since prior to that I’d only ever won car wax. But, this sketch was super fun to make! And heading into a weekend after a super busy week, I’m ready to play some more! I’ve nothing extravagant planned, but I’m sure something cool will happen with a bit of luck.
I thought about going to the zoo this weekend as I think the weather will be nice and not rainy for at least one of the days. But, I can’t remember which now, and it’s also likely to change quickly as that’s usually how things work with weather this time of year here. I live in a row home and so I have many lovely neighbors, but many of them have cats so they don’t have to go walking around outside during the harsh winter months. So as I take my dog Phineas out for a walk, I see many of them walking about for the first time in months and it’s like meeting old friends. There’s a community garden behind our home and this is the time of year people gather for drinks and conversation. Philippe and I are introverts, but we do join them occasionally before rushing back home again to go back into our own little world and recharge. I love our everyday routines. Actually, I don’t care for that word though as it makes something seem like it’s dull if it’s repeated. I prefer to think of them as “lovely habits” instead. We have the kind we share together and then that kind when we drift off into our own mental space and enjoy whatever it is we personally enjoy.
I’ll start doodling and Philippe will start a French documentary on the history of turnips, or something engrossing like that. Our dog will demand attention from us at the most inopportune time and when we pause to play with him, he’ll stare at us like we’re crazy and walk away. I guess that was the game, after all. Though, I’m still never sure if we’ve played it correctly. And no matter how mundane our evening might seem to others, I find it thrilling each and every time. My heart fills up with joy and I’m reminded just how much I love my little family. And no matter what thing I’m sketching that day, I remember the moment when I sketched it. I think that’s a side effect of always treating my sketchbook like a playground. When you have fun doing something it becomes a memory. When you don’t enjoy it, it becomes a chore and something you’d rather forget. So, I continue to spend my little moment each day playing on my favorite piece of playground equipment. That very moment, when I turn to a fresh page, start to scribble, doodle, color again and find myself sketching some fun.
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