While I chose bonfire for the name of today’s prompt, because I like the name, a campfire is a bit more cozy and less flammable. Either way, the idea of being around a blazing fire at night makes my mind go to s’mores. This treat is made by roasting marshmallows on an open flame, until the edges get a bit dark and toxic, and them squishing them with a bit of chocolate bar between two graham crackers. The recipe was originally published as a “Graham Cracker Sandwich” in the 1920’s but due to its yumminess it quickly earned the nickname of “Some More” a few years later. This was eventually contracted to “S’more” and still remains a popular fireside treat today. As “recipes” go, this is one that even I can make as the cooking part is not particularly scientific, and rather fun. Blowing the flame off a hot marshmallow is oddly satisfying. And really, anything with chocolate is usually guaranteed to be delicious.
For the name of this treat, we have the Boy and Girl Scouts of America to thank. I was actually a Boy Scout when I was younger for a brief period of time. Well, in truth, I was only a Webelo and never made it to the full rank. I got a lot of badges which was pretty cool, but it was quickly determined that I just didn’t quite fit in. This has been a running theme in my life and one that used to cause grief, but I now wear as a badge of honor. As it turns out, being different is quite a fabulous thing indeed. You stand out from the crowd a bit more, and can do things the crowd only dreamed of doing. Of course, when you’re young, “fitting in” often feels like the most important thing in the world. But the beauty of getting older is that you can say “screw it” to fitting in and do what you know is personally right for you. I’ve never intentionally wanted to be a maverick or buck the system just for the sake of it. I just feel that things can always be a bit better than they are if we take the time to improve them. Why always settle for the norm?
I love seeing all the amazing things that people create in our community here on Doodlewash. The wildly different approaches and amazing paintings are so thrilling! It’s not about whether you paint abstract or realistically, it’s about how you think, and the choices that you make. These choices are what ultimately become your art, and define you as an artist. We can copy masters all day long to learn our techniques, but in the end, it’s our personal choices that make our art unique. The recipe that only we could create. Yes, we do hope that as we making our paintings, there will be people out there who will request “some more.” But, for those of us who have felt the drive to create, we know that nothing could stop us from making that next new thing. Even if nobody shows up to appreciate it. Perhaps, in our journey, something brilliant will appear. An amazing thing that feels like an innovation, born out of the simplest of ideas. Like s’mores at a campfire.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Red Rose Deep, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.