As we close out the week and head into the weekend, we have a fun prompt of “colorful” today, which can truly be anything at all. The only thing that came to mind for me was a bowl of jelly beans, since I spent the afternoon snacking on them. Well, not the entire afternoon, but stealing a few each time I passed them. To me, this is the perfect form of snacking. The casual and stealth approach that simply includes a few quick and innocent grabs for a treat, barely counting as having snacked at all. Of course, after several trips the calories certainly add up, but it doesn’t feel like it at the time so it’s perfectly awesome. It’s precisely the same reason why my sister and I put the cap back on the can of peanuts in between sneaking bites. It’s like resetting the clock so the previous handful never really happened at all. Sometimes in life, it’s fun to sneak a little happy in without worrying too much about it. This applies to just about anything in life really and, for me at least, it what makes each day just a little more fun.
Though I definitely manage to get all the things done that are required in a day, mostly at least, in order to get through it properly, I need happy distractions. Just a little break every so often to let my mind wander a bit before I can move on the next task. In my job, many of these tasks require creative thinking, which isn’t very sequential and orderly. In fact, if thinking becomes too orderly the ideas simply aren’t quite as compelling. It’s not possible to force an idea into fruition and get a good one. They’re like children. They’re going to do what they want and the best you can do is try to guide them along the way. It’s a thrill for me to see the seeds of an idea come together into something really new and cool. Just a bunch of random bits and pieces that when they combine, in just the right way, create something colorful and extraordinary. In fact, this entire site is a living and constant brainstorm. A collection of creative minds that came together to build something fun. Each little feature and idea that you find here came from a member of our own community. We built this all together and continue to build it together!
This has been the most rewarding part of my little art journey. Painting with friends is really fun, and being able to do it virtually is perfect for many introverts like me. A crowd of actual people would make me a bit edgy, but having a few thousand friends drop by online is the perfect sort of party! So tonight, I’m serving up a little candy and I hope there’s enough for everyone to enjoy. And I got to use my eight favorite colors all at once so that’s always a fun thing. It’s also practically my entire palette as I don’t have more than twelve colors that I ever really use. It’s way more fun to mix things together. Taking just a few things and making them into something so much bigger. I’m sure there’s equally something to be said for having a grand plan and systemically making it happen. But I like all the surprises along the way when I just start with a vague notion. You never quite know what will happen next that way. As humans, we often seek order and meaning, but I also think there’s something wonderful to be found when you’re just snacking on jelly beans.
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