As I was trying to come up with an answer to the prompt of “sunshine” I got a bit distracted and thought of breakfast. That’s the moment when the sun first shines and eggs, served sunny side up, seem like a bit of sunshine on a plate. Or in this case a skillet, as any chance to paint a shiny metal thing and I’m in. As a kid, I’m rather embarrassed to admit, I wouldn’t stand for any egg that wasn’t served cooked completely to death. I hated the runny yolk and wanted my eggs perfectly scrambled. Or, imperfectly scrambled to the finish, it didn’t matter as long as the yolk was totally cooked. I actually loved deviled eggs the best as the yolk was completely transformed into something else entirely. It was barely yolk at all really, just a new invention scooped into a waiting cooked egg white. I’m happy to say that those days have changed and I can now enjoy eggs in all their various varieties. This was helped along by Philippe, who prepares eggs in a multitude of ways. But, I’m also validated, as even he admits that the runny yolk versions were equally scorned when he was a child. It’s weirdly comforting to know that even a French kid experienced the same tastes.
I should mention, for those of you visiting Doodlewash daily, that I’m still trying to debug and get this site running at its full potential. All of the awesome functionality built into Doodlewash is based on themes and plugins which can cause a bit of issue from time to time. I’m working with the wonderful folks at WordPress.com to assess and figure out the issue now. The last issue to address is that the site goes down during peak times in the evenings. In order to deduce the problem, I may have to switch themes for a moment, so if things look perfectly crazy when coming to the site, rest assured, it’s only temporary as we get things figured out. The site is going down each evening like clockwork and this is “hopefully” the final test to get to a more complete solution. On the bright side, I’ve been busy optimizing the site and now, save the weird down times, it should be loading faster than usual for you. So, I’ll take those little wins and say that it’s actually been a rather sunny adventure, after all. I jumped in with big dreams to create a thriving community, and I’m determined to figure out how to make it happen.
By the way, it’s really just me making all of the functionality on this site happen. I don’t have a staff of folks, save the awesome support of WordPress.com, and so getting to a solution takes more time than it probably should. I’ve spent my life like this. Always trying to catch up to my dreams that are bigger than any one person should probably ever bear. But I think, in the end, that’s the perfect way to live a fulfilling life. Just DO what you think should happen next and figure it all out along the way. Sure, there will be hurdles and problems to overcome, but DOing is always the first step. I’ve found that the only regrets I truly have in life are the things I didn’t try. Those are the ones that haunt my dreams. The things I rush into and actually DO are always wonderful. There aren’t enough problems in the world to combat the sheer thrill of pursuing one’s dreams. So, hang in there with me as we move this particular dream to the next chapter. I hope, like me, you’re perfectly curious as to what will happen next. Nobody knows, but one this is always certain. When you pursue your dreams, life will always turn out sunny side up.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!