When the day began today, I had just a small list of things to complete, but as the day progressed, things got busier and busier. After I finally made it home from work this evening, I’d not even looked at the prompt for today of “Tickled Pink” and wasn’t sure what to sketch. With just a few minutes to sketch whatever came to mind. As a phrase, it means to quite literally glow with pleasure. So much so that one’s skin and cheeks turn a rosy pink in color. Since, I sketch stuff and not people, I inexplicably opted for a blushing ice cream twist cone. If you’re curious how I landed here, it’s because Philippe and I saw a box of cake cones recently at Trader Joe’s and remarked how it always signals that summer is on its way. And ice cream in a cone is more than enough to thrill me and make my cheeks turn a happy pink. Though, in reality, I just like plain old vanilla best, just like I did when I was a kid. There used to be local ice cream shop that sold a flavor called “sweet cream” which didn’t even bother with adding vanilla and I liked that even better. Yeah, I would also have pretty much been happy with a big dollop of whipped cream as well. While I like to let my life take whatever crazy turn it wants, I like to keep my treats rather simple.
Indeed, I think that’s why after all of this time, I still just show up sketching stuff. A piece of life on a white background without a lot of other ingredients. In many ways, I answer these prompts with a visual prompt. It’s always my hope that you, dear reader, will fill in what’s missing here. That context I failed to show you. Instead of painting the scene I remember, I like to paint the stuff that made that memory happen. When I was a kid, the most amazing ice cream experience came during family gatherings when we’d each take turns cranking it to completion in a barrel. Even when the recipe was replicated and made alone at home it never quite tasted the same. This seems practically impossible, but I’ve always found that food enjoyed with family just tastes a bit better in that moment. It’s the moment itself that adds that ethereal and impossible to replicate flavor. I guess you could say, life just tastes a bit sweeter when you experience it with the ones you love.
This happens to Philippe and I all of time. We’ll be out at a restaurant and the wine we ordered tastes incredible so we take a photo of the label and find it later in the store. Sure, the first gasp-worthy moment is discovering it costs a quarter of what we paid for a bottle in the restaurant. The second, is that it doesn’t taste quite as amazing as we remembered it tasting. It was suddenly just a bit of wine and nothing more. For me, my sketching, coloring, and writing experience has always been grand. Even on days when I’m nearly too busy to sneak in a sketch and create something. The key ingredient in all of this has always been all of you out there. My quickest and silliest sketches are made more wonderful because you dropped by to enjoy them with me. You often share your own wonderful stories in the process, which completes my art. Adding the background and context this artist purposely omitted. I love hearing what you remember and the stories my own words and visuals evoke. Together, we’re making a complete piece of art. One that couldn’t possibly end up in a real gallery, but instead, this virtual one that lives on here each and every day. Thanks for being part of my art. Even more than ice cream, and that’s saying quite a lot, it truly makes me tickled pink.
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