Today marks the last day of September and the final day of this month’s Simple Pleasures challenge. Thanks so much to everyone who played along this month and I hope you’ll join us for the October watercolor challenge as well! I’m running a bit late today, and in my rush, I thought the prompt was head in the clouds, which is why we have this quickly sketched giraffe. But truly, watching clouds float by means roughly the same thing. It’s that amazing feeling when you sort of lose all sense of time and the stress of the world disappears into a deep blue sky. As a kid, I spent most of that time deciding just which animal those clouds resembled most. There were giant floating squirrels, ducks, and elephants in my imagination and it made the looking upward seem like a truly wondrous experience indeed. These days, nothing has really changed. I still find myself doing the same thing. And my head is definitely in the clouds most of the time, as I have so many dreams filling my mind that it’s often difficult to concentrate.
One of my dreams is already coming true and that’s the lovely artist community that’s forming right here on Doodlewash! I have so many grand plans for what’s coming next, and many of those features will be showing up within the next several weeks, just in time for the holidays! So, if you haven’t jumped in yet, then you really should log in and join the fun (and start earning DO Points for your participation… trust me, you’ll really want them soon!!). As for the holidays, if you look around at retail shops, you’ll already see that Christmas decorations are popping up right next to Halloween skulls. It’s bizarre and unsettling. I instead, prefer to take these final months of the year, one step and one holiday at a time. That’s the beauty of being a dreamer. Life can be spinning at a frenetic pace around you and yet the world can still seem slow and breezy. A fabulous buffet of opportunities await. There’s always time.
So, I hope you’re enjoying a fabulous weekend and taking a bit of time to dream. It’s entirely possible to do anything you set your mind to doing. I get so stupidly distraction all of the time, and yet still manage to get a ton of things done. Truly, I’m living proof that it’s possible. If I can show up to paint every day, then literally anyone can do it! I’m a mess and not particularly organized at all. I run on pure adrenaline and dreams. It’s a fuel that can be a little erratic, but somehow always manages to come through and make things happen in the end. And honestly, it’s just really fun! I see life as a big joy ride. You roughly imagine the direction you want to head, hop aboard, and just let the road take you where it wants. It’s way more fun to live life as though it’s the dream itself. So, that’s where you’ll always find me. I’ve always been that little kid talking about all the amazing things he’s going to do while the adults just chuckle and nod. That boy in the corner who, while everyone was doing only what they felt they should do, was happily dreaming and watching clouds float by.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, Cobalt Blue, and Cobalt Turquoise. 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!