Jumping in again for our prompt of “Raincoat” today, with a little doodlewash of a bunny wearing one. I love a rainy day, though sometimes where I live it turns into a nonstop week of rain. So, when the rain finally stops and the sun begins to shine again, it’s really quite a wonderful thing indeed. Sometimes, on those special occasions there’s even a rainbow, which makes the moment feel even more amazing. As a kid, anytime someone mentioned there’s a rainbow in the sky, I would always immediately rush outside hoping to spot it. I think I thought all of my dreams would come true if I could just catch a glimpse. Even today, I feel the same. And many of my dreams have come true, while others are still waiting on the horizon. I’ll have my first picture book coming out later this month and that makes me super happy as that was a lifelong dream of mine. But the best part about dreaming is that it’s always most amazing when you simply never stop!
I was hoping to show up on Easter, so if you celebrate that day I hope you had a very happy one! As for me, I ended up getting wildly inspired and finished writing the second book in my new series. It felt really good, and then I realized that this also means I’ll have to come up with 17 more page spreads of illustrations. But, I’m thrilled to keep right on going. And it was a truly lovely weekend. Philippe and Aesha had one of their video baking phone dates where they make a cake together. It’s like a cooking show is happening in the background and it’s really fun to watch! As for the result, it was the first time Philippe had made carrot cake and it was a stunning success. He cut the sugar by a factor of eight and so it was filled with flavors that I never knew were there before! It was so delicious! There was a bit left over that was unfrosted and I kept sneaking bites of it throughout the day. I think that it helped quite a lot with my creativity, or at least that’s the story I like to tell myself.
And, as some of you already know, April is my birthday month!! Yes, I celebrate the entire month. And this month I’m turning 50, which seems like a nice round milestone, but doesn’t feel differently beyond that. I don’t feel any older and in many ways I think my inner child just keeps coming out to play more and more. So, I may actually be getting younger! And though I still have lots of dreams I hope to make come true, I’m quite happy with what I’ve managed to DO along the way. Even when I don’t do things perfectly, I still always think it’s perfectly awesome to try! So, I’m going to just keep right on coming up with new ideas and seeing where it all leads me next. With the pandemic, this has been a very strange and often stressful year, but there’s so much hope and happiness that will be coming in the months ahead. Even with so many days that can seem a bit too gray, there’s always that chance for a glorious rainbow, when the rain stops.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Hansa Yellow Medium, Vermilion, Quinacridone Red, Opus (Vivid Pink), Terra Cotta, Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!