For Day 2 Of #WorldWatercolorMonth, we have an official prompt of “Sunny Sky,” which made me think of the sunrise, which in turn made me think of a rooster. I still remember hearing the sound of rooster crowing when I would stay at my grandparent’s farm. This particular rooster isn’t the same kind I knew as a kid, as Philippe introduced me to the Gallic rooster, le coq Gaulois, which is an unofficial national symbol of France. The sound of a rooster was the first signal of sun and a new day dawning. As lovely as that seems, on long summer sunny days, that crowing came insanely early in the morning. Thankfully, a kid doesn’t mind that at all, but when I stayed once as a teenager, I actually found myself annoyed to be woken so darn early in the morning. Thinking back, it wasn’t because I was particularly tired, it was because I’d lost a bit of that thrill that comes from the start of a new day. Instead of being excited for the million things that could possibly happen next, I thought I actually knew what was coming next. It’s funny how we can stop imagining possibilities and began to simply expect realities. As an adult, this only got worse until I finally decided to DO the unthinkable. I switched off that adult mind, so I can now awake each morning with the insatiable appetite for discovery I had when I was a kid. This wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to achieve and involved a few steps along the way to get there.
One of the first things I realized is that my adult mind tends to worry about things. Literally anything at all is a potential candidate for this worry and it’s a rather overwhelming emotion, or rather, excess of emotion. It’s not a true emotion at all, but a cocktail of thoughts that mix together to produce a bit of an anxious bundle of feelings. So yeah, I know that my parents handled all that adult stuff and now I actually have to deal with it, but there was something more to consider. When I think of being on the farm, I actually had chores to do that day. I wasn’t there to only play, but had to help out my grandparents first. Yet, even though I had a job to do, I wasn’t worried about it. I had to ask myself, why? As it turns out, I realized I didn’t yet have the experience to know what a “job” actually was. To me, it was simply showing up to DO something and figuring things out along the way. And when I compared this to my own adult life, there didn’t seem to be any real differences. That’s really all that happens each and every day, and even if the things that happen along the way seem tough or challenging, I just move forward to find the solution.
The next thing I realized was that nothing that I ever worried would happen was as bad as I thought it would be in the moment. This was probably the most revealing thought. They say that hindsight is 20/20, meaning that it’s easy to know what you should have done, but much more difficult to predict the future. Yet, if we look back at all of those times when something failed to turn out as worrisome as we thought, it’s a bit like predicting the future after all. The truth is, we can’t know exactly how something will happen, but we can predict with some certainty as to how it effects to us in the end. Because that’s one emotion entirely under our control. Or, at least, it should be, and was once upon a time. I know I often talk about embracing that inner child, but it’s only because I’ve discovered the sage wisdom to be found there. We can DO anything we set our minds to do, and we don’t have to worry about the result. We’re all amazing and talented creatures who can create anything we imagine. As long as we let that imagination lead the way so that we’re ready and excited to usher in that sunny new day, when the rooster crows.
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