After seeing today’s prompt of “barbecues and bonfires” my mind went inexplicably to pickles. More specifically, a giant jar of pickle slices as these used to always appear at my summer family gatherings. So I quickly rendered one hear with just a couple colors and a bit of neutral tint. I’m not entirely sure if hamburgers even had to be part of the menu, the jar would be there for anyone who wanted a slice, because, apparently, pickles go with everything. I’m not personally sure this is true and I’m rather picky about my pickles. I don’t like the sweet kind, often called bread and butter pickles. I prefer them tangy, when I actually have them. It occurred to me that it’s been ages since I’ve had a pickle slice. But the memories of that jar are super special to me. It’s funny that sometimes, the things you remember most are least significant things of all. At least in the moment. But, over time, those little things become the very fabric of our memories and these are the things that always make me smile, and why I love to paint them.
As we reach the middle of this 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge, I hope each of you are hanging in there with me! I’ve done this every day for over two years, and know just how tough it can be to keep going as the middle of the month hits. I still struggle to come up with something to paint each day. Even more so, something to actually say about it that makes any sort of sense in these posts. Bless you for reading these little rambles by the way. Unlike most sites, I don’t pre-plan my content on a chart and try to deliver things that a search algorithm might love. I just paint and write as I go from the heart and hope that what I have to say that day is something that might be interesting to someone. From the way I paint to the way I blog, I’m doing everything perfectly “wrong” according to the experts. But, I truly believe that the world needs a little dose of reality from time to time. A real person, writing a real blog with stories they care about, is a truly beautiful thing! A huge hug and shout out to all my fellow bloggers out there who simply share what they love each and every day!
And for those reading all the way to the end of my posts, I have something to give to you again today! Today, I’m changing it up a bit, and this one is only available if you’ve not yet gotten a free sample from me or won a prize in an official World Watercolor Month giveaway this month. (by the way there are tons of giveaways this month, so I made a page here for you to check, that lists the current ones so you can enter!) So, if you haven’t gotten anything yet during this most festive of global celebrations, then now’s your chance! I’ve got 10 Cheap Joe’s American Journey Sample Sets to give to those first 10 people who comment on my site and let me know they want one with “Watercolor Is Wonderful!” Thanks to each of you for making this year’s World Watercolor Month an amazing event. I love seeing people posting their first-ever watercolors online in July! I have all of my first attempts housed on this site and in a stack of sketchbooks in the corner. They’re very special memories to me, even the ones that weren’t particularly wonderful. They remind me of the moment, and that’s the most important memory of all, like a big jar of pickles.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Green, Cobalt Blue, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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