When met with a prompt of “exploring nature” combined with my urge to paint food again, we ended up with some cloves of garlic for today. Perfectly natural, and delicious. As the summer heat burns on here, we’ve been eating really light and enjoying a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Yes, for those who know me, wine is also made from fruit and I’ve still enjoyed a glass here and there. But, mostly, my summer menu has been extremely simple. I can get myself involved in so many things at once, as my mind is always brimming with ideas, but in general, I prefer a life that’s rather routine and simple. I think that’s why I typically approach my paintings with just a handful of colors. They may change, based on my mood, but I usually never exceed six colors and often prefer using just three or four. I’m a terrible cook, although I love food, and yet mixing paint often feels like a type of cooking. Using just the ingredients you have on hand, you make something new out of them. It’s so much fun to see what comes out in the wash!
Granted, even though the ingredients are simple this summer, Philippe is preparing the food, so I end up with amazing dishes. I keep telling him that he needs to write down these incredible recipes so we can make an illustrated cookbook to share with all of you, but I’ve yet to convince him. Also, when we looked up the minimum number of recipes one should include in a proper cookbook, it was still a rather staggering amount. I don’t believe in impossible, but let’s just say that it might be a lifetime achievement. I’m so impressed by people who manage to create a book of any kind. It’s truly impressive. Yes, since I’ve been blogging, I’ve written the word count equivalent of 10 novels, but without any of the finesse required to wrap them into a book. I simply ramble on about things and don’t really craft what I’m writing. If there’s a market for a book with the exact words that came while frantically typing them, then I’ll definitely publish one of those at some point. If nothing else, it will definitely be full of illustrations produced in roughly the same impromptu fashion.
And we are now in the final week of World Watercolor Month! It’s been an amazing year with such an incredible amount of enthusiasm and watercolors being produced every few minutes. If you’ve just discovered the amazing feeling of daily painting, don’t worry, it doesn’t really have to end in July. I’ll be announcing a brand new August challenge later this week and every month after that. I hope you’ll stay and paint along with me! And yes, once again, I have something to give you today. I’m giving the first 5 artists who haven’t yet received one yet, a Hahnemühle Cézanne, mould-made, 300gsm, Cold-Press, 9.44″x12.59″, 10 sheet block. Just comment below to let me know you want one with the phrase “Let’s Keep Painting!” And I want to personally thank you for all the inspiration you’ve given to me. Some days, it’s tough to come up with something to paint and other days, the thing I painted just wasn’t what I’d hope it would be. But knowing I’m not alone in this journey is an incredibly empowering thing indeed. As we each mix our ingredients together in our own totally unique fashion, it creates a buffet of and inspiring treats to enjoy. Each one different, to be sure, but all of them, naturally delicious!
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M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Quinacridone Rose, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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