During the summer months, we get a lot of hot weather, and the occasional rainy day, or lately, a really stormy day. There have been a couple times this season where a storm has been very severe, leaving a host of fallen trees and debris in its wake. Thankfully, we’ve not sustained any damage to our home, but bad storms can always be a little unsettling. On the flip side, the calm after the storm is a really beautiful thing indeed. It’s that moment where everything seems incredibly peaceful suddenly, more so than it had ever been before. And when I was a kid, I loved seeing all the snails appear immediately after a rain. Well, eventually, as snails move rather slowly. They were fascinating to me back then and still hold the same appeal as an adult. Though my urge to actually touch them has faded. But it’s cool to see these little quiet neighbors suddenly come out to enjoy the weather. It was always a sign that things would be calm once again.
During one recent storm, we walked outside afterward to find a large tree was blocking the end of the sidewalk. Since we’re in a rowhome and at the very end away from the road, this particular walkway was the only way to walk out the front door to the street. So, we were literally blocked in that direction. It was wild to walk out after the storm and see just a mass of leaves where the view of the street had once been. The sun hadn’t quite set, yet it was fairly dark, and all the neighbors came out to view the damage. No house was harmed and even more importantly, no person, but there we all were, staring at a large mass of branches and wondering what was happening on the other side. Despite the sadness of losing a large and lovely tree, there was equally a sense of solidarity. We didn’t say much. We didn’t have too. We were a community and we knew that, if nothing else, we still had each other. And that’s the most beautiful feeling of all!
It’s been a very busy month this July and World Watercolor Month has been an incredible experience! A very special thanks to all of our amazing official sponsors for their generous support of this charitable event! And thanks to each of you for participating and hopefully, donating a bit to the heart of World Watercolor Month, so we can raise funds for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and get arts supplies for underprivileged kids. And, thanks to our awesome sponsors, we’ve had incredible giveaways (still time to enter two of them!), and I’ve also had something to give back to you each and every day. For this post, I have my last 10 Cheap Joe’s American Journey Sample Sets for anyone who hasn’t been awarded one yet and replies below with “I Love World Watercolor Month!” to let me know they want one! After such a busy month, one would think I’d take a break, but why stop now?! It’s been raining watercolors all month long and to just keep right on painting is the best thing I can think to do after the storm!
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M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Yellow, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Phthlocyanine Green, Burnt Sienna, and Nuetral Tint. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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