- the daffodils I planted in the fall around the birch tree in the backyard finally blooming
- watching other things I planted and transplanted last year come back to life
- the smell of a rain-wet spring morning
- spotting my first hummingbird of the year yesterday
That little geranium sketch fills me with joy for some reason. It's on a page of sketches I did in my sketchbook when I was warming up before starting my geranium paintings. It's a bit like the fuchsia sketch I did. Quick pencil sketch. Playing with layouts and designs, but no expectations. I think I need to do more sketching like that. Not just when I'm preparing for a painting, but just for the joy of it.
The other day I was playing around with gouache a bit. Testing some color mixing. Seeing how I could manipulate the medium. I need more practice -- the only painting I'd done at that point was for my 2x2 Sketchbook. I used watercolor paper scraps and just made marks. Blobs. Shapes. Not very pretty and not very exciting. And then, for some reason I took some black paint and painted a fish. And then another fish. And another and another. In black. Then orange. Then blue.
It had been a crap day, but this was pure joy. Sometimes I think I get too hung up on what the final result is going to be. I get too serious. I need more play.
What about you? Do you make time for play? What would you put on your joy list today?