And I'm not just rationalizing. Seriously.
I woke up at about 4:45 to a pack of coyotes yipping down the street. It's such a cute sound.
What follows is not.
One millisecond later, Splotchy, who thinks he's a coyote, and who was sound asleep, shoots off me and heads for the window to yip back. He sounds JUST like them. It's so ridiculous that it's funny and I laugh despite not being quite awake. It wasn't much weirder than sleep anyway - I had had a dream that Arnold Schwarzenegger and I were working on a project where people would rent beds in malls and sleep out in the open areas, and it started raining inside while we were planning which threw a wrench in all of it.
But after Splotchy started yipping, ALL the dogs in the neighborhood started howling together. Dogs and coyotes do not like each other. Yip, yip, howl. Yip, yip, howl. Time to get up.
I started working and after about five hours, having forgotten coffee altogether (mistake) I took an art break. My desk is a disaster. I just don't have time to be organized right now. So I did what I always do. I pushed everything away to clear a spot JUST big enough for a tiny piece of watercolor paper and I started to paint. I'm slow, so halfway through, when I was just starting to relax and have fun I realized that my mess was exactly the reason stampers and artists are my favorite people.
We can make a tiny bright spot in ANYTHING.
That's what you do when you push back all the clutter to make a tiny space to make something prety in. You just make your own little bright spot.
Optimism in its purest form.
Strangely enough, a very good metaphorical match for the image I was coloring. I love it when the universe lines up.
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Treasured Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun
Paper: Watercolor paper, First Edition DSP, Going Grey
Accessories: Want2Scrap bling, Viarco Water Soluble Graphite, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Black Marker
The monarchs are recovering here from last year's drought and it's good to see them again. They are our state insect, and I love them.
They make a little bright spot.
Don't fret the mess. Do something with the space you cleared. :)