I got a little ambitious with my glass obsession today and attempted this mason jar with lemon water. Halfway through the doodlewash, I could barely even tell what I was painting anymore there were so many textures and overlapping shapes. Also, I challenged myself to use just 3 colors again and chose Dioxazine Purple, Gamboge, and Cobalt Teal. This sprung to mind as I was drinking a ton of water this week in effort to combat whatever strange invader was attempting to take over my body. Thankfully, it worked and I feel much better, but I’m still a bit tired and needing some rest. Looking at this now simpy reminds me of the ridiculous number of trips to the bathroom I’ve taken over the last few days, which I realize as I type this is a bit of an overshare of information.
Even if when I’m not feeling a bit under the weather, the wonderful thing about lemon water is that it always reminds me of summer. As the heat continues to climb, there’s really nothing more refreshing and I find myself drinking more water this time of year than any other. I’m also particularly fond of these Ball Mason jars as they remind me of the various jams my grandmother would make and send home with me as a kid. These days, you’ll find them used to serve water in hip restaurants, but in those days, they were just used for canning every vegetable and fruit you could imagine. It was cool to have a little taste of grandma’s food even though I lived miles away from her. It just made it so much more special and no matter what was in the jar, it tasted better than anything else in the pantry.
These days, I only use these jars for lemon infused water but each time I take a sip, I remember being a kid again. Of course, the bendy straw is also a requirement. Whenever I was feeling under the weather, one of these straws was always a perfect remedy. As a kid in the suburbs though, this was more often jabbed into a can of 7up than placed gingerly in naturally lemon-infused water. But the effect was still miraculous. Soon, I was better again and happily enjoying whatever crazy thing it was that I was into at the time. It’s funny how something so stupidly simple can bring back a host of amazing memories. But it can. Just a little water, some lemons, a bendy straw, and a mason jar can make you feel like everything in the world, no matter how bad it seems, will eventually find a way to get better.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Dioxazine Purple, Gamboge, and Cobalt Teal. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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