It's 907° outside today...hot enough to bake some chocolate chip cookies on the brick patio oven. And my grass is, well, sorta tall. Mowing around things that buzz, fly, and sting is not my idea of fun.
Is there a way to make it fun? You bet!
I started looking for some inspiration in the not-so-fun heat and mowing. We have several butterfly bushes so I stopped to take a picture of a beautiful black and blue butterfly. How far did it travel? What has it seen? (insert story) There was a rabbit in the yard - before I fired up the lawnmower - that disappeared under the bushes. Where did it go? (insert story). In the center of the backyard, where a tree stump once was, there are a bunch of chipmunk holes. What are they doing down there today? (insert story) Honestly, I think evil things with wings live down those holes...
The purpose of this post is to remember and look for the character and their story no matter what you're doing. It exercises your creative muscles and takes your mind off of something not-so-fun, like dodging flying things that sting!
I took some of the photos from today and just added some crazy stuff to them in Procreate. It felt good to do something off the wall!
How do you exercise your creative muscles in the July heat? Share in the comments below!
Deb Johnson is an illustrator and writer for the children's market. She loves character designing and story weaving...and is excited to see what God is knitting together in the process!