It's a Great Word
Saying the word makes me feel like jumping up and down, or skipping around the room or across the lawn. Yes, yes, I do have lawn outside this time of year.
Serendipity is good fortune. So when I was invited to head south into Mexico to paint for a week I thought the invitation serendipitous. As you know, if you read this blog, I have been working on three commissions simultaneously. That can get a bit hectic and I can get a bit scattered. With sketchbook, watercolor paints and brushes I headed south thinking I would draw and paint palms because that is one of the commissions, palms. I would have a chance to step away from the studio, relax and center myself. I would focus on palms.
Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. So even though I declared I would be painting palms, in Palmilla, I discovered, quite by accident, I wanted to paint pineapples while there. A beautiful pineapple sat in the kitchen upon our arrival. One of these commissions involves a pineapple painting, so what a great way to get to know this fruit, one I have not painted previously, one that had been in my scattered thoughts, one that needed some attention. I would draw and paint this fruit.
As is typical of the way I work, I sketched the fruit in detail and then painted these quick watercolors to give me working knowledge of the pineapple and how I might like to present it in the final painting.
Check back to see how this all comes together...there is apt to be more serendipity taking place and maybe just a little skipping.