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Doodle #71: Frolic

From the Doodler:

After the last Open Art Studio, I used the left over paint on someone's palette to make this doodle.  It's the first time that I remember using acrylics on watercolor paper.  It was fun playing with the texture, and meeting this happy little seamonster playing with a golden ball -what a frolic! (I checked the spelling of frolic just now, for some reason I always think there's a k on the end, and discovered the precise definition is "to amuse oneself, make merry, to be full of fun." Spot on!

I pre-doodled this one because I was headed out on an adventure to Colorado and New Mexico which included much frolicking in hot springs and on ski mountains with family and friends, old and new.  This doodle was apt and delightful foreshadowing for a wonderful vacation.

From the Scribblers:

You can only know your true depth when you are willing to swim with the fishes and reach for the moon. Diving and jumping are the body's way of playing with the duality of it all. –Jennifer H.

'Scrappy Moon Dancer' –Casey M.

Salacia calls
Her voice dances to the moon
A song of triumph      -Sarah S.

I think this one should be called Moonlight Water Polo because every evening the mermaids come out to play a bit. What they do changes with the seasons but tonight is the night for water polo! –Jennifer N.

Fat merman plays water polo –Katherine B.

Great Britain's Water Polo team has high hopes for gold in 2016 thanks to a new recruit from Loch Ness. –Dave J.

I slip into the water. The summer night is warm and the water feels cool against my skin. The water moves slowly, stretching the lily pads against the stems that anchor them to the clay beneath the surface. The moon is full over my head, and I celebrate the fullness of its light, alone. It is rare that I get to do this - experience the silkiness of the water against my bare skin. I giggle to myself. My family would be appalled to know that I went skinny-dipping. But I find the experience freeing. I stretch up my arms up toward the moon, imagining grasping its shining surface beneath my fingers, my back feeling the stretch as I reach higher and higher. While standing stretched, my torso out of the water, I hear the splash behind me. I turn quickly to see the fluke of a tail slipping beneath the surface of the water. –Cyndi D.

 This is beautiful and you have inspired me to look at art in a new way. I saw this doodle and thought - Nature surrounds us and it's a beautiful thing. –Veronica L.

 The merman and the moon –Jaclyn S.

 Mermaid basketball game –Elijah H.

 Dragon and mermaid play ball. –Karen C.P.

Playing ball with the moon....It may be caught by the sun! –Jessica G.

Welcome to the sea monster Olympic basketball finals. –Nicole M.

From the Doodle-Song Sommelier:

I don't know why I like this song with this. Maybe because I think it would be funny for a frolicking sea monster and whale to be singing, "I wish I was a fisherman..." My song pairing for this doodle is "Fisherman's Blues" by The Waterboys.