Although I love the sunny days of summer, the one thing I hate is that it also marks the return of that tiny little bloodsucker called the mosquito. Thankfully, they’re not normally this large, as this has simply been magnified to these terrifying proportions for the purposes of this doodlewash. If you’re wondering why anyone would choose this as a painting subject, then you might be new to my side of Doodlewash. Hi, I’m Charlie, I’m your host, and I like to paint whatever weird thing pops into my head. There, now that we’ve been properly introduced, I highly encourage you to do the same at some point, because it’s super fun! Though after painting this one, I admit to slamming my sketchbook hard in hopes that I’d actually squashed it.

I’m still wanting to try some looser painting, some urban sketching, and some full landscapes during this fabulous celebration called World Watercolor Month. But, old habits die hard and those aspirations will have to wait for the weekends when I have more time to paint. So, today, you get a hastily crafted mosquito. Mosquitoes have bizarre abilities usually found only in science fiction stories. They can find their hosts by not only sight, but by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies. This is simply disturbing and makes an already irritating pest, beyond creepy. And, as if this tiny titan of grossness couldn’t get worse, some species are attracted to smelly feet.

And that’s literally all the mosquito facts I could take before moving back to those funny cat videos. Although, I’m not sure what I expected to find about these little guys. Their usual role in the news is as some tiny harbinger of the next plague against humanity. So, no, there really isn’t much that’s not disgusting about these guys and their main positive effect on the ecosystem is as food for other animals, but that’s only assuming they’re plague-free. The real lesson here, if one can be found in this ridiculous, rambling post is that it’s incredibly fun to sketch and paint literally whatever comes to mind. I hope all of you fabulous folks out there celebrating World Watercolor Month are focusing on the joy that comes from playing and never taking yourself or your art too seriously.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrol Red, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

45 replies on “Day 6: #WorldWatercolorMonth

      1. I got a bunch of mosquito bites this past fourth of july weekend from sitting around a bonfire – YUK! Feel like I haven’t had them in a long time, so quite annoying – LOL!

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  1. Great painting! My first reaction was to swat the computer screen, thankfully I stopped short of sending it off the desk…creepy, but brilliant painting…it looks well fed….ick. Your posts are always a treat and uplifting delight, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Oh dear, you are having way too much fun with bugs. And the awful thing is that this nasty one will not even reward you for your excellent portrait by ignoring your flesh to bite, ungrateful pest that it is. You could at least have painted an ugly mustache on it.

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  3. Fantastic! I don’t know about ‘hastily crafted’ as I see how much effort and intricate detailing you have put into ms. mozzie!!! it is A -mazing🙂 and I so love your statement…… ” the Joy of Playing” yep!! awesome – cheers, Debi

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  4. I am getting my rolled up newspaper back out of the recycling bin, Charlie! Actually, this is a great, expertly detailed doodlewash, but hopefully tomorrow something more “lovely” pops into your mind! 😉

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  5. Eep! I hear that awful, high-pitched buzz! Fantastically horrible doodlewash, as I’d expect – I’ve never really studied one so closely before. At least we didn’t walk into any on our nature trail! One this size would have been pretty darn scary.😛

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  6. I have a swollen, itchy bite on my ankle from this insect over the weekend! 😬 Did you discover why they make such an annoying buzzing sound in the middle of the night when you are trying to sleep?! 😴 Love that you paint insects, Charlie! This is just not a favorite! Lol! 😆

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  7. Well I’m certainly not, Charlie! Taking myself seriously, I mean… I am enjoying the fun though!
    I had a spider the size of your mosquito in the corner of my bedroom the other night – that was like something out of a horror movie, and I allowed it free reign. I could see it watching me. Your little lovely appears to have just fed…

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