Since I wasn’t in the mood to paint an actual barn tonight, I opted for this barn owl instead. This is actually one of the most common types of owls and one of the most widespread of all birds, but this is the first one I’ve ever doodlewashed. I don’t really know much about barn owls other than that the baby ones look a bit like a Furby, in much more demure colors. But they’re rather fascinating with that heart-shaped face carved into a body that echoes the look of tree bark offering the ability to sneak through the night unnoticed. Kind of cool. I’ve always wanted to have the ability to make myself invisible. That has always been the superpower I would choose if I were ever granted a superpower. Mostly, so I could play practical jokes on unsuspecting people more than spying, though that might be fun too. And other times, when surrounded by crowds, my inner introvert gets a bit exhausted and just wishes to disappear for just a brief moment.
We went with friends to an amusement park today, which was a super fun time. What made it even better was that the park is within a week of closing and there were very few people there. It was amazing to not have to wait in long lines to jump on a few thrill rides, many of which we got to ride twice! Towards the end of the day, more people arrived and lines got too long so we decided it was time to leave. I’ve never liked crowds of people. It makes me uncomfortable. Despite the fact that I’m a generally happy and amiable person, I prefer interacting with people on a one-on-one basis. Being in a crowd of strangers has always made me a bit edgy. Though it’s generally easy to go unnoticed. Perhaps this is why I’ve never sought fame. I asked Philippe the other day if fame and fortune were inextricably tied, as I would rather enjoy the latter I think. He didn’t really answer as he considers most of my ridiculous thoughts to be merely rhetorical in nature.
And it may seem counterintuitive that a guy who is all about creating communities is like this. But I’m not creating random crowds, I’m helping to facilitate bringing people of like interests together so they can meet and communicate. I think it’s so awesome when a couple of creative people get together. Amazing sparks happen and ideas abound. It’s one of life’s most incredible experiences and that’s why I’m so determined to create as many ways as humanly possible to make it happen more. It’s not possible now for me to be part of every moment, but I love watching every moment scroll by. Seeing people share ideas, information, and now even art supplies. It’s all so cool! Thanks to each of you who have jumped into this little community and made it so incredible. And even though, some days, it may seem like I’ve disappeared for a bit, I’m always still there in spirit, cheering you on. I might just be taking a bit of time to recharge, fading into the background, a bit like a barn owl.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Leaf Green, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!