After seeing a prompt of “woven” today, I nearly opted out and painted my usual go-to dessert instead. But after thinking about it, I figured I should take the challenge and so we have this basket of apples. Admittedly, an image one might expect to see in the fall, but it’s what inspired me today. I’ve never attempted something as intricate as a basket before and found it rather difficult. But it was a fun challenge to try! And I seem to be in challenge mode lately, trying as many new things as I possibly can all at once, so it was fitting. I should really take things a little more slowly, but I’m just super excited about the fabulous things coming next! Not the least of which is World Watercolor Month™ in July so mark you calendars and get ready for the biggest watercolor celebration of the year! I’ll be announcing more on this year’s event very soon!
Actually, there will be a new June challenge coming as well, so if you’re not already signed up for my newsletter, be sure to sign up here to be among the first to get the details! I’m waiting a week or two to officially launch the new Doodlewash Community, but if you haven’t yet, by all means, please log in now and create your profile so you’re ready to go when everything happens. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks ahead leading up to the BIG celebration in July. I’m working hard to make everything wonderful, and I only broke my site once in the process, so that’s pretty good so far. In truth, I also dulled the point on one of my beloved Escoda Versatil brushes and had to order a replacement. But the cool part about it all is that I feel extra energized. I adore new things and chasing after grand visions, so this is my favorite time of year. And most of all, as ever, I’m sincerely wanting to create a fabulous place for watercolor artists of all levels to come together and support each other on this incredible journey we call art.
The little kid in me is so thrilled and ready to just get on with it, that I’ve had to try to get my adult brain to take things more in stride. Hearing the two of them fight in my head has been an amusing thing, but has also left me pretty exhausted. In the end, I think I’m on the path to finding the perfect balance of truly crazy, who would think to try that ideas, and wonderfully sensible enhancements when it comes to Doodlewash. Thanks to all of you for your patience during this time. I promise that we’ll return to the regularly scheduled programming for my part of this blog, once I get all these new awesome things going in the next week. My biggest struggle is getting distracted and jumping back and forth between too many different things at once. But, that’s when the coolest ideas happen so I’m not too worried about my frenetic process. I’ve learned that with determination, everything will always work out in the end. Whether you’re planning something really big, or simply taking a moment to sketch a basket of apples.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Permanent Green Pale, Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor 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!