A Candy Colored Gecko

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 10 - A Candy Colored Gecko - Doodlewash

Today, I felt like painting with bright candy colors, but then saw that the prompt for today was reptiles. I know I actually write these prompts, but I’m just as surprised as you when I look at them each day. Many lizards can be bright and colorful, so I decided to sketch a little gecko and jump in with just 3 colors to see what would happen next. This is what happened next. Sometimes, it’s just fun to play like a kid with a fresh new coloring book and not worry too much about accurate hues. Actually, most of my paintings are pushed a bit beyond their normal color range. I tend to see the world through a tinted glass that makes everything appear just a bit more saturated and happier. Also, it’s been a terribly gray and cold day here so I figured a burst of color was certainly in order. We’re hiding indoors staying warm. Philippe is watching his news program while playing a game on his phone. And Phineas is snoring on the couch with a strange mix of sounds that alternate between cute purring puppy and senile elderly man with a sinus problem. In other words, a perfectly normal evening.

In other news, Doodlewash has been experiences some moments of down time lately, but WordPress.com developers are on the case, so please check back as the site will be back online shortly. There are quite a lot of plugins running all the various features here, so it can sometimes be hard to track down the culprit. Sometimes I wish a magical multi-colored gecko would appear and grant me a wish where I could promptly command it to eat all the “bugs” on my site! I doubt that will happen though as I’ve never been quite that lucky. But I’m confident it will all get sorted out soon so thanks for your patience. I’m not a web developer by any stretch, just a big kid with a big dream trying to do more than he really knows how. I’ve always been this way, but I’ve found it makes life far more fun in the end. And why you’ll find #9 in the Doodlewash Manifesto saying “DO try the hard stuff before you think you’re ready.” Jump in and have a go and the rest will always sort itself out in due time.

I’m sure people who approach life more sensibly experience less drama, but I’ve never been one of them. For me, life is best lived at full pace while throwing your hands around wildly in the air and running like a child who’s just had too much sugar. It’s just more fun that way. If you stop and doubt what you’re going to try next, it’s always kind of bummer. There’s really no way to know when the doubting should end the DOing should begin. So, I say, just go ahead and DO it and see what happens next. At the very least, you’ll always know what you shouldn’t try again. And that’s a rather amazing lesson in itself. Life is nothing more than a series of experiments. We try things and see what happens and then make adjustments as we go. And when it comes to art, there is no greater experiment on the planet. It’s a lifetime of experimentation that nets various and different results each and every day. And that, to me, it what makes making art such a thrilling experience. You might end up with something you envisioned that fits everything you saw in your mind’s eye. Or, conversely, you might just end up with something strange, and yet compelling, manifested in the form of a candy colored gecko.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Opus (Vivid Pink), and Cobalt Turquoise.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 10 - A Candy Colored Gecko - Doodlewash

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16 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    Your gecko is amazing! Your candy-bright reptile is proof that even your lizard brain is upbeat and cheery!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    Great color choices! I love that guy. I like the perspective that life is a series of experiments. I, too, prefer drama to order.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yes, life is definitely lived better as a lovely experiment!

  3. Lisa 3 months ago

    You must have been hungry when you painted this because he looks like a gummy gecko. 😁

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      haha! Yeah, I probably wished I was painting a dessert instead! 😃💕lol

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Art and life are about the journey, not the final product. Unless the final product is a gecko painted like he’s going to Mardi Gras. This one looks like he’s excited to get into a parade dancing down Bourbon Street. Certainly fun creatures.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Hehe… thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I should probably have titled this Gecko In Drag, but didn’t think of it in time! lol

  5. mylifeofwife 3 months ago

    Love how you interpreted the prompt in an innovative way!

  6. Pamela Smith 3 months ago

    They do change color and this one is in a sunny storm,,I love it..

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Pamela! 😃💕 Figured I’d brighten things up a bit! hehe

  7. Jacob 3 months ago

    He’s so cool, and looks pretty happy with the colours himself! Perhaps he can go to Wonka land besides the candy cacti!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      haha! That would be amazing!! Yes!! 😃💕 Glad you liked it Jacob! I think everything should be part of Wonka land!

  8. Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

    That is such a happy colored gecko. We all should be so colorful, the world would be aahappier place

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Totally true! 😃💕 Thanks, Sandra! Yeah, I went a little crazy with colors on this one, but I think this gecko is enjoying his or her flare! hehe

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