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.
About the Doodlewash
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.
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!