As we begin the month of June, it’s time for a brand new Doodlewash adventure! This month is all about Sunny Days, those times in the sun that make for beautiful memories. To kick things off, I’ve made a cold beverage of some kind. I’m sticking with my ink-free style that I’ve been experimenting with and attempting glass, something I’ve only ever done with ink. The fun of painting in this fashion is that I get to jump right in with watercolor almost immediately. The challenge is getting the contrast that I love, but by using a bit less water for some strokes and my tiny, pointy #2 Escoda brush I’m trying to find a happy medium. I’m not entirely sure yet where I’m going with this new style, but it’s fun to try new things. And when it comes to the heat of summer, I can assure you I’ll have plenty of cold drinks on hand to get through it. I’m not a fan of the extreme heat we get here in the Midwest, but I do love the sun! My little basenji, Phineas, is a huge fan of the summer months, preferring to spend the day outside soaking up the rays of the sun on the terrace. I tend to run a bit warm, so I can’t join him for all of that sun worshipping, for fear of melting, but it’s still a lovely time of year.
So many changes lately and lots of new things happening here on Doodlewash. If you experience anything odd or confusing, please send me a note and let me know. I would be forever in your debt. It’s just me doing all these crazy new things and it’s entirely possible I’ve broken a little something here and there. Your feedback is incredibly helpful so I can find any little bugs and squash them in my journey to make this a super fabulous destination for artists. As I begin to roll out many of the new features over the next week, my hope is that you’ll help me along the way and we can build these new ideas together. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I pretty much just do the next thing that comes to mind and I always prefer the fun of having others join in. Art can sometimes feel like a lonely journey, so connecting and sharing with other artists is such an important part of the path.
When I was young, I would spend hours lying around in the sun trying to get a lovely bronze tan. My coloring made the bronze a bit redder than I imagined in my head and if I stayed too long, I’d end up the color of a cooked lobster. This was not sexy and sometimes perfectly terrifying. Philippe, being the scientist in the family, now pulls me into the shade at all times. When I am allowed outdoors, I have to wear sunblock at levels that could stop the rays of a microwave. Being coated like a glazed donut is not particularly awesome, so I’ve just accepted more time in the shade. But, I have such wonderful memories of being out in the sun without any care at all when I was a kid. Those are the memories that I’m wanting to relive this month. Even if, in reality, you’ll find me hiding under an umbrella, I’ll still very likely be enjoying a cold summer drink.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Pyrrol Red, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil 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!