When I came to a prompt of “rose” today, I realized that this was probably meant to fall on Valentine’s Day instead, but in my haste to prepare the list we got penguins instead. No matter, as any day is a lovely day to receive a gift of roses. These are my gift to all of you who read and enjoy my little daily posts. Thanks so much for supporting me in my daily sketching and writing habit which is just about to pass 1,300 consecutive days. Yep, that certainly qualifies as a full on addiction! And, most of all, thanks so much for sketching and painting along with me each month during these challenges (we’re past the half-way mark this month!). It’s so inspiring to make art together each day with that happy feeling of knowing we’re all on this art journey together! Today’s little doodlewash has a decidedly spring look to combat the blizzard that is currently swirling around outside. There are no flowers to be seen from my window, just a several inch thick blanket of white snow. And while it’s quite beautiful, it’s made driving impossible, so Philippe and I are trapped indoors for the day. A perfect time to escape inside my sketchbook for some imagined warmth and color.
Philippe and I came home today before lunchtime and the snowy streets were already getting treacherous. Within an hour after we got home the news headline was “Snowfall Brings Kansas City Motorists To A Halt” so we’re thankful to be stranded indoors and safe in our house. And I’m still watching the snow fall as I type this, which is probably not a good idea as I’m so easily distracted. As a kid, days like this would thrill me and I would immediately start asking my mother when I could go sledding and enjoy it properly. These days, I still feel that little thrill, but I also remember just how soaking wet I was at the end, so I’m having a nice hot cup of coffee instead. I can feel Little Charlie pouting with every sip. Though, my inner child hasn’t lost entirely as Philippe announced he’s making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. I’m pretty sure I squealed in a most uncivilized way, and then, like a true child, asked if he could also make snickerdoodle cookies for dessert. He just smiled, which is truly the kindest way to say “No” to a crazy person.
As much as I’m excited for spring and the return of beautiful, colorful flowers, I’m loving this snowy day. With most of the people in the city now hidden indoors, there’s a quiet and calmness that’s so wonderfully rare. Though our dog Phineas doesn’t like the snow, he’s curled up next to me snoring, apparently enjoying the silence as well. The hours this afternoon seemed to go by slowly as though they were in a coordinated dance with the gently falling snowflakes. Nothing felt rushed or crazed and there was nowhere we needed to be and no way to get there if there was. In short, it ended up being the perfect day. The kind that comes so rarely it’s almost as if it’s never happened before. So, I’m going to keep enjoying this bliss well into the evening. Also, Philippe has just started his sauce for the spaghetti and meatballs and I’m rather sure I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else soon. Phineas just had his dinner and is now sitting in the kitchen glaring at us to let us know he also deserves a treat of some kind. It’s a truly typical evening, but the day has somehow made it all seem just a bit more special, like a gift of roses.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermillion, Opus (Vivid Pink), Leaf Green, Cobalt Turquoise, and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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!