There wasn’t a lot of time to paint today and less time to even decide what to paint, sometimes the toughest part. When faced with a prompt of “hazy” a lovely foggy landscape came to mind, but since I’m not a landscape painter, this was not an option. Ultimately, I ended up with just a simple little glass of milk in today’s little 30 minute painting session. I only drink almond milk these days, as the cow kind doesn’t seem to like me, even though I’ve nothing personal against it. As a kid visiting my grandmother’s farm I’m quite aware of how an animal gets milked, I’m just not sure how they manage the same on a tiny almond, but sometimes it’s best to not ask questions. And looking at the result now, I see a glass half full, as I always do. This is my pesky optimism at work, assuming that everything, somehow, will always work out just fabulously. Things don’t always, of course, but I’ve found that assuming they will actually works much of the time.
I’m not sure where my optimism comes from. I don’t know whether this is an inherited trait or something that comes from the way one is raised. Either way, I always tend to see the brighter side of things. Even my stint in corporate America was made more tolerable with this wonderful trait. Hearing someone say some ghastly and stupid in a meeting, I would stop and look for any little trace of wisdom that might be hiding there. I was determined to live by the mantra that everyone has something to teach me. I think this is why I’m always drawn to creating communities of people from vastly different background. For example, this site is a bit of a hodgepodge of every single thing anyone has thought to do with watercolor. I love that! I think it’s incredibly important to look around and see what others are doing, even if how they do it is very different from me.
So with that idea driving me, I’m about to embark on a new adventure. I have a stupidly ambitious vision for Doodlewash and to make it happen, the first step will be converting to a new site design. I’ve decided to start this insane endeavour tomorrow, so you might see some changes, and some major issues for a bit as I attempt to accomplish it. I’m an illustrator, not a programmer, so this is truly beyond my scope, but I’m excited to take on the challenge. Thanks in advance for bearing with me. Little Charlie is in charge for a moment and he has big dreams and a certainty that they will all come true. Yep, my inner child has taken over for a bit and I’m bound and determined to make something incredibly cool happen. There may be a few bumps along the way, but I’m not too worried about that. In the end, it’s not a big deal, it’s simply a glass half full.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Pyrrol Red, Cobalt Teal, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon with black 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!