There appears to be, I’m sure, a bit of actual ice cream, our art challenge prompt for today, in this indulgent sundae. I love these kinds of desserts where the whipped cream reigns supreme with just a bit of an ice cream surprise at the end. As many of you know, I could also forgo the ice cream entirely and just indulge in a bowl of fresh whipped cream. But alas, none of that is actually happening as I’m on a diet at the moment. Well, I’m at least forgoing some of these little pleasures in order to make my clothes fit properly again. There’s no science to my diet as it simply consists of altering course as I go along. Should I partake of something decadent, I simply throttle back accordingly. I don’t like to think of it as dieting so much as simply balancing. Something I neglect to do entirely in the winter months where a loose sweater can conveniently hide all of my indiscretions. In a hot Kansas City summer, you end up as nude as is publicly allowable just to survive it, removing all doubt as to your actual physique. Last week, I put on a t-shirt labeled as “fitted” and had to wonder, “fitted” to who? So, I’ve had to make some difficult choices lately.
Thankfully, I’m married to a rather accomplished chef who makes the healthiest things taste truly amazing. Tonight, Philippe made a ratatouille that was incredible, formed in strips of zucchini and looking like something out of a Pixar movie. It was, in a word, art, and I felt so humbled. In the exact time it took me to dash off a quick little sketch of an ice cream sundae, Philippe had managed to create a culinary masterpiece. I was more than a little humbled. And much more than a little grateful to be with someone so amazingly talented. I’ve never had a very strong ego, that thing that makes us want to be better than someone else. My ego is much more communal in nature. If I can surround myself with amazingly talented people then I myself feel a bit more amazing in the process. This sums up my entire career as a Creative Director where I would often hide in the shadows pushing my team to win awards. And it certainly describes this very website where I simply seek to connect talented people and provide a way for them to share their art.
Over 450 artists have now been featured on this site and that makes me so incredibly happy! And so many others are sharing their art each day in Doodlewash Club as well! Let’s keep all of this awesomeness going in July as we begin the biggest month of the year for watercolor and celebrate World Watercolor Month! I’m so thrilled for the privilege of painting each and every day. It’s truly something amazing. For anyone wondering how in the world I show up each and every day with a little painting of some kind, there’s actually a trick to it. I simply carve out whatever little bit of time works in my busy life and make something! Yep, that’s it, there’s really nothing more earth-shattering to share. Unless, I also mention that whatever I make is just perfect for sharing, even if it was splashed off in only a few minutes. By painting each and every day now for close to three years, I’ve learned a lot of things. First, I know that not everything I make each day will be incredible. Second, I’ve learned to never actually care. The art is in the showing up to sketch and paint in the first place. Third, I guess it equally helps that I’ve never considered my daily art to be anything more wonderful than a little indulgence.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. 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!