There’s no doubt that oysters are odd little things and not particularly pretty, but on rare occasions, one might just find a glistening pearl inside one of them. I landed here for today’s prompt of “beach,” mostly because I’ve probably already painted too many conch shells. And while pearls are indeed mysterious and pretty, they’re actually caused when an irritating object makes its way it an unsuspecting mollusk. A bit weird, since we don’t hold human kidney stones to such high regard, but perhaps that’s because they’re not so perfectly round and sparkling. In any case, a pearl is a rather wonderful thing. It occurs not despite a problem, but precisely because of a problem. Proof, that in even the most trying of circumstances, the most beautiful and amazing things can happen. I’m a firm believer that challenges, while certainly irritating, only exist to make our lives better and more fulfilling. To lead us to a sparkling conclusion that probably would have never happened otherwise. That’s a pretty awesome thing!
And things have been a bit trying and challenging on this site, for example. I’ve been making a million little tweaks and changes to make sure that it runs smoothly and quickly as we grow as a community. In case you’ve wondered, I’ve not added guest artists posts this week in case tiny problems occur with all my crazy tinkering. Rest assured, they’ll be back very soon once everything is smoothed out and running properly. But there are so many wonderful things happening and many improvements coming soon, so please stay tuned. Also, we just received a sample copy of our illustrated cookbook and it turned out great! It will be on sale very soon and I’ll let you know when you can get a copy for yourself if you’re at all interested. Still working through the formats as the coolest hardback version is a bit pricey. They’ll be an inexpensive e-book version, but honestly, the hardback one is just cool! We’ll will be offering a very limited quantity of the hardback edition at a lowered price for the launch, at least. And both Philippe and I will be sending a free copy to our mothers, of course. They’re really the ones to thank, after all, even though Phineas received the note in the dedication.
This has been such a fun adventure these past two and a half years. I still can’t believe that picking up a paint brush for the first time in the summer of 2015 would create such an addiction that would lead to such a wonderful community of artists. I just have to share a post from when I had been blogging for just barely over a month, for those of you who haven’t seen it. Click here to see the post. I rambled on and on about a Doodlewash movement and yes, even had buttons made. My newly discovered excitement for watercolor simply couldn’t be contained! A ridiculous thing for anyone to consider when they’ve only been blogging a month, right? But that’s the wonderful thing. When we let ourselves simply believe that our most ridiculous dreams are truly possible, then they can and actually DO happen. So, by all means dream on. Dream the biggest, craziest dreams you can possibly imagine. Don’t let yourself or anyone else ever tell you that something is impossible. It may take a lot of time, and a ton of little irritations along the way, but one thing is certain. At some incredible point in the journey, you will always end up with a pearl inside.
About the Doodlewash
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.
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!