As many of you might know, since I’ve celebrated it from the moment I started posting my doodlewashes, April 8th is Draw A Bird Day (full story here!), so I hope you’re having a very happy one, particularly my friends and fellow bloggers on WordPress! They are totally responsible for my bird sketching addiction. For my bird, I opted for this quickly sketched flamingo since I’ve only ever sketched one three years ago and had yet to sketch the entire bird until today. I opted for a rather shy flamingo in order to have it fit into my sketchbook nicely. I was thinking of trying a flying flamingo, but they put their neck out rather straight when they fly, so that would have made for a very small sketch. Yet, I rather liked the odd little bird that appeared. I showed Philippe and he just said it was, “weird” which I took as a compliment. In truth, posting things for everyone to see can cause a bit of shyness. I’ve learned exactly what people like most, and know that when I stray from that path, fewer people will respond or, when it comes to social media algorithms, even see it in the first place. So, I happily stray from that path whenever humanly possible! It’s fun to try new things and that’s the whole point of making a little something new each day. And, still today, that’s what you’ll often find me eagerly DOing much of the time.
Yet, the truth is, I am a rather shy person. I know it sounds strange coming from the guy who has publicly blogged about his life for over three and half years now. And, to top it all off, I used to be an actor on stage for several years. But back then, I was playing the part of someone else, so it never really phased me. Being on stage, as it were, as just myself these past few years has been illuminating and more than often humbling. I know one is supposed to craft a persona of some kind when it comes to social media, but I didn’t do that. I flew in and said, “Hi, I’m Charlie! I’m perfectly crazy, but I hope you like what I have to share!” To prove just how crazy I was, when I first posted, I received no comments whatsoever, yet dutifully showed up each day posting more and more things, talking to my imaginary audience. People did actually show up eventually, and many of them from those first few months are still around today! And, I continue to meet new friends along the way on this wonderful art journey. I guess what they say is true. Birds of a feather DO tend to flock together. And I’m so happy that’s the case. I honestly wouldn’t be here today, yes, still sketching birds, if it weren’t for those wonderful friends who encouraged and supported me along the way. Much love to you all!
That early support I felt made me want to spread that joy around the world and so I quickly invited guest artists to join me. and within that very first year, founded World Watercolor Month in July. I can’t list all of the names of those earliest friends as I know I’ll mess it up somehow and forget someone, but you know who you are. Oh my gosh, that’s like some weird acceptance speech for an award I failed to receive. At any rate, I just want to say that we birds of a feather should do everything in our power to continue to flock together. We’re always stronger that way. And together, we can make amazing things happen. Someone recently sent me a note marveling at all of the things I’ve made happen, and so I have to come clean. It was never just me. Never once. Not one thing I’ve done to date can be credited to anything other than the beautiful art community we’ve created together. Not simply Doodlewash, but every connection made while we were making art and supporting each other. So, you see, I didn’t make anything happen at all. Doodlewash is simply a space where the art of the possible can occur. No matter what we do in life, there’s one thing that’s certain. Birds of a feather actually DO flock together, and I for one, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this particular bird feel very welcome. Even if, in the end, he’s only a shy flamingo.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Benzimida Orange, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black 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!