Faced with a prompt of “flaky” today, I initially thought that’s how I’m feeling lately, but then I, of course, thought of pie. I’ve been feverishly trying to get everything up and running on my new site, so it was nice to just stop and splash some paint around. This is a very loose and quick sketch of a slice of cherry pie that I, once again, only wish was sitting in front of me. I tried to just let the watercolor do whatever it liked this time without trying to control it too much. So, this is what it decided to do today. Completely off-topic, Philippe bought us both fidget cubes, those little squares that you can click, push and turn to help with stress. He was using his while I was painting and I realized that it’s really just like a human equivalent of a dog toy. Something that seems quite fun when you buy it, but after it’s used by the intended recipient, you’re ready to snatch it up again and hide it in a closet. That said, it’s still really entertaining and therapeutic for the person using it, so I do actually recommend trying one. Fidgeting, as it turns out, can actually be rather enjoyable.
My mind has been a bit scattered lately, as I try to work out all the kinks on my new site. If you’re one of the early adopters who attempted to register, you might have noticed the sign in fields are now missing. As it turns out, since I’m on the WordPress.com platform, I can’t truly register people on this site by itself. The upside is, I think I’ve found a workaround by simply letting people log in immediately with whatever social network they prefer! I’ve activated three so far, but will hopefully be able to add a few more in the future. If you experience any problems, please just send me a note by clicking the little mail icon in the lower right corner of your screen. It’s all a big experiment and I truly appreciate your help in getting it to work correctly. The hope is that we’ll soon be able to add and share tips, conversations, and, of course, beautiful art, right here on Doodlewash! If you’ve successfully logged in, try changing your cover photo or clicking on “Media” in your profile and uploading some of your art!
Much more is coming, but these are the first baby steps into the wonderful unknown. My hope is that, like everything I’ve been creating, this is something we can build together. Things may be a bit bumpy along the way, but at least I now have a Fidget Cube to get me through it all. Seriously, it’s actually rather awesome. I’ve been playing with it in between sentences, which might not be a great thing if this ramble is meant to be anything approaching coherent. But now, I finally get why all those dogs are so engrossed with their toys. Or even better, it’s like being a little child again. Happily playing with whatever is there and fascinated by each little twist and click. It strikes me that no matter what happens, it will always be the little things in this crazy life that enthrall me. Sure, trying to build a little social media corner just for art is a little ambitious, but it’s just another little thing to try in the end. No matter how big an idea seems, it’s really just a matter of putting it into motion. After that, things will somehow work themselves out and, in the end, I always find it’s really never more impressive than a simple cherry pie.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Pyroll Red, Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. 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!