When the weather gets as hot as it is today where I am, the only umbrella that comes to mind is the one sticking out of an ice cold tropical drink. A beach would be lovely as well where you could dive into the water and get another refreshing break from the sun. Sadly, I don’t actually have access to either so I just have this little fantasy doodlewash. But, something definitely very cool is starting this weekend when World Watercolor Month kicks off again! Join me as we paint through 31 days of watercolor! The global watercolor celebration actually starts tomorrow for many of my friends in the world where it’s already Saturday now. So I hope you’ll be kicking us all off in style by posting and tagging #WorldWatercolorMonth so we can all see what you share in our global gallery! (Facebook no longer pulls hashtags, so if you’re there, simply add your paintings to our Facebook Group! And you’re certainly invited to log in with Facebook and share your paintings right on Doodlewash.com via Doodlewash Club!). I still have one more day to go with our June challenge and if you do as well, add #WorldWatercolorMonth tomorrow and you’ll already be a watercolor ahead! Pro tip!
I’ve been busy preparing for all the festivities coming in July, which include a ton of awesome giveaways (bookmark this page and check it regularly as new giveaways will be appearing often!). I think that’s pretty much all the updates, so now back to our regularly scheduled programming of rambling about tropical drinks. In truth, I haven’t had a drink like this in years, favoring a simple glass of wine. But if I’m on a beach, I’ll definitely have one. It’s like a little party in a glass and even if it’s ordered by someone else, the mere presence at the table makes me smile. I feel like this time of year I’m always running a bit behind with things and trying to catch up, so it’s nice to take a little break and dream of well… taking a little break! But when it comes to sketching and painting each day, I just can’t stop because it actually is my little break each and every day. I can enjoy wonderful fantasy drinks and desserts and even take a moment to connect with birds or goldfish. All within my trusty little sketchbook where you’ll always find me sketching stuff each and every day.
I’m not sure if anything I’ve ever created would be considered a masterpiece, but I think when you take the more than 1,090 sketches and stories I’ve posted here in less than three years, that surely must add up to something rather notable. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish with this blog, taking me places I couldn’t have dreamed it would ever go. But, I’m equally happy that it simply did exactly what I wanted it to do in the first place and keep me sketching and writing each and every day. I’ve amassed a word count equal to more than a dozen novels and though not every post is a glistening story in itself, they’re all part of one big story that I’m always in the act of telling. The main theme is simply the motto and manifesto of this site – DO! I wrote and posted this manifesto just one week after I started painting for the first time with watercolor and I’ve never once changed it. And on days when I feel overwhelmed or even a touch discouraged, I still return to it, like a tropical drink on a hot summer day.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Benzimida Orange, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Turquoise, 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!