So I decided to break away from bugs and actually attempt to doodlewash a bug-free flower for the first time on this journey. Passing a bush of roses yesterday, I thought for tonight’s #NatureDoodlewash I’d share this yellow one with you. This particular color of rose is a traditional symbol of friendship, so I’d like to say thank you to all my wonderful fellow doodlewasher friends out there who I’ve met on this amazing journey. The beauty you share with us each and every day truly makes the world a better place. And your constant inspiration is helping me on my path to be a better artist.
Roses are such interesting flowers because they, more than any other, seem to be loaded with so much meaning when you’re giving them to someone. There are entire charts to help you navigate which rose color to choose in order to send the right message. Most men just know that red means “I love you” so you’d better be super sure before handing one of those out. But white is associated with marriage and new starts, so that’s also a dicey one. Ironically, white is also associated with the end of life and used as a gesture of remembrance. Orange is all about passion and enthusiasm, and pink is still love, but of a friendlier less romantic sort.
That much symbolism is enough to make a person’s head explode to be sure, but roses are a beautiful gift so they’re worth the extra effort. Unfortunately, though I love to give flowers, I’ve always felt awkward receiving them. I’ve no idea why. Perhaps it’s their showy nature and the way that anyone in your proximity immediately begins to stare or worse, flock to your side to see who sent them. No, I much prefer giving, so tonight I’m giving this one to all of you. I hope you’re enjoying the hike and I wish you love, which is apparently of the more joyful, friendly, and peaceful sort, according to those who claim to know.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Sap Green, Cobalt Teal, Permanent Green Pale, Ultramarine Blue, Perylene Maroon, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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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!