For today’s prompt of flowers, we have a quick little 20 minute doodlewash of some fall ones in a vase. While weekends should provide more time to paint I always find myself rushing a bit to get a post made. I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m actually extra busy or because I tend to relax and lose track of time. Okay, I goof off, do fun random things and then realize I haven’t left myself much time before dinner. I’m not complaining, as it’s a totally fun thing to do every once in awhile. And as for fall flowers, with everything beginning to wilt outdoors and more leaves on the ground than in the trees, a vase of flowers adds a nice burst of color and life to the season. We often buy some at the grocery store to add a little happy to the table. I’m sure they would last longer if we actually changed the water, but soon, like the trees outside, the petals are coming off and landing in little piles around the vase. I guess that’s why they call it fall.
While I don’t necessarily like feeling rushed, it’s fun sometimes to do a super quick watercolor in a slightly looser style. This still isn’t super loose, but it’s as loose as I get. And as I’ve mentioned before, flowers aren’t my preferred subject matter and can sort of stress me out. So rushing to squiggle some into place made the whole process more enjoyable. Now, I’m wondering if I should try that with portraits, another thing I rarely do. Something tells me that this could look perfectly frightening, though, in my pseudo realistic style. An eye out of place works a bit better in abstract. At any rate, where I guess I’m going with this particular ramble is that quick doodling is great way to get something down on paper before that inner critic has a chance to complain. It’s all about fun and nothing else!
And every day, and each little watercolor sketch, should be just like that. The moment something isn’t fun is a moment to pass and move on. While I have shown you every watercolor I’ve ever made on this site, there are sketches still waiting to be washed. Sometimes, I’ll have penciled or inked a complete sketch only to realize it didn’t inspire me that day. In the case of the pencil versions, many of those have simply been erased and replaced with what ultimately ended up here. When I first started, I would push through only to find that I didn’t really like the end result. Today, I’ll happily toss something aside and bounce on to something else. If nothing else on this journey, I’ve learned that painting what you love is the most important thing to remember. And I’ve learned that I can even enjoy subjects I normally don’t, if I just let myself play a bit, and make some autumn flowers.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Perylene Maroon, Red Rose Deep, Leaf Green and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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