When I was kid, insects were endlessly fascinating to me, but as an adult, I prefer the flying insect that comes in the form of a butterfly most. And, I do remember chasing after butterflies as a child, thinking they were magical and wanting to see where they would go next. Like they might lead me to some special hidden place or something. That, sadly, never happened, but it did nothing to dim my view of them. Though I don’t really like the pesky flying insects that make picnic a little less relaxing, I’m still always in awe when it comes to nature. There’s so much to explore there! And thanks, by the way, to everyone who purchased my new nature-themed Sketching Stuff Activity Book! I really appreciate it and I hope you’ll enjoy the fun activities inside! I tend to sketch just about anything, but as it turns out, nature, animals and food top the list when I’m not sketching random memories from childhood. But, no matter what, sketching stuff always takes me back to when I was a kid because I don’t often look that closely at things as an adult. Stopping to study a butterfly today so I could doodle and color it, took using the eyes of a child to properly see what’s really there. The eyes of my inner child, full of wonder and wisdom.
So, it’s definitely been a crazy week, as I launched my new book on Monday, and then a new podcast episode yesterday (check it out if you haven’t already and leave me your comments!), and then today, appeared for my first-ever video appearance in the Sketchbook Revival free online workshop. So, as you can see, I don’t just tell people to “DO” all of the time, I actually take myself up on the challenge. That said, this was a lot all at once, even from me, so thanks if you’ve managed to keep up with it all. I’m always thankful when you play along with me as I tend to get a bit overzealous at times and end up talking about several things at once. But, if you read my posts regularly, you’re probably well used to that. What I’ve realized lately in my art journey is that I’ve felt like I’ve been creeping along like a caterpillar, waiting for my big transformation. In many ways, this was due to not quite knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up. Then I remembered that I haven’t really grown up at all, so I was lost and confused at first. But, this week has reminded me of who I really am. Hi, my name is Charlie, and I’m a coloring book artist who loves to play with ink and watercolor! It’s called a doodlewash, for those of you in the know, and it’s been that way from the very beginning.
One of the most important things I’ve learned on this journey of art is that we can’t escape our own personal style. We can’t escape our own heart and yearning to make something new in a way that makes us feel fulfilled. This feeling is unique to each of us and the output is just as beautifully uncommon. I happily encourage you to take as many art classes as you possibly can, because in them, you’ll find new ways to implement your own wonderful style. Every artist on this planet has something rare and wonderful to teach us. Just like every human being we might meet during the day, who unwittingly teaches us something new about life. This is the joy and wonder that I happily embrace to begin each new sunrise. Like you, I’m still learning and figuring it all out. I don’t have a date set when I intend to be a master because I love the journey itself too much. And, I can’t be sure if this is a good approach to art, but what I DO know is that I get a great deal of joy from thinking that one day, I might just find myself, becoming a butterfly.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Blue, and Terra Cotta. Sharpie Pen 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!