Today is Easter and for those of you celebrating, I hope you had a wonderful one! As a kid, I used to love dyeing Easter eggs on the days leading up to today, but each time I pointed the kits out at the store, Philippe just assumed I was reminiscing again. I wasn’t. I really wanted to dye eggs this year, but even though that didn’t happen, it was fun to take a little break and make a doodlewash in ink and watercolor. Our family isn’t in the same state and some are even in a different country, so it was just the two of us today along with our dog Phineas. The weather was amazingly sunny and warm and Phineas has been enjoying it immensely. He likes to sunbathe whenever possible and today was a perfect day for that. Perfect pairings, like this, got me thinking today. There are so many things in life that are wonderful on their own, but even better when combined with something else. And so many moments that are made better when shared with someone special. I hope each of you had a day filled with special moments and lots of love.
For the past several weeks, I’ve been working on several different projects at once and though I’ve had a blast, it was nice this weekend to just enjoy a bit of family time. Yesterday, I spent some time chatting with my sister and the, later, one of my best friends in Los Angeles. Having those moments of connection made the whole weekend amazing. And as much as I adore being in the “zone” of sketching and coloring with watercolor and working on my projects, those are solitary moments. While rejuvenating, It’s even more rejuvenating to spend some quality time with others, even if it’s only by phone. Today, Philippe, Phineas and I took a long walk this afternoon and enjoyed the sunshine and perfect weather. The only side effect to all of these experiences is that I don’t want this to end and I’m not quite ready to return to work tomorrow. Though it shouldn’t take a special day to make all these things happen, I’m always thankful for these special days when they occur. All of the good moments of childhood come rushing back to me as I’m reminded of all of the wonderful bits of my adulthood.
And thanks so much to all of my lovely friends out there who support me each day in my sketching habit. It means the world to me and I’m giving you each the world’s biggest virtual hug. Yeah, I’m totally a hugger, so if we ever meet in person, you’ve been properly warned on the off chance you’re not. Thanks to your love and support I just hit publish on a new book tonight that will be out this week! And if you haven’t yet, rush over and sign up for Sketchbook Revival, a free online workshop that starts tomorrow where I’ll be appearing in my first-ever video appearance, alongside far more experienced and awesome artists! It runs through May 4th, but the videos will be available until May 18th, so there’s plenty of time to view them all at your leisure. Join me! And I’m offering a free gift of an exclusive book preview as well as a couple of pages that don’t appear in the printed version for Sketchbook Revival participants. My latest book isn’t a collection of personal stories, like the last one, but more of an informational art book, presented in my usual like a kid again style. Like time with good friends and family, I hope you’ll join me in my new adventures and make time for your inner child to come out and play. I think you’ll find that when you DO, you’re better together.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Vermilion, Leaf Green, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, 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!