For Day 18 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Immense,” I made a little sketch of a blue dinosaur holding a pink teddy bear. I’ve been having a blast this month playing with different ideas and approaches, pushing outside of my usual comfort zone. That means relying on my mind instead of using references. It’s been fun to create from pure imagination and see what appears in my sketchbook. Of course, I had to color my dinosaur using my new Charlie O’Blue watercolor, from Da Vinci Paint Co., as it’s definitely my favorite color! I use this color in all of my illustrations, but it’s not always the featured player, often just providing glowing pops of light blue and creating fun color mixes. Making up a dinosaur character was a first for me, so this was an interesting experiment. I think it’s always good to play and experiment as much as possible. There’s always something new to learn and discover. And, it’s fun to imagine the world this character might live in, and all of the stories that might evoke!
I’ve always had a very vivid imagination. As a kid, I was constantly dreaming up new ideas, and well, that hasn’t changed much in adulthood. There’s such a freedom that comes from pursuing one’s own ideas, and I love taking that journey as often as possible. I have to giggle sometimes when I’m talking about some new big plan of mine with Philippe. He’s not really impressed by anything I come up with anymore, as he’s more than used to my wild imaginings. Yet, he looks a touch exhausted thinking about what would be involved in actually doing what I just described. In my enthusiasm, I never seem to think about all of the work required. I simply get super excited about the idea! Seeing his weary expression reminds me that the road ahead won’t be particularly easy, but I know in my heart that it will at least be wonderfully entertaining and sometimes even a bit thrilling.
Actually, my pup Elliott shares my constant interest in all things new! He grows weary of the same toys and wants to play with new ones. He gets bored with his food, so I alternate his recipes each day. He currently has chicken, pork, and beef recipes on the rotation, and eats slowly as though he’s savoring every bite of each dish at an expensive restaurant. While this definitely means Elliott is rather spoiled, I just want him to have a life filled with new experiences as well! I think all creatures benefit from variety in their daily lives. As much as my own life is built around routines, I’m always ready to mix things up and enjoy something extra. It takes surprisingly little effort to change the mundane into something fabulous. Amazing things can happen with just a bit of imagination combined with a willingness to try. Life isn’t always as enjoyable as it should be, but I think we always have the opportunity to change things for the better. Sometimes, the smallest changes can alter an otherwise boring day, and turn it into a day filled with tons of big fun!
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Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (VIvid Pink), And Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? SEND ME A NOTE HERE, and I’ll Add it To My Shop!