We’ve reached the final day of the month and the end of another challenge. For our prompt of “friends” I ended up with a couple of birds, mostly because I don’t paint people. Also, it seemed like a good segue to next month’s watercolor challenge “Let’s Go On A Nature Hike!” I hope many of you will be joining in as well as we head down paths unknown and discover new things together! Or will at least drop by to see what turns up here each day. Certainly a list of happy things wouldn’t be complete without friends and I want to thank all of my friends out there who keep showing up to support my painting and writing efforts. It means the world to me and I can’t thank you enough! Also, a huge thanks to all my friends who have joined our watercolor community on Doodlewash and our World Watercolor Group on Facebook and share their beautiful work. It thrills and motivates me to see what you make each and every day! We’ve come a long way together and It’s been such an amazing journey. Here’s to more fun journeys ahead!
It’s a blast when people who share common interests come together. But more than that, it helps get through the tough times when you’re not sure about things or worried that what you’re making isn’t something people will like. When I first started painting and blogging, I was secretly terrified that nobody would show up to read my rambles and see my paintings. In my head I told myself I didn’t care, but of course, I totally did care or I would be putting myself out there in the first place. I didn’t do it for admiration, I just did it for emotional support. It’s tough to create things and share them with others, certainly every day, and I was truly looking for a bit of validation. Something that would tell me that what I was doing had a bit of value for someone. A sign or something that I should continue on. And it worked to keep me painting each and every day as people did actually show up. Just a handful at first, and that was more than enough to keep me motivated. To keep trying and pushing the limits of what I could do.
As artists, we are certainly creative and very independent thinkers. That’s what makes us so awesomely unique. But it’s what we have in common that is the real secret sauce in the recipe for success. While we are trying so hard to be different, to make something that’s truly our own, it helps to have other artistic friends along the way. People who can applaud our work and critique it with an eye that more resembles our own on a good day. Rather than a simple pass or fail, it’s much more nuanced than that. Our artist friends will find a bit that’s good and tell you about it. That bit, moves on the next painting, and all the bits after that combine to make something truly breakthrough. Sure, some days are better than others, and some feel like two steps backward. But when you look back over time, you always see the little improvements that happen along the way. It’s an incredible feeling and more than validates the importance of making something each and every day. I personally couldn’t DO it without out you, my friends. Thanks so much for being so kind and nudging me forward. And more, thanks for doing the same for all of our community of artists. We’ve much to celebrate when we flock together as loving birds of a feather.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Benzimida Orange, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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!