For Day 10 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Clutter,” I sketched a little beagle rooting through some trash. Thankfully, my own pup Elliott hasn’t done this yet, though I’m sure he’s considered it. I’ve actually been trying to remove much of the clutter in my house. It’s surprising how easy it can be to accumulate things. I have several boxes of art supplies in the basement that I keep, because it’s just so difficult to part with art supplies, even if I may or may not ever use them in the future. I keep thinking that I’ll tackle my closet as my next act of decluttering, but that hasn’t happened yet. When faced with a list of chores like that, I tend to run the other way and usually that means rushing off to draw something instead. I’d just rather be making art! Though, I will eventually get to all of those chores and silly adult things that always need doing. I always feel so victorious when I’ve managed to tackle one of those tidying up projects.
Philippe and I watched a show with Marie Kondo awhile back, and the simple idea of asking “does this bring me joy?” in order to decide whether to keep something or discard it can be very powerful. That said, more recently, it was revealed that Marie Kondo is no long tidy after having a child, and she admits that her own house is messy now. That’s rather comforting really. The idea that you can actually live a full life and remain perfectly tidy is a bit questionable. Philippe’s response to me when I say that our house is a bit messy before we are about to have guests coming over is always the same. “We live here,” he says with emphasis on the “live” and then shrugs. I definitely understand what he means. Much of our own clutter is simply things we’re currently enjoying all at once. So, I think there’s a healthy balance to be found when it comes to tidiness.
My own approach to art is always a bit messy. The drawings I create are made rather quickly and when it comes to adding watercolor, I just like to start splashing color around! I’d like to think there’s a method to my madness, and once I figure out what it is, I’m definitely planning to share more of my approach in the future. I get so bored doing things in the exact same order, and so I tend to mix things up a lot. Some bits of color get smoothed with a bit of clear water and other bits just get left as they landed, because I either liked the look of that area or I simply didn’t notice it at the time. It’s a bit of a wacky approach, but I enjoy doing things this way and that’s the most important part. Otherwise, it would all be a chore, like cleaning a closet. Some days, I adore what I make and other days are just chalked up to a chance to learn something new. Either way, I find the entire experience super fun, even when I’m making a bit of a mess.
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Opus (Vivid Pink), Hansa Yellow Medium, Terra Cotta, Ultramarine (Green Shade), and Indigo. 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!