Welcome to August and the start of a new Doodlewash Art Challenge! I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful and creative World Watercolor Month in July! I’m now back to posting weekly on Tuesdays, so it worked out perfectly for me to jump right in at the start of this next challenge. For our optional prompt of “Seaside,” I sketched a little kitty cat enjoying a drink on the beach while sitting under an umbrella. I wish this were autobiographical as I would love to be on a beach sipping a cold drink right about now. Instead, I’m back to work having taken the last few days off for a bit of a vacation. I didn’t go to the beach, but I did visit a lovely lodge and got to unwind with friends for a long weekend. It was a trip that was long overdue and it was fabulous to sneak away, even if I could have used several more days of fun. Philippe and I have talked about visiting the beach this year, but that would involve a level of travel planning that neither of us has volunteered to do yet. I’d visit so many more places if I could instantly appear there and skip the travel part. Instead, I’ll just live vicariously and send this little cat to that place in my imagination. That’s the power of sketching! Anything can happen at any time and I can visit all sorts of places by simply doodling them into existence.
Philippe and I had a lovely time this past weekend by visiting a resort in a very remote part of northern Kansas. There was a bit of water on the marsh, but no beach to be found, of course. Yet, it was still one of those beautiful views that are infinitely relaxing. There’s something about feeling so small against a panorama of endless nature that always makes me feel so comfortable. It was equally nice to be away from the city for awhile. Though, we did attend a street celebration with a beer garden in the closest town nearby which had only a population of 260. It seemed like that was about the amount of people who were there as well, so it felt like a grand event. And, it reminded me of going to local small town fairs when I was a child. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any corn dogs on offer. This was only pertinent because Philippe has yet to ever try one and we all thought this might be the moment. It was not, sadly, but I’m sure we’ll be attending more fairs in the future.
I’m rather excited to be taking a break from my daily posting as I have both a new game to play on my Switch as well as a new library book to finish. It will be nice to have some extra free time to enjoy those things more as well. It’s always fun to celebrate World Watercolor Month, however, and this year we raised the most money yet in our online shop for the International Child Art Foundation. So, I was very happy indeed. Thanks to everyone who purchased something! I’ve got lots of plans for things I’d like to do next, but I think I’ll be taking August rather slowly. Even if I don’t have a beach to enjoy, I find that my imagination can still relax me by transporting me somewhere far away, by the sea.
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (VIvid Pink), Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book.