For today’s prompt of “pumpkin” we have a quick little 3-color sketch of a jack-o-lantern, which may be the only pumpkin carved this year as we forgot to buy one this weekend. When it comes to carving a pumpkin for Halloween, timing is everything. Carve it too soon and it will began to wilt and wither long before the big day arrives. So, we’ve been waiting until the very end of the month before carving one, and in doing so, the entire idea escaped us entirely. Five years ago this month, Philippe carved his very first pumpkin ever, as this tradition is much more prevalent in the States and he’s from Paris. I snapped a photo that captured his glee, which Facebook showed me as a memory today. He claims that he was making a face, but I like to think the photo was an accurate portrayal of the pure euphoria that comes from pumpkin carving. This is now the third year in a row that I’ve painted a jack-o-lantern this time of year, so I guess that qualifies as a tradition. I was never that good at carving them in real life, so hopefully the doodlewashed version will suffice.
These last little doodlewashes are really the only Halloween celebration I’m participating in this year. There are no parties to attend or costumes to don, just a quiet evening at home. That’s just fine, actually, as that’s the type of evening I prefer most. As I get older the allure of big parties begins to fade a bit. Although being surrounded by people dressed in creative attire can be entertaining, I love the ability to just relax at the end of the day. Life has gotten rather busy lately and I find myself in a constant state of trying to keep up. I’m certain I’m still very far behind on everything, but I’m enjoying the ride. In the end, we may not get to do all of the things we planned in a day, but as long as we’re having fun trying that’s all that really matters. I have a horrible habit of playing a game with myself where I try to do too many things at once. Wild dreams of things I’d like to see happen come to mind and I attempt to make them all happen at the same time.
It’s almost like I’m trying to make myself perfectly crazy. But, in the end, even though some things fail to happen, there are so many other things that DO happen. And that makes it all worth it. All the sleepless nights and crazy daydreaming pay off a little each time when at least one thing happens like I envisioned it would. One of those things is the wonderful community that’s formed to make Doodlewash Club a reality. A fabulous group of artists have come together and are sharing watercolors, writing reviews, and making the world a far more interesting place. Our Forums have been buzzing with activity and with over 1700 replies, I can’t possibly read them all, but I love knowing that so much enthusiasm is happening each and every day! The fantastic part is, we’re all still just making it happen together like a real club. And, in the end, we’re creating a spirit of creativity and tradition that’s quite possibly even more fun than carving pumpkins.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Benzimida Orange, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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