I’m running horribly behind tonight, but just managed to create this quick doodlewash. Our #NatureDoodlewash hike has brought us to this firefly which has been singled out from its many companions who are currently lighting up outside my window. Though I really hate the heat that summer brings, I love the magical light show that appears each evening as hundreds of fireflies flash their way through the night. Little bits of light appearing in a way that causes the silhouettes of grass and trees to sparkle like some kind of fairytale movie.
As kids, we called them lightning bugs and were fascinated that they could glow. It was like they had special powers or were battery-powered without the need for batteries. It’s actually a chemical reaction that causes their butts to glow, but that wasn’t as fun to think about. Philippe had never seen so many fireflies at once until he moved here from Paris. It was fun to watch his excitement at seeing them. All those memories of childhood came flooding back to me. Running after them and hoping to cup them in my hand to see the glow, before they flew away. I realize now this probably just terrified them or pissed them off, but if was really fun back then.
You know, I think I’ll stop babbling now and simply stop and watch them, resisting the urge to actually catch one. If you have them outside your window, feel free to join me. They’re a wonderful reminder of just how beautiful nature can be on a warm summer night.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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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!