When I was kid, we’d always have a poinsettia plant out at Christmas. It was usually just picked up from the store, and plunked near the fireplace in whatever form it came. Festive, and perfectly colored for the season with its bright red and green leaves, it would sit there in a regal fashion until it began to wilt. The leaves would start to droop and the plant would ultimately find itself on the curb next to the Christmas tree. I always felt a bit sad for the plant, and hoped it knew that it brought a lot of joy before being tossed out like garbage. The same was true of the tree itself, and even today as we take our tree to the recycling center, I always stop and whisper, “Thanks.” But there’s plenty of time before the sad farewell since we’ve yet to even pick our tree for this year. We’ll be doing so this weekend, and I can’t wait to meet it!
We would have put up decorations last weekend were we in town, as I really like them to be up for as long as possible. But we’ll still have a good three weeks of festive lights and sparkles before the New Year comes and life is lit normally again. While I’m always excited to see a new year start, I like the moments just before. I love to look back on the year and think about all the wonderful memories that happened. And then, as the next year comes, I look forward, taking with me all the dreams I had that didn’t quite manifest themselves and all the new ones that just came to mind. The infinite possibility can be staggering, but my only hope is that some of what I dream might actually come true each year. This is the time when I take a few moments and think about all the great things that actually did manage to happen this year.
One of the most exciting is the formation of the community right here on Doodlewash! This has been a dream of mine since the site began, yet actually attempting it was quite a brave thing to try. You see, I’m not a web programmer, I’m just a watercolor illustrator with a lot of curiosity. This caused a few bumps along the way, but miraculously, everything finally managed to come together and work! Just before the holidays, I also added a store to the site, and created a way for my fellow artists to sell their beautiful watercolor works here! I’ll be adding my own stuff soon, but I always take a community first approach. Seeing all of these fabulous dreams come together has been amazing this year. Watching artists discover each other, help each other succeed, and paint the world in such a beautiful way is such a gift. And each day, as I see everyone come together here, it makes my heart smile. It may not be a particularly revolutionary thing that I’m doing here on Doodlewash, but for me, it’s definitely Christmas in a pot!
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Ultramarine Blue and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.