Today was amazingly awesome and super busy as an incredible amount of artists from around the world joined in for the very first day of World Watercolor Month! I’m so thrilled that so many people have come together to paint the world with watercolors in July (as I type this there are almost 2,300 members in our Facebook Group and more coming all the time!). In my incredible excitement and enthusiasm I didn’t know what to doodlewash for today. I’m not working with a theme, so I realized the thrill of the day was overwhelming me and I didn’t even know what to start with. I didn’t have an idea. No light bulb over my head… hey… a lightbulb! Yeah… that’s pretty much how my mind works.
I did this one very quickly in the less than 30 minutes that I had today and I have to say it felt good to just play! Lightning quick pencil contour and then jumping in with a fast ink sketch followed by a watercolor attack, while drinking a glass of champagne! No waiting for anything to dry properly, just going for it and having a blast! This is the joy that made me become addicted to watercolor in the first place last July. I love splashing color down and wondering what the heck you’ll get when it dries. If I had the time I could have made this more realistic. I’d normally try. But not today. Today, I stopped and was just happy in the doing.
That’s the spirit of this fabulous month of watercolors. Just play, post, and enjoy! Nothing has to masterful, but when it happens, and it will, yay you! I can’t think of a better way to spend July. And I’m thrilled to be spending it with all you!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Azo Orange, Quinacridone Gold, and Neutral Tint. 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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