Day 12: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 12 #WorldWatercolorMonth Velocifero Scooter green blue

Today, we have a quick little doodlewash of this Velocifero Scooter, because I’ve always wanted a scooter and happened to be thinking of them. Saying, “I’ve always wanted one” means that I like the idea of them and think they look cool. It’s most likely a side effect of all those people you see in movies, riding them down some narrow street in Italy, effortlessly zooming past ancient fountains and making the entire experience seem magical. That said, the idea of actually being exposed to the elements for any length of time while moving at a speed any faster than walking isn’t super enticing for me. So, as is the case with many dreams, I’ll simply leave them in my sketchbook.

When I was in college, one of my good friends owned a motorcycle. I thought it would be cool to ride with her and so one day I hopped on the back and we took a little drive. It was absolutely wonderful. An early morning trip that was met with watching the sun rise. Not because we were “morning people” but because, like most college students, we simply hadn’t slept all night and were bored with studying. Later though, when my car broke down 30 minutes from my home, she came to rescue me on that same motorcycle. This time, we were zooming down the freeway at a much less leisurely speed and the lack of windshield meant my face was being pelted with bugs, who had somehow transformed themselves into tiny bullets. All of the magic disappeared.

I love to fantasize about things, and I realize as I get older than oftentimes the fantasy is much better than the reality. It’s fun to put the idea of something on paper as though you’ve just made a major purchase. For the price of just a little paint and some ink, I can finally have my little scooter. And all without the danger of being caught out in the rain on it. I often work from photo references because of this. I don’t want to simply paint what’s within reach. Sometimes I just want to explore what’s on my mind. Walking through a world of ideas and images that I may never meet in person, but can at least capture in the pages of my trusty little sketchbook.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and Azo Orange. 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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42 Comments
  1. Margaret Parker Brown 11 months ago

    safer to fantasize with a painting, right? love the color and that shadow is very, very cool 🙂

    • Author

      Yes! Paintings are always safest! Hehe…so glad you liked this Margaret! Decided to play a bit more with colors in my shadows. 😃💕

  2. Jill Kuhn 11 months ago

    I used to like riding my sister’s motorcycle until I fell in gravel going very slowly and ripped a brand new pair of jeans. That was enough for me! 😉 I love the colors on your scooter, Charlie and it does look like it would be fun to drive! ❤️😄🎨

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much Jill! 😃💕And yikes on the jeans! Yeah, that wouldn’t leave a very positive impression! Lol They look cool, but I think I’d rip more than jeans if I had one. 😊hehe

  3. Susan Feniak 11 months ago

    So cool!! I can visualize riding a Vespa. Some romantic idea from the movies too. Since I don’t even drive it is definitely just a dream. All fun. 🙂

  4. Teri C 11 months ago

    Wonderful,little painting and yes, much safer on this one.

  5. Jodi 11 months ago

    a fun painting dream/fantasy – and an amazing doodlewash!!! I’m with you – more adventurous with the paint brush than in real life 🙂

    • Author

      Nothing wrong with that I think! That’s why I call these little months of painting adventures! It’s as close to a real one as il get. I’m not as daring when my life is at stake! Lol Thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕

  6. memadtwo 11 months ago

    That’s what imagination is for–you can’t be disappointed! I was just noting the other day how boring car colors are these days…this would spice up the roads! (K)

    • Author

      So true Kerfe! 😃💕On all of it…car colors have gotten really dull. Every once in awhile I see a different one…but it’s just a weird color and not super cool. Hehe

  7. Sharon Mann 11 months ago

    I love your scooter, Charlie and you picked the perfect color. Have fun rides in your dreams!

  8. Snehal Kank 11 months ago

    Another great work Charlie! Yeah I’ve one back in India, I used to go to office by my two wheeler 😀 I always wanted to ride Vespa! I love it’s style 😍

  9. Birgit Winter 11 months ago

    This looks so much like Italy I can almost smell the exhaust fumes from several scooters in hot summer air:-]]] I’ve been riding a scooter once (in Italy) and didn’t like it so much, a motorcycle is much more fun… to me;-)

    • Author

      Yeah… they seem super cool but I’ve just never gotten into riding them. Cool you’re into motorcycles though! I didn’t know that! 😉

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    Ah, what dreams we may paint, we may own.
    I’m not a motorcycle or scooter fan, but my own college experience was also a bit scary. Started with me being a bit un-sober and taking a ride on the back of a big machine. When I felt like flying and stuck my arms out to feel the wind, the driver slowed to nearly a halt. I guess he thought I’d take off. Or fall off. I always remember that night as one of elation and fearlessness. A bit of reckless stupidity as well.
    Your Doodlewash is wonderful.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 And wow… that was a memorable night. Good thing you survived it! But I do prefer the term “un-sober” rather than the others to describe a lot of evenings during my college years. 😊Lol

  11. M. L. Kappa 11 months ago

    Like Susan and Snehal, I also call this a Vespa. Cool color! And now even Italians have to wear helmets, I suppose, so it looks a loss less romantic when they whizz past the ancient fountains…

    • Author

      Yeah it totally looks likes one… the reference photo I used had “Velocifero” on the hub and I looked it up and appeared to be a different brand. Though shockingly similar! Hehe… and helmets made everything more safe, but less cool. Even bicycling. 😉

  12. Nothing looks cooler than someone zipping around the back streets of Rome in a 1960s film on something like this. Another great painting, Charlie.

  13. I like the idea of no buy, just paint, that reminds me of the story, a lady bird book ‘ read it yourself’ called ‘the magic paintbrush’ I used to love that book. Great little fantasy scooter Charlie, and I agree the idea of riding one is better than the reality, I would be scared to control such a cute beast of mechanical power, lol

    • Author

      Thanks, Rebecca!😃💕 Yeah… I’m always just a bit terrified on these so it’s really hard to look cool! Lol Imagination is definitely safer. hehe

  14. Cheryl Wright 11 months ago

    Nicely said and superbly sketched.

  15. Wow, another great sketch and your colors have become even more shazam!!! Gorgeous !

  16. itsmyhusbandandme 11 months ago

    Love this one. Always wanted one.
    JP

  17. Jacob 11 months ago

    This is so cool! Fantasy or not, you charging around the city on this spearmint beast – so much love for that colour! – would turn some envious heads, I’m sure! With Phineas on the back, perhaps, in helmet and goggles? 😛 Adorable. I would like one just to show off to the neighbours, but I doubt it’d get ridden much. I wouldn’t trust myself on much more than a push scooter!

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob! Haha! Now I’m just imagining Phineas in a helmet and goggles and it’s pretty cute. One day I’ll have to paint him like that to see. But yeah… he’d probably be better at riding it than either of us! Lol

      • Jacob 11 months ago

        Eee… please please do! <3

  18. Tom Merriman 11 months ago

    You’re right, Charlie, fantasy is far better than reality in a lot of things. I spend half of my time in an imaginary world, and the other half goodness knows where! It’s all good! 😀 Fab scooter, by the way.

    • Author

      Hehe… goodness knows where is where I spend a lot of time as well! Lol Thanks so much, Tom! Glad you liked this! 😃

  19. artandmoondreams 11 months ago

    Great looking scooter, love the color and the detail. Delightful how a single image can conjure all sorts of thoughts filled with Italian movies, Roman fountains, and…pasta! Your paintings are doorways to all sorts of journeys…thank you for sharing.

  20. jmnowak 11 months ago

    Yay, Charlie…your first Vespa!! Love the glowing green. My one and only ride on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was with my late brother. I also had no helmet, just my sunglasses. No bugs, but my eyes were streaming! :bemused:

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Janina! 😃💕 Sounds like a fun memory, even with steaming eyes! Definitely worth trying at least once.

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