Day 19: #WorldWatercolorMonth Red Swiss Army Knife

Day 19: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with Swiss Army knives, so that popped into my head and became the doodlewash for today. For those following along, I’m still using just 3 colors and today we have Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. I was also wanting to try something difficult and with the tons of gadgets on this thing it seemed to fit the bill. But it’s precisely all the amazing little devices attached to this wonder that make it so magical. I couldn’t pass by one as kid without wanting it, and finally one day, I got one of my very own. Of course, as soon as I did, I just started noticing how many gadgets mine was missing. I would long for that next model up, never knowing, of course, what I would actually do with all those features and how I would ever pocket something the size of a large eclair.

But it was really just the possibility that enthralled me. The idea that I had the ability to cut, trim, file, screw, hook and tweeze, should I ever need to do those things, was intoxicating. That said, my treasure spent most of the time in my pocket and rarely ever got used. I lived in the suburbs, rarely went camping, and could simply use normal scissors when the situation called for it. It occurred to me that this is similar to how I am as an adult. I get so excited by the possibilities of what I could do, that I sometimes forget that I could also stop dreaming and simply just do them. It’s like our minds become a sort of Swiss Army knife, filled will incredibly useful and amazing things, but for the life of us, we can’t seem to ever make up our minds to take them out and use them.

All those dreams I keep having of things I’d love to do someday are starting to stack up. So, I remembered what I used to do as a kid. Back then, I wanted to prove to myself the Swiss Army knife was something I actually needed and decided to find a way to use a different gadget each day. At that time, it was more as proof to my mother that I had maxed out those features and definitely deserved the large eclair version. But today, it’s simply making the most of the talents I have and pursuing those dreams I’ve only been thinking about. Simply taking it one dream at a time. Perhaps, one day, I’ll have tried all the gadgets at my disposal, or perhaps not. But one thing is certain, it’s a lot more fun than just keeping them in my pocket.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. 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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65 thoughts on “Day 19: #WorldWatercolorMonth

  1. Beautiful art and three colors! Great job. Equally fascinating comments.
    I have yo ask because I,meaning the ‘Birth order’ book. Are you a last born in your family? You sounds like it.

  2. I love how this painting just seems to pop out of the page. I feel like I could grab it and mess with all the attachments like I used to do with my Dad’s swiss army knife. Wonderful!

  3. Oh Charlie – possibly my favorite Charlie Doodlewash post of all time! Such a freaking amazing painting first of all – and I even stretch it to crazy magnification to see your crazy eye for detail!!!! But then your words…..the beautiful words you speak that express your heart……. taking life one dream at a time. Beautiful Charlie! You are a beautiful human being! 🙂 <3

    1. Awww thanks so much Jodi! 😃💕Whoa… stretching it always terrifies me as I just sort of cheat my way through it! LOL Glad you liked it big too! So glad you liked the words. I just type whatever comes to mind before I post so I’m thrilled you liked it (and that it made any sense at all really…sometimes I type too fast… hehe😊) You’re a beautiful one as well though, my friend!!

          1. well, tweet that! lol maybe it was an oversight…..I don’t know anything about tweeting, but it sounded good to me. I am glad that I haven’t discovered it, I am busy enough. Well, it is a re-tweetable doodle, there!

  4. One dream at a time is perfect, I’m working on that very message. I love the Swiss Army Knife, your rendering is excellent. Thanks for your interesting life thoughts. Cheers to you Charlie!!!!

  5. Aw, I love the words as much as the doodlewash – very very much! Yay for more reflective metal things, and I love how you’ve done the surface of the file in particular. I was fascinated by these too, though I don’t remember ever actually having one to call my own. I’ve spoken about my childhood antics variously (far far too much) on here – it probably wasn’t thought a good idea to give me sharp objects!

    1. Thanks so much Jacob! Glad you liked the words as well! 😃💕 And yes to shiny things! Lol I can’t really stay away from them long. I’m sure there’s a reason and story there but I have no idea what it is! Yeah… best to stick to the doodlewash version for you young man! 😉

  6. “I get so excited by the possibilities of what I could do, that I sometimes forget that I could also stop dreaming and simply just do them. ” – You’ve nailed it so well 🙂
    Awesome doodlewash 🙂
    Turtle Hugs

  7. You did it again, Charlie. You captivated me with your story, even as your Doodlewash reminded me of our sons and the first Swiss army knives we bought them. Your painting it wonderful, but your thoughts are amazing.

  8. I was always surprised when my ex-husband used to bring his out and show me something different…never knew it could hold so many gadgets!! Some of their uses weren’t that obvious, either…lol. Love this doodle, Charlie! <3

  9. I really like that you have chosen minimum colour palette, for maximum tool gadget…..I remember my dad taking me to choose a pen knife, I was in wonder at the bigger better ones, I still picked one with way too many gadgets than I needed….these days just the knife would do, for opening bales of hay, I don’t have one ( that I can find) so old bale twine pulled fast on the new bale ( like flossing your teeth in a rough painful sawing motion…ouch) hey it works 😀 But I could do with your fantastic Swiss knife

  10. I love the painting, I’m always amazed at how you managed to paint silvery objects, like that teaspoon you painted a while back with a cup of coffee or all these gadgets on this Swiss knife 🙂 I keep staring at your paintings wondering how you managed such beautiful effects with your paints. I like using a limited amount of tools too. Restricting myself seems to start me better… I so love the writing too, you use such beautiful imagery 🙂

    1. Awww thanks so much, Noémie! 😃💕I’m so glad you liked this post! Thanks so much for the compliment on my writing. I really appreciate that. And yeah… limited palette is a great exercise. And shiny is easier than it looks. It’s all about squinting and seeing the darkest bits, drawing in those shapes and then attacking it with darker color than you think it needs! The higher the contrast, the shinier the effect. (I realized I have to show restraint on glass or I can quickly turn it into metal… hehe)

      1. The reason I asked it because I do my story book style illustrations without models sometimes. My the bears will have no model but I’ll look at photos of people to draw in their positions in the picture and I look at my environment to copy a rough likeness of furniture or cookware etc. whatever applies to the picture.

  11. What a wonderful post, Charlie! Your doodlewash is fantastic – such patience with all that detail! – but your words are just plain awesome.

  12. Nice drawing which brings up memories as well. I used to have one of these knifes and was thrilled about the saw, which was my favorite gadget. My second favorite was the scissors, but my pocket knife didn’t have them

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