Today, we have some sliced onions simply because there were onions on my sandwich at lunch and it made me think of onions. I figured the sliced version would pose more of a challenge, so this little doodlewash was born. It was also a pretty cool day because the fine editors at WordPress.com featured me in their article about food illustration. Being referred to as an illustrator was neat because it’s fits me much better. I’m not really a painter, I just have a crazy obsession with watercolors. Last July, when I started using watercolors for the first time, I wanted to join in with others and started to seek out watercolor groups. I didn’t fit into any one set of “rules” and found it confusing to know which art to post to which group on which day. So, I decided to start my own little community called Doodlewash, that simply celebrated the medium without restricting people on how they could use it. Honestly, it’s just easier that way… if it has some watercolor or gouache in it, then it’s a doodlewash! Post it and be happy!
After I founded World Watercolor Month, I started a Facebook Group based on this same simple principle. And the effect was more incredible than I could ever imagine! It’s an amazing and supportive global community that’s formed, with people happily posting whatever style of watercolor they felt like painting that day. The sheer variety is so inspiring and I love browsing through all the beautiful unique work. I think we are on to something awesome here, so I’m happy to announce that as we head into August, Doodlewash will continue to host the group as World Watercolor Group! So, if you haven’t joined, you should really check it out. Everyone who loves to paint, sketch and play with watercolors is welcome. I lead the group based on the simple little Manifesto I created a year ago today.
I don’t think the Doodlewash mindset is for everyone any more than I believe there’s only one way to paint. But if, like me, you just love watercolor and enjoy the freedom of using it however you like, then you just might be a doodlewasher. Welcome to the family! Can’t wait to see what you’ll make next!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Pale Green, Quinacridone Gold, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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