For tonight’s doodlewash, I’m back to trying to capture glass in watercolor and an attempt at a challenging subject. What’s more fun than one glass thing, but three in four colors! Would have been three colors, but the rosemary wanted some green. Painting glass is both fun and totally maddening as you have to completely forget what you’re painting and just make the shapes you see, all the while staying light enough that it doesn’t start to resemble chrome. Much more practice is needed, but that’s the fun part. Sketching and painting are a practice and the more you do it, the better you get. There’s no secret sauce, just lots of sweat and tears, until that one amazing day when you get a little magic on paper. That “one amazing day” is why we do this. And on, and on, to the next one after that.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m in rut. Like my sketches are just a bunch of things and not really something particularly intriguing, interesting, or clever. I want to sketch from life more, but can’t always get to the things I want to sketch in the precious little time I have to sketch them. I want to compose something entirely from my imagination, but often fear what the outcome will be. As I quickly type this, I’ve just finished the watercolor above while sitting at my little end of the kitchen counter. This is my art studio. My tiny little silver watercolor tin is closed now and sitting next to my keyboard. I can see my face in its reflection, and giggle at the sight of just how frantic that guy looks. If only there were more time. So many things that could be done with just a few more spare minutes in the day.
But when I look again at that frantic guy reflected in the watercolor tin, I see something else. He’s happy. Even with a horrible feeling of falling behind and way to many things to do and not enough time to do them, his life is pretty great. Each day now, he’s surrounded by the art of a thousand friends new and old. Last year at this time, he was painting alone. Today, no matter when he rushes through his little daily doodlewash, he now knows, that someone, somewhere in the world, is painting right along with him. And that’s probably why he’s smiling now. He’s lucky. And he knows we’re all lucky to have found each other and to spend whatever little time we have making something new to share. And we never have to be afraid to show what we make because we know that someone, somewhere in the world, will always be smiling back at us.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Pale Green, 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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