Day 24 - World Watercolor Month Monochromatic Mood Teapot - Doodlewash

Day 24 – #WorldWatercolorMonth – Monochromatic Mood

The prompt for today suggests a monochromatic mood, and so I chose blue as my color, though I actually used 2 different shades for this little teapot. And I’m not “blue” at all in the sadder definition of the word, since it’s World Watercolor Month! Though I paint daily and always host monthly art challenges, July is always such a thrilling ride to the finish line! I know that many of you only join me once a year, often leaving other painting mediums to focus on watercolor for one joyous month. So hello my friends, and welcome back! As for the subject matter of a teapot, well, I’ve always wanted one of these. Philippe and I just boil water in an electric heater and pour it into a tea carafe each evening, but this version reminds of the old days. While our current water boiler simply beeps, this one comes complete with a horribly shrill whistle that will notify even the neighbors that your tea is indeed ready to be served. Despite all of the advances in modern technology, my soul is still most connected with the more analog ways of getting things done. Like taking a couple shades of blue and make a little painting on actual paper. After all of these technical advances in life, there’s simply nothing better than that!

Philippe and I have tea each evening before heading to bed as a little ritual. It’s not the pricey fancy tea, but simply the supermarket Celestial Seasonings variety with a little Asian bear on the side sniffing in the goodness that is called Sleepytime Lemon Jasmine Tea.  Yeah, the little bear totally sold us! But the tea is totally delicious and I definitely recommend it! We ran out of this version and the grocery only had the “Sleepytime Extra” version which sounded only like it might be twice as good. The bear on this box however, looks far less Zen and more like he’s been tragically over-medicated. This is exactly how we felt after trying it for one evening as we realized that the “extra” herbs caused bizarrely weird dreams and a horribly sleepless night. A wonderful lesson is remembering that sometimes what you know and love is often always still the best thing. I very often find that with my painting and sketching. Though I do try some different things on occasion, what feels most comfortable is always the most soothing. While it’s great to always find a chance to jump out of your “comfort zone,” it’s equally wise to honor it. For it’s in that zone that you’ll find the most personal satisfaction.

And best of all, it’s in that zone, that you can actually discover your own personal artistic style. Style is a much sought-after thing in art, and can be made equally complex and almost too challenging. As though it’s something nearly impossible to find. In truth, it’s simply a matter of your personal choices. If you let your heart lead you, you’ll make the right decisions that will reveal a look that’s all your own. Yep, you heard it here. It’s actually no more complex than that. In reality, we start out in our own personal style, just like any child who has only learned how to be true to themselves. The trick is, after learning all of the styles from the masters, combine just the best bits of those ideas that appeal to you with the ones you came with naturally. This blend is better than any tea you could possibly boil. It’s the best of all worlds. A wonderful mixture of masterful ideas and childlike intuition. To me, that’s the very definition of art and what it means to be an artist. And that style that people can recognize as only you, will always shine through, even when you’re in a monochromatic mood.

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27 thoughts on “Day 24 – #WorldWatercolorMonth – Monochromatic Mood

  1. I have a blue teapot quite like yours sitting on my stove. Nice essay! Maybe making mud is my style. Someone will see one of my watercolors in a gallery someday and say, Wow, look at those lovely browns and grays, she was a master! 😂😂😂

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕hehe! Mud can be a delightful style if executed with all the passion you can muster! 😉 I once had an exercise in art school during my one and only painting class called a Symphony of Browns. We could only use shades of brown. We quickly renamed the exercise a Symphony of Sh*t, but my mother still has that piece hanging in her house. And you know… it’s really not bad! 😉

  2. I’ve always had to struggle to avoid collecting teapots. Yours would fit nicely in one! It took me a while to realize that messy was part of my style, lol. Painting became much easier once I did.

    1. Glad you liked this teapot! 😃💕 I would totally start collecting them were I to even purchase one, so it’s best I don’t. And yay to messy! It’s part of my style as well! There’s beauty to be found in those messes!

  3. COLOR CHEATER! 😘 Indigo AND Cobalt Turquoise? LOL mon·o·chromeˈmänəˌkrōm noun
    1. a photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only ONE color. Just teasing ya! Nice job Do you usually paint wet onto dry? I’m guessing yes seeing your reserved white highlights. Have you ever used masking fluid? See these are the things I would see if i was filming over your shoulder when painting. I’m in Tullytown Borough if you ever need to file a restraining order. 😜 LOL …. off to bed for me now. I’m going to listen to Sketching Stuff Episode 2. If you are looking for content you could put out a call for question from the Doodlewash community and answer a few each episode.

      1. I’m up for anything as the podcast is yet another grand experiment! 😉 I’ll most likely just be asking for what type of story you’d like to hear next as I move along. I have a completely different idea for a podcast, so I’m using this one to figure out how the heck to DO it! hehe 😉

    1. Oh wow.. I KNEW I would get called out for this one! LOL Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah, I’m aware of the definition, but in my style it only works with the darkest color available. And though I truly thought I could do this in only Indigo… my heart demanded a bit of Cobalt Turquoise to liven things up! Haha! And to your question, yes, I usually always paint wet on dry, except for backgrounds or skies. I tried masking fluid only once and found it too tedious so I just learned to “skip the white bits better.” This I combine with my “jabbing bits of dark in places” approach to get to the final result. All likely why I’m not sure it’s a real technique worth filming. hehe I like the call for a question idea! I’m sure I’ll employ that soon. I’ll have to start making up content as I go along there as well one day! 😉

      1. Poking in on the conversation – the prompt was ‘monochromatic “mood”‘. To me that means it only had to capture the mood, not actually be monochormoatic. That’s how explained my cheat… er …. completely legitimate used of blacks and browns.

        1. haha! Yay! You read the fine print! lol Well… it’s smaller in this website design at least. But in my defense I did mention 2 colors at the top of my post. I know perfectly well that there are color police out there! Oh fun! That sounds awesome…. I’m mean seriously right? What cool uniforms??! LOL

  4. Pretty blue teapot. Love the highlights. I dont know that I have ever seen a teapot that has the perfect whistle. I had one once that sounded like a disgruntled teapot. It growled!!! The, the top would blow off sometimes. 🤔

  5. I must say that I’m new to your Doodlewash family and I have been thoroughly enjoying my first world watercolor month!
    Thank you!
    And your words regarding the importance of doing a little of what gets us out of our comfort zones while honoring (and doing) that which flows naturally are ones that resonate. 👍🏼

    1. Aww that makes me so happy to hear Karen! 😃💕 Happy World Watercolor Month and welcome to Doodlewash! Yeah, my posts are stories and rambles… hehe… I leave all the reviews and tutorials to the rest of our community. Glad this one resonated with you!

  6. “Yeah, the little bear totally sold us”


    “far less Zen and more like he’s been tragically over-medicated. ”
    He is probably an MBA candidate.

    Today’s ultimate wisdom:

    “The trick is, after learning all of the styles from the masters, combine just the best bits of those ideas that appeal to you with the ones you came with naturally. This blend is better than any tea you could possibly boil.”


    1. Aww thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 You totally must realize, of course, that seeing my words quoted back at me I read them like someone else wrote them. LOL I can’t remember what I write each day, so I’m thrilled when you see wisdom in those words!

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