Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by the miniature versions of things. So although I’m not sure I actually have a favorite tree, a little bonsai tree in a pot would probably be the closest choice. That said, I still don’t actually possess one as any kind of plant is safest when not in my care. But I love the idea of something that’s normally towering being reduced into something that could fit on the mantle in one’s living room. And staring at the twisted branches, I imagine myself being reduced to a miniature size and happily sitting underneath it. It’s mesmerizing. Life can often seem so expansive and intimidating that when a bit of it gets reduced to a manageable size, it’s quite comforting. I never owned a dollhouse, as little people were less interesting to me than the little things that went with them. Tiny little stacks of books with titles on the spine and lots of wonderful detail. An impossibly small tea kettle that looks like it could actually boil water. These were endlessly fascinating to me.
Of course, I would have to be three inches tall to actually enjoy any of these miniatures properly. But the notion of producing detailed little facsimiles of those little elements of life that we hold dear was always intriguing to me. I guess, in a way, that’s what I do each day here on Doodlewash. Outside of the occasional things that might actually fit in my little sketchbook, I’m reproducing bits of life in a much reduced form. Each time I finish a book, it goes to a stack in the corner that I haven’t gone back to look through yet. Years from now, when that stack likely reaches the ceiling at my current pace, I’ll go back and flip through the pages. Bits of life reduced to a manageable size. Tiny memories that aren’t often specific to a time and place, but ephemera that intrigued me most in that very moment. An odd and imprecise diary, to be sure, but one that will be fun to revisit when I’m older. It’s not a documentary of moments as they occurred, but a record of what I was feeling at the time. Perhaps, in the end, this will prove to be even more illuminating.
And if you’d like a little something today, then I have a little something to offer you! Today, for anyone who’s not yet received a sample from Legion Paper, I have 10 Stonehenge Aqua Samplers which include a sheet of all the Coldpress and Hotpress papers. Simply comment below with the phrase “I Love Painting Life!” to let me know you want one! (U.S. only) No matter how many extraordinary things happen in my life, I’ll always be attracted to the little things most. Tiny surprises and little events that aren’t earth shattering, but enough to make me smile. Someday, I may attempt a large and grand painting on paper not bound inside a little book. But today, I’m content with capturing bits of life that come to me in that little moment I’ve set aside to make a doodlewash. A miniature bit of time to collect a single memory. For me, it’s one of the best parts of my day. From furry animals, to Wonka Bars, even I’m never sure what will appear here each day. And that’s the best part of all. A magical little moment, like dreaming of shrinking down to an impossibly small size so I can quietly sit, with no cares in the world, underneath my favorite tree.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Red Rose Deep, Leaf Green, Cobalt Turquoise, Burnt Umber, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!