For today’s prompt of childhood memory, since that’s often what I blog about no matter what sketch appears, I actually wasn’t quite sure what to illustrate. Homemade ice cream was the first thing that leapt to mind, but more specifically that wondrous, now old-fashioned, machine with a crank. So, we have a fast and loose doodlewash, using my “shiny” Da Vinci Trio, of what I remember. Sunny summer days with family were never quite complete without this object making an appearance. It was the single most thrilling sight to behold on a hot summer day. At the end of our family gatherings, it would seem to magically appear out of nowhere and everyone would take turns cranking it. This is not the speediest way to make ice cream, but the anticipation it created always made the ice cream taste amazing. It was a slow process, yet the outcome was always so incredibly satisfying. I hope if you’ve made it this far through World Watercolor Month, you too are experiencing the sweet anticipation of the final moment! Just a couple days left! (and another reminder that those awesome souvenirs for the month are only available for sale a couple days more as well!) And I hope you’ll keep right on painting and sketching daily with us in August!
What I loved most about these old ice cream cranks and barrels was that it really took a village to make it happen. Sure, one person could conceivably do it all by themselves, but it would quickly grow tiring and seriously, what’s the fun in that? It was way more fun to come together as a group to make it happen. The simple act of doing so, was almost better than the reward itself. And that’s saying a lot since we’re talking about homemade cream. Sometimes in life, it’s just more rewarding to do things with others. To come together as a family or a community for the sake of something we all enjoy. And it’s that same little kid who loved ice cream that made me start Doodlewash, found World Watercolor Month, and start the Doodlewash Club community that we’ve grown together. In the end, Doodlewash is really nothing more complex this little ice cream cranking machine. A device that helps bring people together in a shared common spirit. Here, you’re never alone on this art journey. Join us, and you’ll be cranking out art daily as well.
Unlike ice cream, art is a treat that can be enjoyed all of the time. Well, you could enjoy ice cream like that, but it probably wouldn’t be a healthy choice. Adopting art daily, however, is certainly the healthiest choice one can make. For me, it reconnects me with that child inside, and makes me constantly imagine new possibilities. And like that kid, I don’t really worry about what I make each day. My mother will still put it on the refrigerator, only to quietly dispose of it later when things get a bit cluttered. Of course, she doesn’t do that now, and doesn’t even own a computer to see the things that I’m posting. But I like to think of Doodlewash as a virtual version of mom’s refrigerator. A place where all types of watercolor painting and sketching are proudly displayed because we celebrate the very act of making art in the first place. And what I’ve learned on this journey is that there’s beauty and inspiration to be found in it all. Thank you all for coming together as a group and being a part of this amazing celebration of art, and also, in the process, helping me to relive my most treasured childhood memory.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Turquoise (My “Shiny” Trio). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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!