Today’s doodlewash is wildly experimental and I just sort of played with colors and splashing paint to render a version of my favorite cup. A glass cup of tea in this case, which I have each and every evening just before going to bed. It was just a glass cup from Target, but I really liked the shape. I’m going to be playing around with different approaches to painting this month as I’m feeling a bit constrained. Today’s results looks a bit bizarre to my eye, but it was super fun to do! I think I sometimes paint what I know will get a good reaction, rather than just playing and letting things happen. I feel like this one is a bit over-rendered, but I learned a lot in the process! I want to return to a bit of learning and experimenting this month, rather than resort to my usual approach. So stayed tuned, as things could get a little unexpected as we go along. I’ve only be painting for 2 years, so I have a lot to learn. And I hope to have a bit more time this month to play and try new things.
I’ve found that choosing a favorite anything is sometimes a difficult task. In truth, my favorite morning mug is one that was given to me by a friend when I had moved to a neighborhood close to them. It was a coffee shop that we both frequented called Muddy’s and the logo has since worn off, but I still remember where it came from. The actual place no longer exists, replaced by a different type of place entirely that I can’t even remember now. It was right next to the college where I got my art degree. A degree that was more focused on 3D animation than actually making art by hand. I took one painting class in acrylics and I was so horrible at it that I never picked up a brush again until two years ago. The paintings I made in those classes where actually washed away in a basement flood that happened while living in the new house that merited the gift of that mug. Those, and all of the drawings I made in college were destroyed. Nothing remained. I assumed it was a sign that I had no business painting or drawing in the first place. So, I moved on to other creative endeavors instead.
And now, over 750 paintings later, I have created more art than I could possibly have dreamed of creating in college. I’ve not only replaced everything that washed away in the flood, but multiplied it by an incredible amount. And now, every new thing I’ve ever made is housed right here on Doodlewash, safe from heavy rains, and even organized and searchable which is super cool! When I think back to my time in college, I realize that I was always worried that I wasn’t actually an artist. There were so many people better than I was. So many ideas that were more clever than mine. At least, that’s the way that it seemed to me at the time. I’m curious to know if those people I revered back then are still making things each day. I hope so. They were amazing artists! The thing that’s changed for me today is that I don’t make art to turn into an instructor. I simply take a bit of time to have a bit of fun. That, in the end, makes all the difference in the world. And though I may or may not love what I created each day, I love that I made something new. A little image that never existed before. A memory, that lines up next to all of the others, adding a bit more color to the mosaic that has been my life. A life filled with simple things that ended up mattering the most to me. Like a brief moment each evening, enjoying a spot of tea from my favorite cup.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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