Three years ago, on this very day, I picked up a paintbrush and tried watercolor for the very first time. So, for today’s prompt of primary colors I just grabbed for red, yellow, and blue and made a little celebratory doodlewash fitting for a three year old. Today also marks 3 full years of consecutive daily painting and sketching, or 1,095 daily doodlewashes. Each year, I challenge myself to do something brand new to celebrate. In the first year, I founded World Watercolor Month, and I hope everyone participating is having a blast! In the second year, I added Doodlewash Club, a full social community and watercolor boutique for artists on doodlewash.com. Along the way, our community has grown to thousands of artists and you’ll find wonderful reviews and tutorials written by some of these artists. In truth, the site is rather complete, so I decided to try something completely different. I’ve never once appeared on video yet, being a bit shy, so I thought audio would be the best route to start making a regular appearance in the form of a podcast sharing not my art, but my stories. And I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off in time for today, but the first episode is now available!
As many of you know, this site is not your typical art blog whenever I show up here. Everything around me is as one might expect, but for my own daily posts, I share a pairing of both an image and a story, that’s usually just about life and not specifically about art or art materials. For me, after coming out of the zone of painting, my mind always goes to other things entirely, like childhood memories and thoughts on life. So, I write and ramble about whatever comes to mind after that sketch and have done so for the past three years. I thought it might be fun to select some favorite stories (or rambles) of both mine and yours, and group them by theme into podcast episodes. Full disclosure, here. I had no idea how to make a podcast or how to mix audio, so I quickly had to figure that out and am still figuring it all out, so this is, as usual, a bit of an experiment. Since I mostly share just little bits of life in both visual and written form, I decided to call my podcast, “Sketching Stuff” and it’s currently only available here on Doodlewash, as I’d love feedback from you first, my readers, to know if this is something of interest.
So if you’re curious, you can click here and head over to Sketching Stuff and let me know your thoughts in the comments! The first episode is titled Days To Celebrate, and did I mention it’s a full show? Yep… just shy of 22 minutes, so feel free to wait and listen on your next work commute. This one includes stories from one of my earliest months of sketching where I chose a different National or World Day each day for a month and made a sketch and wrote about it. It was this that inspired me to found World Watercolor Month the following year!
So, it seemed a fitting way to begin this new adventure. Thanks so much to all of you who follow my little blog posts and support and enjoy my daily rambles. I’ve loved hearing your stories that my posts have inspired in the comments. To me, this has been the most enriching part of blogging each day, and also, I can’t write an art supply review to save my life, so I’ll leave that to the crazy talented folks in our community. What I can do, for my part, is show up each day, and hopefully inspire you to smile more and learn that anything is possible in life and art if you just set your mind to it. 31 watercolors in a month? Heck yeah! And though getting humorous thoughts on life and advice on creativity from a 3-year old may seem odd, I can assure you, it’s actually not a bad place to start.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Red and Cobalt Blue. 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!
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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!