When it comes to exotic locations, our prompt for today, it’s really all a matter of perspective. Exotic simply means “originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country.” So, what seems exotic to one person in one country, might seem perfectly commonplace to someone else. For me, as an example, exotic is anywhere that has coconuts growing, since I only see them at the supermarket. Once, years ago, I was staying in a small house on the island of Vieques near Puerto Rico. A fresh coconut was chopped for us to enjoy and it was the most delicious coconut I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve actually never had one served to me like that since, so it still ranks as one of my more exotic experiences. Sometimes the rarest things become the most memorable. That’s why I love World Watercolor Month, which happens only once a year, and unites thousands of artists around the globe in the celebration of watercolor. We’ve almost come to the close of this year’s event and I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have!
Today, I have 20 more 5×7″ samples of Winsor & Newton professional watercolor paper paired with a professional watercolor 6 color dot card to give away. So hopefully everyone who wants one can get one! This is only open to residents of U.S./Canada and only to people who haven’t been told they’re receiving one yet. If you’d like to receive these, simply let me know you want them by adding the comment “I love Winsor & Newton!” while you comment below. The first 20 eligible folks to do so will receive one! (please watch for my comment back to you confirming, as I’ll give you a link to my contact form to send me your address!). There’s just one day left of World Watercolor Month, so if you haven’t yet, please consider making a donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation or do so by purchasing souvenirs in our shop, where 100% of proceeds go to Dreaming Zebra (these items will totally disappear on August 1st (yep, seriously, in less than 48 hours they’ll be gone forever!), so get yours now!)
For some parts of the world, it’s already the last day of World Watercolor Month, so thanks so much for your participation in this year’s event. I hope you had a fabulous time. Doodlewash has monthly art challenges all year long, so if you don’t feel like stopping, and I truly hope you don’t, please continue to join us all year! I’ve been painting daily for 3 years and nearly one full month now, and I can’t imagine stopping. If nothing else, I provide living proof, that no matter how busy your life may seem, there’s always a little bit of time you can carve out to make art. Whether your art is painting, drawing, sculpture, writing, or something else entirely, I hope you’ll always show up to make it. Creating new things is a gift that we all have, should we choose to accept it. We are all born with a natural ability to create. The trick is reconnecting with that ability as adults. As you read the artist’s stories on Doodlewash, you’ll quickly see the common theme. It’s not about learning to do something new, it’s about rediscovering the talent you’ve possessed since childhood. So, join us as we venture off with pen, pencil and paintbrush in hand to explore our own creativity each day. In the end, that’s where you’ll truly discover and enjoy a most fascinating and exotic location.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine Blue. (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!