There are so many moments in life that make me happy that it’s difficult to choose a single one. For the last little doodlewash of the month, I chose tea time, which I enjoy at the end of each and every day. I truly love having my cup of tea each night before heading off to bed. But beyond that, my actual favorite moment is the little 20 minutes to an hour each day that I spend painting some little bit of life. This little break in my day has become a ritual that I’m very protective of, making space in my day to assure it can happen. The way I see it, we go to work each day without fail, so why then shouldn’t our hobbies receive the same level of commitment? It just seems logical to me that time should always be reserved for the things we love most. So, each evening you’ll find me making some room for painting and sketching stuff, and, of course, enjoying a lovely cup of tea. These are the simple pleasures in life that next’s month’s adventure is dedicated to celebrating. I DO hope you’ll join me!
I’m now in my third year of painting, doodlewashing, and blogging. It’s been an amazingly fun journey with so many wonderful things happening along the way. At the end of the first year, I founded an international holiday for watercolor, which seemed a bit crazy to most of my friends, but has proven to be truly incredible. To kick off the third year, I started a brand new community for watercolor artists right here on Doodlewash! If you’re an artist who loves watercolors, then I hope you’ll join us. It’s been a blast to visit my own site to see what fabulous conversations are happening and the beautiful watercolor art that’s being uploaded each day. It makes my heart so happy to see my vision come to life. A vision that has never been about me and my art, but about you and celebrating the beautiful things that you create! My dream has always been to create a space for people to come together and share their love of watercolor with the world, and it’s so amazing to see how far we’ve come together. Thanks to each of you who’ve joined the community, made new friends, and helped each other become better artists. You’re all amazing!
And tonight, as a way of saying thank you for all that you DO, I have a little something to give to you. I’m giving away Hahnemühle Cézanne, mould-made, 300gsm, 9.44″x12.59″, 10 sheet blocks to the first five people who’ve not yet received the Cézanne paper yet. Just comment below with the phrase “Make Time To Paint!” and let me know what type of paper you’d prefer: Cold Pressed, Hot Pressed, or Rough (US/Canada only). I’ve been using the Hahnemühle Watercolour Books for the past few months and I have to say that they are truly fantastic. I highly recommend them as well! There are so many things in life to be thankful for, but at the end of the day, I find myself amused and delighted by those simple pleasures in life. I’m excited to spend next month exploring those things that people rank as their absolute favorite. And each time, when I sit down to ponder them, I’ll have the additional satisfaction of knowing that I’m also enjoying that daily thrill that always comes from my favorite moment.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Gold, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Perylene Maroon, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.