When it comes to our prompt of simple things today, I first thought of something simple like a favorite pair of sneakers. These are actually similar to ones that own, but I chose to color them orange as I think I might like to have a pair in this color as well soon. Also, I decided to simplify things a bit by only using only two colors, blue and orange, which are my favorite two colors. As many of you know, who read my posts and/or captions on social media, I’m rather enamored with the simple things in life. Objects that aren’t remotely unusual, but commonplace, everyday things. To me, these are among the most wonderful things that life has to offer. Sure, there’s always new and exciting things to enjoy in the world, but the comfort found in the little things we love most is unmatched. And I find watercolor so intriguing because two simple colors can become so many more as they move and mix on the paper. And a quick little doodlewash can suddenly become something rather like an actual pair of sneakers, tricking the eye into believing there’s more detail there than there actually is. And as we near the end of this first week of World Watercolor Month, I hope you’ve also been enjoying all the wonderful surprises this fabulous medium has to offer!
When it comes to shoes, I used to have more variety. I had dress shoes for work and other occasions, like weddings and funerals for example, that were made of leather and some even shiny. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized those kinds of shoes are not the most comfortable. I’ve heard a phrase that extols, “fashion feels no pain,” referring to the fact that one should don any type of footwear deemed trendy and wear it with confidence while smiling through the weepy tears of agony. This just seems stupid to me now, so you’ll find me instead with a closet full of mostly sneakers. As it turns out, fashion can be painful and there’s never a good reason to put yourself through discomfort in order to fit in. The truth is, we’re always at our happiest when we’re simply doing the things that make us happy. It’s not really a selfish trait, but more about being true to ourselves. Fashion can quickly turn into a goal to please others and this is never really quite as satisfying as enjoying our own true personality.
Those little quirks that make me feel like I don’t quite fit in are actually my favorite things about me. I adore all the things I have in common with people, but when things fail to line up exactly, I equally adore the differences. I guess, what I’ve learned along the way is that of all the things you can DO in life, just make sure you DO you and not someone else. When it comes to painting, groups are typically divided into how one paints. That’s why I started Doodlewash. Here, we play with watercolor and/or ink, pencils and other tools and gleefully do so, however we feel like doing it in the moment. Early one, someone asked me if Doodlewash was a method, and I happily responded that no, it’s absolutely not, it’s a movement to inspire creativity. And it’s also a celebration of art in every style in which it appears. There are no rules, or expectations, other than having a perfectly fabulous time in the process. As it turns out, we all have our own unique perfect fit when it comes to the fashion of art. Wear it with pride! It’s not hard to simply be yourself when you follow your heart and thoroughly revel in the simple things.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Cobalt Blue and Benzimida Orange. 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!