Although I love the sunny days of summer, the one thing I hate is that it also marks the return of that tiny little bloodsucker called the mosquito. Thankfully, they’re not normally this large, as this has simply been magnified to these terrifying proportions for the purposes of this doodlewash. If you’re wondering why anyone would choose this as a painting subject, then you might be new to my side of Doodlewash. Hi, I’m Charlie, I’m your host, and I like to paint whatever weird thing pops into my head. There, now that we’ve been properly introduced, I highly encourage you to do the same at some point, because it’s super fun! Though after painting this one, I admit to slamming my sketchbook hard in hopes that I’d actually squashed it.
I’m still wanting to try some looser painting, some urban sketching, and some full landscapes during this fabulous celebration called World Watercolor Month. But, old habits die hard and those aspirations will have to wait for the weekends when I have more time to paint. So, today, you get a hastily crafted mosquito. Mosquitoes have bizarre abilities usually found only in science fiction stories. They can find their hosts by not only sight, but by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies. This is simply disturbing and makes an already irritating pest, beyond creepy. And, as if this tiny titan of grossness couldn’t get worse, some species are attracted to smelly feet.
And that’s literally all the mosquito facts I could take before moving back to those funny cat videos. Although, I’m not sure what I expected to find about these little guys. Their usual role in the news is as some tiny harbinger of the next plague against humanity. So, no, there really isn’t much that’s not disgusting about these guys and their main positive effect on the ecosystem is as food for other animals, but that’s only assuming they’re plague-free. The real lesson here, if one can be found in this ridiculous, rambling post is that it’s incredibly fun to sketch and paint literally whatever comes to mind. I hope all of you fabulous folks out there celebrating World Watercolor Month are focusing on the joy that comes from playing and never taking yourself or your art too seriously.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrol Red, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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