During the summer months as a kid, we’d often play with squirt guns, or at least that’s what we called them. They’re also called water guns. Running around trying to squirt each other with as much water as possible was a delightfully exhausting way to spend a summer day. We didn’t usually have the really fancy squirt guns, but just the super cheap plastic kind that came in a party pack. These were a bit touch and go as sometimes you’d get stuck with a gun that didn’t really spray at all, but just sort of dribbled water out leaving you know way to defend yourself from the giggling onslaught of the other kids. I seemed to always get this type. I spent most of my time just running around hiding behind trees. But for some reason, I still have fond memories of those times. I think I just loved how everyone ended up laughing uncontrollably. It was a ridiculous sport with no rules and a gleeful randomness to it all. There wasn’t a way to fail, just a goal to have as much fun as possible until the water bucket was dry.
I don’t really play like this anymore during the summer months. Once it gets too hot, you’ll just find me hiding indoors trying to beat the heat. But even then, I like to approach all of life like it’s a bit of game, looking for fun wherever I can find it. Lately, I’ve been having a blast pushing the limits of my abilities trying to make a fun new community here on this site. What makes it so fun is that it’s something we’re all making up together as we go along. For anyone who’s jumped in and joined Doodlewash Club, you can now add your location via your profile, so be sure to check that out. The little kid in me was just super excited when he managed to figure out who to add geolocation features today. Then, just like a little kid, I’m now sitting here thinking, please somebody try it! It’s just super fun to build these groups and I’m thrilled that people have decided to play along. But, as ever, it’s never just about me. If you want to create your own watercolor group on Doodlewash, you can now do that as well via the Groups page.
I’ve not advertised any of these features broadly yet. I’m still just letting people discover them as we go. It’s not my community, after all, it’s yours. Just like World Watercolor Month is your month to celebrate and enjoy! This blog and now full website has always been about bringing together artists from all over the world. And it’s that mission that keeps me charging forward trying to make awesome things happen for all of us. And also, this site is about lovely memories of childhood. About embracing your inner child to free up all those silly adult fears and just DO what you love! I hope you’ll come play with me as I think the future is going to be incredibly fun. And just like the best times of childhood, there aren’t any rules holding us back. We can just forge ahead and make the reality that we want to see happen, together. And best of all, we can have as much silly fun as we like along the way. Just like children do, while enjoying those hot summer days, dodging squirt guns.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Orange, Azo Yellow, Dioxazine Purple, Quinacridone Rose, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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!