Happy World Watercolor Month! July is the most exciting month of the year for watercolor as artists across the globe come together in appreciation of this amazing medium. I’m starting the month off with a watercolor illustration of a little kitty curled up next to a mug of morning coffee, in answer to our optional prompt of “Sunlit” today. Just another reminder that prompts are completely optional to participate. If you make art that features watercolors and/or gouache, just use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth and celebrate with us when you post on social media! This also helps spread the word about the month which is a non-profit event to help raise funds for the International Child Art Foundation. So, tag away each time you post, and let’s celebrate watercolor in July as a community! As for my sketch, well, I always start my mornings with a mug of coffee as the sun is coming up. I’m usually a bit like this little cat until I’ve had a chance to get a touch of caffeine in my system. Yet, in July, I’m excited and ready to create all month long! I hope you’ll join me!
Philippe and I had gotten a bit less sleep this week as there were critters jumping around on our roof in the middle of the night. This happened previously when our friend Bob the raccoon would come to visit, but we’re not entirely sure what type of critter this one was yet. We’ve set up some sound deterrents via something Philippe ordered online and our neighbor helped us with the install. So, we’ll see if we end up with a full night’s sleep this evening. With all of the excitement of World Watercolor Month, I think I’m running on adrenaline, when in truth, I’m really quite exhausted. It takes a ton of work to host this event each year, and now that it’s here I think I could use a little nap. Instead, I’m just super excited to share what I make each day once more and ramble on about whatever is on my mind!
We took our pup Elliott on a couple of walks today, and have a friend coming over for dinner this evening. Elliott decided he didn’t want to sleep in his crate anymore and instead has taken over the couch in the room where Philippe works and I now paint. I think lying next to me while I’ve been painting this year has made Elliott certain that this is his room now. Philippe and I were actually glad to have our bedroom back to ourselves, and that was about the moment that the roof critters arrived to keep our hopes in check. Between the unwanted pests and high heat and humidity, I’m really not a fan of summer. Yet, it was this very season when I discovered watercolor just 7 years ago. And, this marks the 8th year of World Watercolor Month and the start of my 8th year sketching and painting. It seems like it’s been both a really long time and no time at all. And, as I begin this month, it still feels wonderful and new, as I experience the thrill of each brand new day!
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Opus (Vivid Pink), Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? SEND ME A NOTE HERE, and I’ll Add it To My Shop!