For our prompt of “Mushrooms” today, I made a little sketch of a bunny on a mushroom meeting a butterfly. I was out walking my pup Elliott one evening recently and the fireflies were starting to arrive. He seemed mesmerized by them and wanted to follow each little dot of light that appeared. It reminded me of being a kid and feeling that same sort of wonder and fascination. As an adult, it’s quite easy to ignore things we’ve seen over and over again for years. Watching Elliott, I began to look at those fireflies more closely and enjoy the show as though I was viewing it for the very first time. As we head into World Watercolor Month in July, I’m thrilled to create and share each and every day of the month. And, I hope to add even more childlike creativity to the mix as I go along. Sometimes, as I get older, that means stepping further outside my comfort zone and trying something totally unique and different. It can feel a bit scary at first, but when I remember back to when I was young, I know it’s just about enjoying the beauty of surprises!
This July marks the 8th year of both World Watercolor Month as well as the 8th anniversary of this little blog. I have to admit that it feels like quite a milestone. It seems like so much time has passed since I first discovered the joy of watercolor painting. And yet, when I sit down to sketch and color, there’s still always something new revealed. I learn something each day, and though it’s not always some giant epiphany, it’s always something wonderful. I paint like I live my entire life. I don’t invest much time planning, and I don’t expect a particular outcome. I just jump in and let the story unfold in front of me. To me, that’s a heck of lot more fun! Besides, the best sort of surprise is when you can actually surprise yourself. Allowing myself to play and create freely is very important to me. It’s how we treat very small children, so why shouldn’t it work the same for adults?
I used to show up daily, but now I’ve moved to weekly appearances. So, this makes next month even more special! It’s a chance to celebrate the anniversary of Doodlewash by doing what I had done daily for over five and a half years, creating more than 2,000 illustrations in the process. It’s a chance, once again, to share my infinite curiosity and various experiments as I go along in realtime. And also, a chance to ramble on about whatever is on my mind each day. Most importantly, it’s a chance to play and try new things as I go along. Though there are always lots of techniques to practice, there’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey that’s the most important approach of all. It’s about looking for the interesting bits in life, even when life seems a bit mundane. Once I look past the obvious solution, I’ll see that firefly, glittering in the distance, luring me to a place where the reward is simply the awe-inspiring feeling that comes from finding fascination.
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Quinacridone Red, Yellow Ochre, Leaf Green, Benzimida Orange, Terra Cotta, And Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with black ink 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!