Welcome to a brand new month here on Doodlewash and that always marks the start of a new art challenge and adventure! This month, we’re paying homage to all of the actual celebration days in the month of September. So, we’re kicking things off with Ginger Cat Appreciation Day! Yep, this wonderfully specific day is celebrated on September 1st each year by those who love ginger cats, sometimes referred to as orange cats. Though I find it tough to tell the gender of a cat, with these cats, if you guess male you’re most likely to be correct as there are about 3 males for every 1 female ginger cat. A trick of chromosomes that I won’t go into here, because I’m not entirely sure I understand it properly. Science was never really my thing. And as many of you know, I’m allergic to cats, but if I could have one, I think I might love a ginger one best. They’re lovely little creatures. And if you do have one of these fur babies, even if it’s one of a different color, it’s still a great day to spend a little extra quality time with the cat or cats in your life. And be sure to give them a hug from me!
Out of the corner of my eye, I can currently see my dog enjoying a new little bed that Philippe bought for him recently. He’s a bit fussy, so we weren’t sure if he would take to it, but he adores it and has spent most of the day there. I can now hear him snoring. I’m actually a bit envious as it’s soft and looks amazingly comfortable, but one in my size would simply look ridiculous. He’s a brindle basenji which means he’s a bit stripey, but the primary color is actually a touch ginger in the sunlight and he has a personality that’s often like a cat. So, I think he deserves a little extra treat of some kind today in celebration of Ginger Cat Appreciation Day. I’ll be sure to let him know whenever he decides to wake up and we have a little party. I adore these celebration days because they’re often wonderful reminders to pause and appreciate the simple things in life. This is something we often do for the big holidays, when we come together as a family. But I truly believe each and every day deserves to be celebrated in some way.
Back when I very first started doodlewashing, I challenged myself to paint and celebrate days like this all month long and it was really fun! It’s also the first episode of my Sketching Stuff podcast. And if you haven’t heard yet, Episode 5 is out now and all about our furry friends, which is timely for today’s celebration. Would love to hear your comments and reactions if you have a moment to listen! I keep right on making these little podcast episodes, hoping people continue to find them enjoyable, so your comments are helpful and always much appreciated! It’s been quite a journey since I first began and, after over 1,155 consecutive days of doodlewashing, I’m still thoroughly enjoying it. It’s just incredibly fun to sketch and paint every single day, so I hope you’ll all join me. And this month will prove there’s literally something happening each day that one can celebrate with a little sketching. Whether it’s your dreams, your family, or even chocolate milkshakes, these are the best bits of life and deserve a little recognition. So, I wish you all a very happy Ginger Cat Appreciation Day!
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Terra Cotta and Indigo. 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!