GUEST DOODLEWASH: Beautiful Inspiration

Doodlewashes by Moy Medrano

These phenomenal doodlewashes come to us from Moy Medrano in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico (follow him on Instagram!). He’s 28 years old and has a Masters in international administration. He says, “I like to exercise, read, paint (obviously) and appreciate art, all kinds of art.”

Moy says, “I had never painted before, knew nothing about painting and art (just the basics), but I always found it very interesting. When I started to mature, I was very interested in Leonardo Da Vinci. It made me very curious, but I still did not know anything.”

In October 2012, at the age of 25, Moy’s younger brother bought a kit of watercolors for one of his classes (he studies architecture). “On a day of curiosity, I tried the colors,” he says. “I made a fish and began to draw, then took watercolors and painted. At first I was not good and I did not like the result.”

Soon his brother came and said, “Hey, watercolors are not used like this, you must put more water and let the color flow.” Moy tried it and when he saw the result he says, “I was stunned, I could not believe how beautiful watercolor was and then I soon began to draw and paint what I liked best.”

After that, and thanks to his brother, he would be taught painting by his teacher, Huascar Taborga. Moy says, “He’s Bolivian, and a philosopher. He’s such a great person and a master of watercolor, admired and loved by the community of painters. He received me in his study and he soon helped me expand my potential.”

Moy remembers well when they first met. He brought his earlier paintings in to show Huascar and he told him, with his Bolivian accent, “brother, you’ve already painted or studied painting before?” and Moy said “No, sir.” To this Huascar replied, “I’ll help you to be one of the best watercolorists.”

Unfortunately his life is filled with work and he has little time for painting. He’s currently doing a portrait of Lucian Freud in watercolor to compete in an upcoming national watercolor contest, which will be at the “National Museum of Watercolor Alfredo Guati Red” in the city of Mexico. He’s hopeful to win first prize.

Moy starts his creative process simply by seeing art by other artists or occasionally seeing photos with beautiful and artistic themes. He says this “makes me want to translate them into a drawing and painting and I simply do. Sometimes I like to draw faces because I think the look of a person says a lot.”

He uses Winsor & Newton watercolors for his sketches and for his major works Sennelier. For his paper he almost always uses Arches. There are many artists he likes and where he turns to find inspiration: Leonardo da Vinci, Sergent Ogden Pleissner, Andrew Wyeth, Ricardo Perez Alcala, Sorolla, Freud, and Soutine. And he’s also inspired by contemporary artists such as Casey Baugh.

Moy says, “I love the art of Elly Smallwood, Guy Denning, Bruno Monteiro, Julia Barminova, Evaristo Callo Anco, Sam Wolfe, Galina Ershova and, of course, my teacher Huascar Taborga.”

Be sure to follow Moy on Instagram to see more of his wonderful artwork! Thank you so much, Moy, for sharing your wonderful art and inspiration with us and allowing us to be inspired by you! 

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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. 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!
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27 Comments
  1. Marcus 2 years ago

    you saying ALL those pictures are water colors? even the “shirtless man” one? oh I do so love art. And when I see the work of “average people” I sit in shock. Understand they’re not “average” when it comes to ability. And Moy is definitely not average – a Master’s degree at 28. And then he picks up a brush and POOF. An artist. So great!!

    • Author

      Yep…all watercolor! 😉 I agree, Marcus! Moy is pretty incredible! Pretty much the definition of natural talent. The rest of us just have to work a little harder! Lol But his work and story are very inspiring! 😃

  2. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Breathtakingly Captivating! When I grow up I want to paint like Moy 😉…..or at least be a 1/100th of his ability 😉

  3. Catherine Johnson 2 years ago

    They are amazing! I hope he finds more time to paint or at least never gives up.

  4. Kari 2 years ago

    These are so beautiful! What a gift to be able to manipulate watercolors so well! Will be following on IG!

  5. kirkistan 2 years ago

    That is, gulp, amazing. wow.

  6. kungfunaomi 2 years ago

    :O That is by far some of the most realistic and beautiful watercolor I have ever seen… I did not know that water color was capable of doing pictures like the one of that shirtless man.

  7. Snehal Kank 2 years ago

    What an Amazing work Moy!!! I never seen such detail work in watercolor, Charlie thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  8. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Beautiful work! I especially love the jellyfish!

  9. Jodi 2 years ago

    Wowza! Born gifted! 🙂

  10. That sea jelly is amazing!

  11. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Stunning! Mesmerizing! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us Moy. The very best to you and your creative adventure. Thank you Charlie for bringing Moy to us.

  12. Tori 2 years ago

    Oh wow, these are amazing! Thank you Charlie for sharing his work with us 😊

  13. Kah Choon 2 years ago

    I love drawing and painting too. Your work is truly amazing. Thank you for sharing

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