GUEST DOODLEWASH: Creating Joy With Watercolors

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor Painting by Aubrie Heck - #doodlewash

Hello everyone! My name is Aubrie Heck. I am fifteen years old and I live in the suburbs of Kansas City with my parents, younger sister, and two cats (follow my Facebook page!)

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor Painting by Aubrie Heck - #doodlewash

Balancing time between being in high school, participating in sports, and taking music lessons, it can be difficult to carve out time for drawing and painting- but it is something that I love to do and miss very much when I neglect it.

I have learned different art techniques through taking many online art classes (from Carla Sonheim, Danielle Donaldson, Lynn Whipple, etc.) and from years of practice. There has never been that single aha moment where I realized that I wanted to become an artist because I have always felt that I already am one. Like Ananda Coomaraswamy once said, “The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.”

My favorite materials are simple: a mechanical pencil, an ultra-fine tipped sharpie pen, and a set of Dr. Martin’s liquid watercolors. I love watercolors because they can add a whole new level of energy to your drawings without taking anything away from the original.

When I draw, I like to have a subject to look at, whether it be an object in my room, one of my cats, a person walking by, or an interesting face in a magazine. I like to draw the world with a bit of my own imagination and personality mixed in with reality. There is so much joy that comes from creating with your own hands something that you love and the joy only spreads when shared with others!

I am so excited for the opportunity to have my works displayed on Doodlewash with so many other talented and amazing artists. You can see more of my pieces on my Facebook page.

Aubrie Heck

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  1. These are wonderful. I especially love the long legged dog. Brilliant!

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      Thank you!! There is absolutely nothing wrong with stick legs in my opinion 🙂

  2. edda blume 6 years ago

    Dear Aubrie, you truly are already an artist! Those drawings are outstanding! Perfect in every sense: line, color, imagination and maturity. They belong into a gallery. Absolutely fascinating!

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      Thank you so much! I have had them in a small gallery near where we live and loved it so much. I hope I’ll get the chance again!

  3. 6 years ago

    Love your doodles.

  4. em4mighty 6 years ago

    i love your art! it is amazing & beautiful! & so expressive! thank you for sharing it <3

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      Thank you for such kind words <3

  5. memadtwo 6 years ago

    Keep doing your wonderful art work. It is fresh and original. N.

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      Thanks you!! Hearing that my work is unique is one of my favorite compliments!

  6. M. L. Kappa 6 years ago

    Well done, Aubrie, carry on your work is great!

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Aubrie, your work is so full of life and wonder, it’s a joy to see. I love the personality and whimsy expressed in each portrait. I hope you’ll consider entering the art field as a professional but even if you decide to pursue another career, I know you’ll be an artist all your life, creating magic from color. As you’ve said, you already are an artist. I[m going to remember your name.

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      Thank you so much! A career as an artist would definitely be my first choice, and I hope that is what end up working out 🙂

  8. Laura (PA Pict) 6 years ago

    These are all wonderful! I’m so impressed that you’ve developed such a strong visual language.

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      Thank you!! I love to try and telling stories through my pictures.

  9. Curious to the Max 6 years ago

    Aubrie, it was so much fun to see your art work. I, too, have taken Carla Sonheim’s online classes and she brings out the creativity in everyone. Keep drawing and splashing color around — your pictures are delightful!!!

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      She is wonderful. She really taught me to embrace imperfection and just have fun 😉
      Thank you!!

  10. Jodi 6 years ago

    Aubrie! Your work really caught my eye! I love it! You are a very talented young lady! Thanks for sharing, Charlie! Keep up the great work Aubrie.

  11. Jen 6 years ago

    Aubrie, your art already has such a well-developed sense of style. Keep doing your own, unique thing and I think you’ll go far!

    • Aubrie 6 years ago

      Thank you!! 🙂
      It’s easy to see others art and want to copy their style so it is so encouraging when other people love your very own style.

  12. berolahragamatras2 6 years ago

    Love your doodles.

  13. wordwitch88 6 years ago

    WOW! You are amazing – and I love your sense of spirit, play and self – your confidence and joy in what you’re doing! Never give up on the dreams – although you have so much going on in your life and world, always make a bit of time to do what you love to do – this is what will keep you real and true to who you are – an artist 🙂

  14. wordwitch88 6 years ago

    Reblogged this on Black Cat Alley and commented:
    Doodlewash is one of my fave sites to stop by and check out what’s happening. Charlie is so generous and his ideas have really grown these past few years into something spectacular. He regularly features guest posts – and this awesome young artist has incredible energy in her pieces! Sometimes, you just need to stop by, take a few minutes, and appreciate gems for their beauty 🙂

  15. Sandy 6 years ago


  16. rantanenmichael 6 years ago

    wow so much care put into these pieces.. love it!

  17. Aubrie 6 years ago

    Thank you! 🙂

  18. peachy2017 6 years ago

    Your style is one of my favorites when I think of watercolors! Please keep it up (:

  19. foreverbloggergirl 5 years ago

    I love your art, its amazing xx

  20. gulliena 5 years ago

    Amazing amazing work!!!
    Wow so creative and so different from what we get to see normally ❤️
    You’re doing great at such a young age that i wonder what better things you’d be doing when you grow up.

  21. gulliena 5 years ago

    Also you remind me of Dorothy
    The character from ‘the wizard of oz’
    Living in kansas with a lil family with cats 😍

  22. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago

    These are great! <3

  23. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Your portraits are wonderful! Keep making art.

  24. Rod Fletcher 5 years ago

    I just came across this Aubrie. I love your attitude and you have given an old man some joy this afternoon with your paintings.

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