GUEST DOODLEWASH: Garden of Edin

Happy new year everyone! My name is Jocelyn Edin. I live north of Ann Arbor, Michigan in a land of many lakes. I create from a home studio which I call the Garden of Edin, a nod to my love of life, color, and anything flora. I left my job as an art director at a small studio two years ago to follow a new path, pick my own projects, try new things that terrify me, like drawing and painting!

Doodlewashes by Jocelyn EdinArt has always been encouraged and definitely runs in the family. My dad was my high school art teacher. And while I always enjoyed painting, I never thought it was my strongest medium. I actually stayed away from watercolor during college thinking it would frustrate me. I focused on graphic design, photography, and sculpture. After getting a full-time design job and spending the rest of my time raising two little kids, creating any real artwork for myself had stopped. My sketchbooks were full of crayon drawings and to-do lists.

But I had been admiring artwork always, constantly looking for inspiration. And watercolor always made me the most excited. If it makes your heart jump, go for it, right? So I researched, bought a good batch of supplies, and started. It still scares me daily, but I love the rush.

Doodlewash by Jocelyn EdinI’m sketching much more now, typically with a set of grayscale markers to think through a watercolor painting. Picked this up from Frank Francese youtube videos. Just sketching as a warm-up, making marks, getting the blood moving, it’s really important. I’m starting to sketch more with watercolor as well, sometimes combining washes with pen and ink.

Drawing is like exercise. It just takes some desire and motivation. You never regret doing it and each time you do, it gets easier. For more process and artwork, you can visit my site gardenofedin.com or find me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Jocelyn Edin
gardenofedin.com

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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!
23 Comments
  1. Jessica 1 year ago

    Jocelyn- I love your pieces!!

  2. kirkistan 1 year ago

    Such a cool, loose style!

  3. jotsfromasmallapt 1 year ago

    Terrific. Checking out your site now!!!

  4. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Like your color studies using grayscale markers! You have a lovely painting style, Jocelyn! 😃

  5. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Beautiful style Jocelyn, thank you for sharing with us. Thank you Charlie.

  6. Kari 1 year ago

    Beautiful work! I have to try the exercises with markers to loosen up. Will be following on IG!

  7. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    Lovely paintings, loose and expressive. Wonderful feature post, thank you for sharing.

  8. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Great name for a studio and looks like you have the family art gene!

  9. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Everything flows beautifully. (K)

  10. Scribble Fiend 1 year ago

    These are gorgeous! I love the llama!

  11. Cathe 1 year ago

    What beautiful paintings and talent! Love seeing her website too! Thank you for this treat Charlie!

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