GUEST DOODLEWASH: Old San Juan

Old San Juan by Sofia Ingram

With today’s guest doodlewashes, we’re traveling to Old San Juan with Sofia Ingram, currently living in South Carolina and born and raised in Colombia, South America (follow her on Instagram @sofiingram). She lived in Columbia until she was thirty years old and then moved to the United States and that’s when her whole adventure in sketching began!

Sofia says, “As many other children, I had a strong interest in coloring and drawing that lasted until I was 11 years old. Later, during my college years, I sketched a few nudes and bought my first set of watercolors, a very cheap one that I was able to afford. I loved watercolors since the first try!”

After that, she had to write a thesis for two years so she stopped experimenting. After that lapse, she remembers buying her first “serious” watercolor set in Spain, at a very famous mall there (“Imagine you are walking into Macys or JCPenny and there is a corner with art supplies!”).

She later moved to Virginia and started sketching three months after getting off the plane – and hasn’t stopped since then! Sofia soon became a ‘Virginian’ at heart and fell in love with the stunning landscapes and the history of every city and town there.

“To me,” says Sofia, “sketching satisfies my urge of keeping a record, of leaving a mark, a proof of my existence. I’ve found that no fancy equipment is necessary to keep a sketchbook, and also found there is a ‘tribe’ of sketchers.” (we agree! It doesn’t take much to get started and there are wonderful tribes! From urban sketchers to your new family of doodlewashers, we’re here to support you in your journey!)

You can see more from Sofia by following her on Flickr (leonelda), Twitter (@SofiaIngram_), Facebook (e.s.sierra), and Instagram (@sofiingram)! Her sketches and doodlewashes are wonderful, and it’s a treat to see the world through her eyes, so definitely click these links to see more!

“My sketchbooks explore the curiosity of someone who sees and tries things for the first time. They are a record of my life abroad, as an immigrant, away from friends and family but full of dreams, new friends and experiences.”

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10 Comments
  1. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Sofia’s images are terrific. They are very lively and fun. Her desire to “keep a record” resonates with me.How could anyone not want to be part of a tribe of sketchers?

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    What words of wisdom from Sofia! And her art is so fresh and lively!

  3. memadtwo 2 years ago

    I like the splashes of color contrasted with the black and white areas. (K.)

  4. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Beautiful and fresh approach to the world and experiences. Great use of color to highlight. Inspiring outlook…love the ‘tribe’ vibe 😀

    • Author

      Hehe.. And I love “tribe vibe”! Has a great ring to it! 😉 join the doodlewash tribe!! I want to feature you friend!!

  5. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    The simplicity of line and color is so alluring. Sofia’s art captures the essence of the scene. Thanks for sharing her art.

    • Author

      Glad you liked it Sharon! I know, I love how Sofia captures things. Hoping to learn and get a little more simplicity into my own sketches.

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