GUEST DOODLEWASH: Stealing Time to Paint

Doodlewash and watercolor by David Calderón Real of city street

First of all, thanks to Charlie O’Shields for taking the time and allowing me to be doodlewashed! I’m David Calderón Real, from Spain (follow me on Instagram!). When I was younger, I wasn’t used to drawing a lot, but I’ve always been interested in art, oil and acrylic artists and ink drawings. Once I started my technical studies, I needed to exercise a lot my skills to draw. I don’t have any training in arts, only my self-taught techniques.

I am a technical designer now and I’m used to drawing lots of things every day for my work, technical drawings all of them, but I always need to imagine how things are; so I’m always exercising my spatial vision.

Doodlewash and watercolor by David Calderón Real of framed landscape

Once I started painting with watercolours, I discovered that is my preferred medium. I failed lots of times in my learning process, my trial and error method, but the key is to keep going.

I like to look at colours in my environment and try to imagine how to get them. 

Doodlewash and watercolor by David Calderón Real of view from balcony

My inspiration comes by looking on the internet (Instagram mostly) at works by other artists, and guess how to achieve them. Now that we have this tool, is easy to learn lots of things by losing some time looking for someone who does something.

Doodlewash and watercolor by David Calderón Real of roller skates

I draw with a waterproof ink pen when I draw urban landscapes that are then painted with Winsor & Newton watercolours, but I prefer to paint directly with watercolours when drawing natural landscapes. Winsor & Newton watercolours are my favourite ones because I see them brighter and more close to natural colours than others. I like the Canson® Guarro® Acuarela paper, because is not as permeable as the traditional ones.

Doodlewash and watercolor by David Calderón Real of barn

My brushes are the traditional ones, stored in a case that was done by me (with the help of my mother for the needlework).

Brush holder of David Calderón Real

I am a very novice painter with not the time that I would like to draw and learn, but I try to steal time from other things to paint.

Doodlewash and watercolor by David Calderón Real of chidren's bicycle with training wheels

I use the watercolours to relax myself, and I try to learn as much as possible testing new ways of doing so.

David Calderón Real

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  1. Margriet Bierens 6 years ago

    Interesting art, I like it! Stealing time, nice expression, thank you David!

    • David Calderón Real 6 years ago

      Thanks Margriet, it’s always nice to read goods comments!

  2. memadtwo 6 years ago

    The crispness and openness of your work is very appealing. (K)

    • David Calderón Real 6 years ago

      Thanks MEMADTWO for your comment!!

  3. Sharon Mann 6 years ago

    I love your variety of subjects, beautiful painting David. Thank you Charlie.

    • David Calderón Real 6 years ago

      Thanks! I like to try different things!

  4. Great work!

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  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Love your approach to art and to making time to be creative. You have an eye for detail and I find your painting case cleverly constructed.

  7. I like the idea to steel time…great! And love that bicycle!

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  9. rubiescorner 1 week ago

    I see clearly what the subject is. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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