GUEST DOODLEWASH: Urban Graffiti Second Look

Urban Graffiti Second Look by Philippe

Here’s another doodlewash view of the Urban Graffiti I posted a couple days ago by Philippe (@Phinomet). He chose to show us the other side of the building which has a totally different kind of graffiti painted by Mother Nature (a badass graffiti artist in her own right if you think about it).

Love the softer touch of this view and the sky is just really darn cool! Philippe used his new Escoda VERSÀTIL Brushes for this one (12 Round, 6 Round, and a 2 Rigger). Philippe prefers to sketch in pencil and then go straight to watercolor, so the power lines in this painting are not ink lines, but were actually created using full strength M. Graham Neutral Tint and his Rigger brush.

We really liked this exercise as the paintings are so incredibly different even though we were essentially doodlewashing the same subject. Not sure what it says about us that I chose the fully urban alley and he opted for the softer touch of greenery.

Directly to your right, across the street, is Mildred’s which was our first attempt at this (here and here). For each of these, I stuck with my tiny Art Plus Moleskine and Philippe painted much larger on 7×10″ Arches paper. With a larger surface to cover his took a bit longer to complete, but not by much, as it was still done in around an hour.

I’ve heard it said that couples that doodlewash together, stay together. Actually, I’ve never heard that said, but I’m prone to making things up when I’m not sure what to write next. But it should be said. And if you have another person in your house who might like to paint the same thing with you, try a little double doodlewash yourself! You’ll be glad you did!

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29 Comments
  1. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Hahaha! You are so cute with your funny made-up sayings! I really like that idea that doodlewashing together helps you to stay together as I wish you and Philippe many decades of happiness. My hubby hasn’t drawn anything since his grad school days. He’s too busy sciencing. 😉 But he earns the income so that I can indulge in my artsing, so I’m cool with that. LOL! I think that Philippe’s opting for the softer green side complements your choice of harder urban side well!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Teresa! ❤️😃I think making things up is part of being an artist! 😉And my excuse for just typing anything that pops into my head. You should get your hubby sketching again!! 😃👍🏻

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Gardening is his artistic outlet, and because I enjoy the fruits of his labor (heh), I’m not going to distract him with paints and stuff! 😀

      • Author

        True! Best to leave it alone then!! 😉👍🏻

  2. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Oh Charlie, I love this post! To see both sides of the Doodlewash relationship is fantastic. I have a rigger brush sitting on my counter looking at me and asking when will you use me? Philippe has proven how handy and exact these brushes can be! I love his work and the richness of his image, lovely! Artist x 2 is awesomeness beyond!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Cathe! 😃😃Glad you like it…I really love this one and it looks even better in person. It’s truly awesome to be in a double doodlewash household. You also get to go to the art store every weekend without getting questioned. What more could you want?! Lol 😊

  3. Jodi 2 years ago

    so glad I found you little doodlewashing cuties! You always make me smile!

  4. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Hi Charlie, when you and Philippe have completed your Kansas City doodlewash tour you need to find a location to hang your art. (Maybe Miildreds). Beautiful art today Philippe!

    • Author

      Aww thanks Sharon! I hadn’t really thought about what we’ll do with these. We just sort of keep them in a box since framing isn’t as fun as doodlewashing. 😊 Guess if we did enough we could launch a gallery show of the Double Doodlewash Duo…ohhhh…that makes us sound like superheroes!! Cool! But that would require costumes… okay…yeah…it’s getting complex again. 😳

      • Sharon Mann 2 years ago

        Yes! You need to design super doodlewash hero costumes. Or at least paint them! Happy Day

      • Author

        Haha! Hmmm…maybe one day we will! 😉

  5. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Really nice work and hat’s off to Philippe. Those power lines are impressive. I would have never guesses they were watercolor. Steady hand!

  6. Kari 2 years ago

    It really is a different look when you don’t ink.. Somehow the colors are deeper.. Beautiful sky!

  7. Jacob 2 years ago

    Well, I wish the sky here looked like that! So beautiful. And the red facade is just as naughty as in your own view. Great stuff.

    “…couples that doodlewash together, stay together”. Enviable sloganeer you are. I’m sure you will hear it said frequently before long 😉 though, I’m sure there’s lots of truth in it! It’s a sweet concept and I look forward to more.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jacob!! We had a lot of fun doing this! To do this, I typically have to follow Philippe as he waits for his elusive elegant muse and then paint the alternate version. I’m not sure I have a muse as my urge to sketch is pretty constant. Or maybe I do and she’s just always cranked up on amphetamines.

  8. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    I love this side too. The sky is so real. I’m gonna try going from pencil to watercolor. I usually do pencil, pen then paint. I learn so much from the post on this blog. Yay! Thanks.

    • Author

      Yay! That makes me so happy!! Thanks! 😃Yeah…skipping the pen creates a totally different feel! I actually need to try it more, but I LOVE my pen!! Lol

  9. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Fun once again to see the two views. Philippe has opted for a sense of anticipation. Something is about to happen here…(K.)

  10. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Beautiful painting, love the different perspective and approach of the same subject. Absolutely lovely.

  11. ann christina 2 years ago

    Nice doodlewash!!! Tell Philippe I really like it! 😉 You´re lucky that you have a doodlewashing pair. My pair is – as my dog-child – not really interested in creating with colors… I´m living with philistines. 😉

    • Author

      I will tell him!! He doesn’t really read the blog! Lol 😉 But if it helps, our dog Phineas is still a hold-out so we’re not a full doodlewash house!

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