House Swap

Sarah's House

So for today’s part of the tour, the first stop is Plymouth, Devon, UK, at Guest Doodlewasher Sarah Smalldon’s home. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you might remember that Sarah and I drew each other’s dogs awhile back (Cockapoo Challenge), so we thought we’d try each other’s houses next. And it was much more difficult than either of us expected!

Above is my doodlewash of Sarah’s house, well it’s actually the gray one in the middle with the black door, as we both live in row homes. My version is extra wonky and the actual home is not as tilted in real life. I was hoping to do a better job of it since this is my first house portrait, but the idea of sketching someone’s home kind of freaked me out, so I think it shows in the doodlewash.

Doodlewash HomeI’m much more fond of Sarah’s doodlewash, and she’ll be taking over the KC tour today, by showing you our house in Kansas City! But she too, struggled and after the initial sketch, thought it was too dark so didn’t just doodlewash it, she actually washed it and hung it on an olive tree in the garden to dry! (click here if you’d like to see the stages of this piece as it’s super cool!)

I love it, and it definitely looks exactly like our home (which is a semi-attached row home). I’ve mentioned that I live directly next to a cemetery before and she even managed to pop in a couple of the headstones at the right!

Sarah said, “Ok, I have to stop this one now as I keep fiddling with it to try and make it better… which in turn usually makes it look worse ! It’s not the best house I’ve done but I really do think the minute you have in your head ‘this is for someone else’ .. Or ‘this is a commission’ something kicks in and the pressure starts which inhibits the work!” 

I have to agree! But this was super fun anyway! After trying my first portrait which caused the same angst, I definitely understand what she was saying. I don’t know why our minds do things like that to us, but it’s super irritating! 

But that’s why we DO it! Keep challenging ourselves to try new things, even when those things freak us out. Eventually, those fears will subside and we’ll discover that we can do anything we set our minds too. We go back to the paper and grab the brush again and again, and keep on trying, no matter what. Why? Because there’s always this wonderful feeling that keeps us coming back for the next doodlewash. A warm and comfortable feeling that you might even say, feels a bit like coming home.

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131 Comments
  1. annilz 2 years ago

    Hi, I just started a blog, it would be great if you checked it out. Thanks.

    • Author

      How lovely for you! Congrats! But what did you think of this post?

      • annilz 2 years ago

        I honestly liked your post,I’m a huge fan of watercolor art and the artwork looks great.

      • Author

        Thanks! Hehe… your first comment sounded spammy so I wasn’t sure if you were a real person! 😉

  2. Patricia 2 years ago

    This is very interesting to see the progression of the drawing. If only I had that talent and eye!! Lovely.

  3. Your houses tell a story too, love your drawings thanks for sharing

  4. FrancisKarl 2 years ago

    Great artwork! Keep posting! (y)

  5. Lemon 2 years ago

    This is such a great idea, and I love the results. Nice work, Charlie and Sarah!

    • Author

      Thanks Nancy! This was super fun! It was part two of the challenge, the first being each other’s dogs. It’s tough to draw something you know is so important to someone else. Always get scared you’ll screw if up! 😳hehe

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  7. tinyandtoad 2 years ago

    I love your Plymouth pic. We have lived in two houses just like that in Plymouth and I’m having fun imagining where in Plymouth I might have seen Sarah’s house. In my mind’s eye it is just around the corner from where we used to live 😉

    • Author

      Awww that’s cool!! So glad you liked it! I guess it could have been a house you passed many times. Hehe 😉Glad it brought good memories!

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