There’s something fun about exploring all of the details and complexity in objects. Though my doodlewashes are quite fast and loose, I do try to include as much perceived detail as possible. Zoom in and it’s a mess of doodles, but if viewed from afar it gets the point across nicely. Here, we have a pink retro scooter that would be amazingly fun to have, though I’ve never owned one. I rode one once and found them a joy to ride, but also a bit scary, mostly because I’m a huge klutz. I mostly worried I’d become distracted and race into a tree or something. And I also liked the pink ones, even though pink was probably created as a color to appeal to girls. This has been a constant most of my life as I tend to like all of the bright candy colors the most. And having a scooter that looks like you’re riding a big piece of bubble gum sounds perfect to me! What on earth could be better that that? Well, not crashing in a tree a tree, would most likely be even better, but for a bubble gum scooter, I’d risk it!
I’ve always preferred colors that are bright and saturated. For work, I carry a bag that’s a very plain and demure chocolate brown on the outside, but inside, it’s a crazy bright safety orange like you might find on a crossing guard’s vest. It’s a wild and unexpected burst of color that almost glows. This actually makes find things in it rather easy, so it’s also quite functional. Though I wore a dark blue sweater today with lighter blue jeans, my shoes were a deep yellow that’s a perfect cross between a lemon and an orange. I just love bursts of bright color. They make me happy. And even on a very stressful day of work, it’s nice to stare down at your shoes and have a bright sun smiling back at you. Certainly, I was surrounded by candy colors as a teenager in the 80’s, but I truly have Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and The Wizard Of Oz movies to blame before that. A magical world made entirely of candy and a main character also named Charlie set off a love of bright and cheery color that has never dimmed. And watching as Dorothy moves from a world of black and white to glorious color was such an incredible thing to see that I’ve never forgotten that moment!
On a more practical note, using some brighter colors while painting with a limited palette can make things sparkle a bit, so I enjoy that as well. Yeah, sparkles, pink things and unicorns! I adored them all as a kid. I would sometimes be teased that my choices were a bit too gay, but that’s what I grew up to be, and truly, it’s still the least interesting thing about me. So, I go right ahead and enjoy whatever colors I like, despite some preassigned gender that comes with them. The fact that I’m a man is even less interesting. What’s fascinating to me about people are those inner qualities. Personalities that sparkle beneath the surface, the kindness they show to others, and the infinite creativity that each person possesses, whether or not they’ve chosen to exploit it yet. That’s what makes the world brilliant and colorful. And being true to ourselves is always the best way to live, no matter what happens as a side effect. That light red of endearing embarrassment or that blush of a newborn baby are among the best things life has to offer. We don’t really get to choose the type of world that we live in, but if I could, I’ll take one in pink!
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Opus (Vivid Pink), Benzimida Orange, and Indigo. Photo Reference by: Gunnar Creutz. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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