Well, it’s been quite a week with lots of exciting changes and tons of ups and downs. When that happens, those who’ve been following me for a bit of time, know there’s only one thing that can happen next. A doodlewash dessert! So, for our prompt of “spongy” today we have a bit of strawberry cake. In reality, as most of you also know, these desserts are simply fantasies. But tonight, I’m actually getting a bit of dessert of a different variety. Philippe was feeling inspired and happy now that it’s the start of the weekend and made tiny cherry pies. They weren’t quite ready in time to paint, so they may be a future doodlewashed dessert instead. For now, they’re just sitting there telling me to get on with this post already and take a moment to enjoy them properly. But first, a few little updates for those who follow this blog…
Some of you may have noticed changes to the menu on this site beyond the many design changes that have occurred this week. So, what’s all the fuss been about? Well, since Doodlewash is and has always been about creating community, I got the wild idea that it might be incredibly cool to bring the community back to Doodlewash! It’s all still VERY experimental at this point while I figure out what I’m doing, but if any of you are feeling a bit adventurous, you can now log in to Doodlewash by registering with the site or using your Facebook login. From there, you can change your profile cover (top left corner), much like Facebook, and even click on Media to upload and share your paintings. There will also be Forums that people can use to share tips on watercolor and other things as we all think of them together. And, of course, Groups, starting of course with World Watercolor Group right here on this site where people, no matter what social network they prefer, can share art, like, comment and meet new friends.
There will be a new Community link coming in the main nav once this officially launches with appropriate links to all the new sections, but if you’d like to register now and set up your profile, you can start playing around with things as we all figure this out together. You can even try uploading art to your own personal Media Gallery. The one bug still remaining is that my blog posts are no longer showing up in the WordPress Reader, but instead, the site activity has been appearing. A side effect that means many of my WordPress friends may not see this post in the usual fashion. Engineers, who are smarter than I am, are currently trying to figure out why this is happening, but no solutions have come yet. This is simply a side effect when you can’t just leave well enough alone and insist on pursuing your big crazy dreams. I’m confident that it will all get sorted out, but in the mean time, just rather excited about all the possibilities ahead. Great things are definitely coming, but for now, yes, it’s all a bit spongy.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!