Little Gifts

Day 25 - #WorldWatercolorGroup A Little Gift of Art Supplies Whiskey Painters Standard Palette and Mission Gold Watercolors

Today’s prompt is gift so I figured I would share a couple little gifts I got for Christmas. New art supplies!! Philippe gave me a Whiskey Painters Standard Palette with a few extra half pans, so it now has 12 spots for color. It’s extraordinarily small, which I love, and yet feels sturdy with a bit of weight to it. Along with this, I also received a starter set of nine Mission Gold watercolors, which I’ve listed at the end this post. Rather than make swatches, as one probably should, in my typical fashion I just jumped right in and started using them. All nine were used to make this doodlewash of the very palette I used to paint it with. The colors are intense and I’m not quite used to using them, but it was a fun little experiment to try while Philippe is upstairs playing the video game I bought him. Getting gifts is so much fun, but spending the day attempting to play with all of them is even more fun!

Despite painting daily for 540 days now, I’ve not been particularly adventurous with art supplies. Choosing instead, to just stick with whatever I have on hand. If you’re interested in learning more about Mission Gold watercolors, do check out Jessica Seascrest’s wonderful review of them or her review of metal travel palettes. But, these were absolutely wonderful gifts to receive and I had fun playing with them. As the evening approaches, I’m finding myself a little exhausted, most likely due to all of my overly exuberant childlike enthusiasm for all things Christmas. My inner child was on full blast and it kind of wore me out. But it’s been a splendid time and I hope that all of you who celebrate today have had a perfectly magical day doing something really fun!

Tonight, we’ll be eating light as we are still stuffed from last evening’s feast. It also included a bit of experimentation in that we tried Wild Scottish pheasant for the first time and quite possibly the last. It was too weird. But trying new things is always a blast, and we like to mix something new in with our little traditions each year. And sitting once again in the sparkling lights of the season, I’m just incredibly happy. Thanks so much to each of you out there who look at my daily doodlewashes and read my little ramblings. I appreciate it more than words can say. Each comment and like lets me know that I’m not alone in this and are the little gifts that give me the encouragement to keep going. And for all of you celebrating this day as well, I sincerely wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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About the Doodlewash

Mission Gold Watercolors: Permanent Yellow Light, Yellow Orange, Permanent Red, Permanent Rose, Rose Madder, Viridian, Peacock Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Vandyke Brown. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 25 - #WorldWatercolorGroup A Little Gift of Art Supplies Whiskey Painters Standard Palette and Mission Gold Watercolors
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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. 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!
23 Comments
  1. Jill Kuhn 5 months ago

    Looks like you got the perfect gift, Charlie!! 🎨👍 🎁💕 I had so fun ripping into my gifts! 😃 And having the day to “play” with them is so fun!! My hubby and I got each other a Traeger BBQ smoker so we are cooking a Prime Rib roast today…Cheers for Christmas, Charlie!! ❤️🎄💚

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jill!! 😃💕🎄Oooooo cool! Sounds like you guys got the best gift ever!! Yum!!! Hope the Prime Rib was as amazing as it sounds!! 🍴😃

      • Jill Kuhn 5 months ago

        Yes, it was the best prime rib we ever had eaten!! 😄✨😋👍

  2. creatingincolors 5 months ago

    What a joy to have you share your Christmas with us! What special gifts! May the miracle of the season stay in our hearts.

  3. cindy knoke 5 months ago

    🎄❄️🌟🎄❄️🌟

  4. Laura (PA Pict) 5 months ago

    Merry Christmas, Charlie and Philippe!

  5. Cathy 5 months ago

    I love your sketches and your stories! Thanks for posting them!

  6. Fantastic gift….sketch. Perfect. Happy Christmas to you and Phillipe, not forgetting phineas 😀

  7. Margriet Bierens 5 months ago

    Little in format but great in use and your painted way Charlie. Immediatly I want to go to my studio and start a new aquarel but it’s Christmas and we take together some relaxing hours first.

    • Author

      Hehe…yes…time with others first, but then… we sneak away!! 😉Thanks so much, Margriet! Hope you enjoyed your relaxing hours together! 💕😃

  8. snigdhadotcom 5 months ago

    Hello charlie hope you had a perfect christmas.❄🌲🎅🎅

  9. hmunro 5 months ago

    Here’s to new adventures, Charlie — from wild Scottish pheasant to new colors. Merry (belated) Christmas to you and Philippe!

  10. Glen 5 months ago

    Charlie, I’ve certainly enjoyed the December Adventure and your ramblings. I’m not entirely sure the reindeer I painted could fly….but what heck! All the best to you and yours for a colorful and peaceful 2017.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Glen!! 😃Oh I’m sure your reindeer could fly!! Hehe Here’s to a wonderful year of painting in 2017!!

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    Lovely painting with your new paints and palette – may you have many wonderful new adventures painting with them.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been fun playing with them. hehe… art supplies are often the best toys ever!

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