Truthfully, I considered skipping painting today for the first time in more than a year. I wasn’t in the mood after the shock of the recent election. The new one-sided regime has big plans that could harm my family and others who are not exactly like them. This has been clearly promised and it’s scary to think of what lies ahead. A night spent hoping for a carrot, ended with the stick. But painting daily is part of who I am and I’m not going to let anything keep me from what I love. Nobody should ever let that happen. Not sure if my little doodlewashes can combat all of the hate, but together I’m confident we can spread a message of love and acceptance as we paint the world!
In this turbulent and uncertain time, I’ve chosen to focus on the good things that I can still find in the world. Luckily, I don’t have to look far. Our astounding World Watercolor Group on Facebook now has nearly 23,000 members from all over the globe and is a daily beacon of beauty, hope, and inspiration. Thanks to all of you! We’ve come together, regardless of our countries and religious backgrounds to celebrate a medium that makes us all happy. Choosing to elevate the wonderful things we have in common rather than vilify the differences, we’re a shining example of what’s possible in the world.
I can’t thank you enough for all of your wonderful support! It gives me so much hope and makes it possible to find happiness again. Your comments lift me up and make me smile. Your stories shared alongside mine fill my heart each day. We each couldn’t be more unique, yet there’s always something we can find that unites us. Many people are trying to make sense of the world today, but I think I’m starting to figure things out. As long as there are good people around you, there’s always hope to be found. When I went looking for carrots, I found all of you. And I really couldn’t be happier about that.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Red Orange, Carmine and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with sepia ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
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!