When I first starting blogging just over three years ago, I never thought I’d still be writing each and every day. I initially started my blog on Doodlewash simply to inspire myself to keep sketching and painting. What happened next was truly unexpected, even to me. Each little thing that appeared on paper triggered memories that I then began to share in the form of what many of you now recognize as my daily rambles. I once tried writing by hand in a physical journal during an entire trip to Italy. It was a fun experience, but my handwriting is so ridiculously poor, childish, impulsive, and unintelligible that I could barely read what I had written after that. I quickly transcribed every word into a digital journal, while I could still make out the memories, and kept up with that for another couple of years before abandoning it entirely. Yet, today, I’ve been keeping a personal daily journal for over three years so that’s quite a record! Well, personal in content, but there’s no lock on my journal. It even goes out in email to those who subscribe. And while I realize a live “stream of consciousness” journal is not what one typically finds on a “modern” blog much these days, it’s still what you’ll always find in my posts. If you happen to enjoy my stories, please check out my new podcast by heading over to sketchingstuff.com (Episode #3 just appeared this week! So please leave a comment and share your own thoughts and stories!)
What I’ve found interesting about blogging, or a least, my horribly unstructured approach to it, is that I don’t really edit anything I write at all. I literally type like I’m writing in a handwritten journal, though, thankfully, due to modern technology, you and I both can actually read what the heck I’ve written. I find that miraculous! And if you’re curious, no, the currently unpublished trip to Italy would have appeared here in full had I been blogging at the time. I don’t have any thoughts to hide. I’m not sure they’re all worthy of publication, but though I’m a shy person in real life, I’m not at all shy about sharing my musings on life. If you happen to wander over to me at a party, where I’ll be the one cowering in the corner, our conversation would be roughly like these posts. Yeah, a bit rambling, if not a touch crazy, but always honest, true, and exactly what I’m thinking in the moment. If nothing else, I think live journaling has made me even truer in my writing. I don’t write about things that are sensational or horribly provocative, because I honestly don’t find anything truly important in life to be like that. The important bits of life are more often pleasantly mundane and just maybe a bit thought-provoking. So, that’s what you’ll always find in my stories.
I’ve seen many artists who share gloriously well-lettered and illustrated journal pages and I’m always impressed and astounded! You are my heroes and I salute you! I only wish I could make letters that looked that beautiful, but mine just look scribbled and like someone who’s had too much absinthe. Rather than attempt to be exactly like those people I admire so much, though, I forged my own version in these illustrations and hand-typed stories that you’re reading right now. As I’m constantly cheerleading each of you on to “DO!”, I honestly can’t stress enough to remember to always “DO” what works best for you. If you find you don’t quite fit in perfectly to the other art communities, then feel free to come hang out with us here Doodlewash. Here you are applauded for simply being yourself and loving to paint with watercolor and drawing what moves you. Yeah, it’s painfully simple… no rules and no expectations. Just a celebration of art in whatever way it appears, as together each day, we find ourselves happily making a journal of life.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Benzimida Orange, Terra Cotta, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. 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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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!