For our prompt of “Star” today, I sketched a little bear putting a star on a Christmas tree. Philippe and I put up all of our decorations the day after Thanksgiving. It’s always a bit more work than we remember it being, but it’s entirely worth the effort. This is also our pup Elliott’s first Christmas, and so we had to improvise a bit with creative barriers, so he doesn’t disrupt things. To him, it’s just a wonderful stack of sticks, inside the house, so cool! Though, in the evening when he’s finally settled down, he does seem to enjoy the twinkling glow of lights, which have the fabulous side effect of putting him right to sleep. I adore this time of year the most, and have to admit that I can also get a little droopy-eyed when immersed in the sparkling, quiet calm of the season. It’s a beautiful time of year to relax and connect with friends and family. My Inner Child gets super excited, and I’m always filled with a renewed sense of happiness and hope!
I’ve had a very enjoyable year to date, with lots of exciting things happening along the way. By the way, one of those exciting things was a collaboration with Da Vinci Paint Co. and the launch of my Sketching Stuff™ Coloring Set, which includes my special new-to-world color called Charlie O’Blue. I mention it because I used all 12 colors in the set to create this little sketch! As a kid, I would often end up using all of the colors in my box of crayons as playing with color is so much fun. Mostly, I only use a selection of my 12 available colors for my paintings, but it’s extra fun to use them all as they work wonderfully together. And, doing so really does make me feel like a kid again. This time of year gives me even a bit more permission to let my Inner Child play and invent wondrous things from my imagination. For example, I’m imagining gifts under a Christmas tree since Philippe doesn’t let me place them until right before they are opened. I think having them there is part of the exciting anticipation, but he claims that it’s simply spoiling the surprise.
After we finished putting up our decorations and were sitting in our sea of twinkling lights, Philippe and I looked at me and said, “We’re really good at Christmas!” I didn’t have the heart to remind him that it’s the only holiday where we actually put up decorations. Since we have all year to rest up and prepare, it really should be rather stunning. We sometimes take photos and send them to family, but they don’t really capture the true feeling. In many ways, I think that’s what makes this season so extraordinary. There’s never a brighter or more sparkling light than the warm feeling that we carry in our hearts. It’s a feeling that I find difficult to describe. For a singular moment, I feel like I’ve traveled inside a snow globe to some magical place, devoid of stress or looming deadlines. In that space, I’m able to recharge in a way that often eludes me during the rest of the year. So, I’m definitely ready to enjoy each and every glittering night as my favorite season returns, always making spirits bright!
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre, Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus Vivid Pink, Quinacridone Red, Vermilion, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, Ultramarine (Green Shade), and Indigo. ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note and I’ll add it to my shop!