Today’s prompt is “modern,” and while smartphones came to mind, one of the biggest shifts in modern times actually comes in the form of an e-reader. While phones can still be used by holding them up to your ear and talking, these are books with no pages to turn. Had you told me years ago that I would ever find myself reading anything other than a printed book, I would have said you were crazy. But, yes, I own and use one of these very modern inventions, while my Christmas list is filled with only physical books. I’m simply not ready to part with the amazing tangible experience of reading a traditional book. As technology zooms forward and turns all previously ornate objects into little digital bricks, it only serves to make me love the old-fashioned things even more. That’s why I prefer a sketchbook, pen, and watercolor to drawing on an electronic tablet. There’s something more visceral that I can’t quite justify, but it simply feels right to me. And, for the record, I tried digital painting and I totally sucked at it, so that’s also a big reason for my preference. Yet, today, I love that you can choose anything you like and combine the traditional and digital tools in whatever way works best for you!
I actually did just purchase the new Kindle as mine was over 5 years old and the latest version is a significant improvement. And I do really love it! Mostly because I find myself reading in bed late at night, so having a book that lights up on its own is a rather wonderful thing. And reading on a tablet or phone just hurts my eyes. This new version works so well that I actually had to turn the screen light down a bit to not light the whole room up. Something the snoring duo of Philippe and Phineas wouldn’t appreciate. The only downside is having an entire bookshelf trapped in a single device. This means, with my attention deficit issues, that if a book isn’t grabbing me, rather than give it a bit more time, I’m prone to hop into another one. While I adore that I’m not getting text messages and alerts while reading, it’s still not ideal. I do go back and finish all of the books eventually, but I currently have three that I’m reading simultaneously. Yet, it’s still lovely to read in any way that I can, so that’s really the most important part. Although, I will always have a special place in my heart for printed books and they will always have a very special place on my bookshelf. And, many of you have asked if I’d ever write a book, and that’s been such a beautiful bit of encouragement for me.
I wasn’t able to write a brand new book from scratch yet, but thanks to your wonderful comments, it’s something that I’m starting next! I’ve a little idea that I’m super excited about and it involves a little fiction writing. Something I’ve wanted to try for years, and so I figured that my DO manifesto should certainly apply to this dream as well. In the meantime, I did actually manage to publish a little collection of my favorite stories using my Sketching Stuff podcast as a way to curate and assemble them. I’m going to be announcing it properly next week, but if you read my full posts, you deserve a little insider’s scoop. It’s the size of a novel at 280 pages, has over 180 black and white illustrations (color isn’t an option in a book of this size, but, as it turns out, my doodlewashes look really cool in black and white!), with 25 pages of brand new rambles, and it’s available now on Amazon! (in hardcover, paperback, or that super modern e-book form… well, Kindle with this link, but, it’s also available on other ebook readers as well). Thanks so much for inspiring me on this amazing journey and I hope you’ll share my book with people you know in your life who might want a little creative inspiration and positive thinking. The best part is, you can open it to any page and start reading. In this way, it’s perfectly modern reading!
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, Indigo (my “Vintage” Trio!). 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!
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!