Dogs are probably my favorite of all animals, but it’s really hard to choose because I love each and every animal so much. As an added challenge, I decided to use only 2 colors for this doodlewash: Burnt Sienna & Ultramarine Blue. Actually, I particulary love animal babies of all varieties. I’m immediately smitten when I see a tiny little baby animal, whether it’s a puppy or a rhinocerous. I don’t, however, have the same reaction to human babies which drives my mother crazy. Apparently, I’m supposed to erupt in a rush of sugary joy and excitement when confronted with a tiny toddler. This never happens. I just sort of smile and nod. Tiny humans don’t have the same immediate appeal to me as tiny animals. Perhaps this is why I’ve always have a dog by my side, while completely forgetting to ever have children.
Baby animals are adorable and an upgrade from baby children in that they can’t speak. Just kidding, they can, but you’re not expected to understand them which makes the communication go much smoother. I love smelling the top of a puppy’s head and yet don’t feel the same paternal instinct when smelling the head of a human baby. I’ve attempted to explain this to my mother who just looks back at me horrified as though I’d just told her I was dying of some horrible disease. I’ve always been a bit different, but I think she was hoping I’d be normal in at least one way and deliver a grandchild that didn’t pee outdoors and walk on four legs its whole life.
But that’s the great thing about life and art. We don’t have to follow in other people’s footsteps if that’s not what moves us. So, I’ll happily enjoy just looking at baby animals and feel comfortable in my reality. Even though I may be disappointing my mother, I’m being true to myself and in the end that’s all that really matters. We are uniquely who we are and that’s what makes us each so beautiful. If everyone did the same things in life, that would be terribly boring. Some of us are meant to go gaga for baby humans and others find that same satisfaction in the eyes of helpless little puppy. And it’s all good. No matter what we love most, it’s a beautiful thing when some little creature who needs us gets the love they need each day.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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