It’s hard to believe we’ve come to the end of another month and the end of yet another Doodlewash Adventure. I purposely made the last prompt a favorite place to relax, because I figured if you made it this far, you’ve earned a little rest. My favorite place to relax is at home, perhaps with this mug of hot chocolate and my favorite of all desserts, homemade whipped cream, but also with something even more important to me, my sketchbook. Actually, my favorite place to relax is inside my sketchbook, which you see here. I was rushed and running late today and yet, when I sat down to quickly sketch, everything faded away for the precious little 40 minutes I had to sketch and paint this. I was recharged. Sometimes, I’ll sketch for 10 minutes on a lunch break just to unwind during the day. No matter what I’ve been facing, when I face that wonderful blank page, everything falls to the background and I’m at peace for a lovely moment.
So painting and sketching have become my favorite place to relax. Sitting at the end of my kitchen counter, which is where I’m at now as I rapidly type this, I’m content. The chair I’m sitting on is rather hard though, and built more for aesthetics than for comfort. That’s partially because I don’t have much cushion on my backside, but that’s another story entirely. And it’s all just proof that the ultimate comfort, for me, is resting my mind. I typically think of thousands of things at once and I’m in a constant mental motion. To sit and study an object for a moment relaxes my mind and helps me unwind and disconnect from all of those thoughts. There’s just me, my sketchbook and something in front of me. And the three of us are in harmony and only connected to each other in that blissful moment.
This is my 425th consecutive day of sketching and painting, and it’s become a ritual that has enriched my life in more ways than I can imagine. On the days I think I can’t possibly squeeze in time for painting and it sort of stresses me out just thinking about it, I know now, that’s exactly what I need to do next. It’s the painting itself that will fix everything I’ve been facing during the day. I need this time, in those times, more than ever. I consider it a treat to take that little bit of time to make something new. A wonderful treat, almost as good as hot chocolate with whipped cream. Okay, maybe even better.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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!