I’m not a fan of crowded places, so although I have some physical stores I like to visit, I prefer to do most of my serious shopping on Amazon.com. Though it does lack the immediate gratification aspect of in-store shopping, the speed at which things arrive is more than acceptable. Also, when a little box with a smile on the side arrives a couple of days later, it’s like opening a present! And in some cases, I have no idea which shipment came first, so it’s actually a complete surprise to see what’s inside. Beyond that, there’s a seemingly infinite range of products just a click away, so really, what’s not to love about that!
Once, when I bought a present for Philippe, I checked the box to have Amazon gift wrap it, since I was running notoriously behind and it would arrive at precisely the moment I was due to give it to him. The doorbell rang early that morning and I made him stay upstairs while I snuck down to check. A giant box was sitting there and so I lugged it inside and ripped it open, expecting to see a beautifully wrapped box inside that package. Instead, there was simply a gigantic blue velour bag, cinched at the top with a large gold ribbon. It looked impossibly ridiculous, like the lost bag of an improbable Jewish Santa Claus. I giggled all the way upstairs and told Philippe that his gift had arrived… and it’s amazing.
I do love the idea of coming home with something immediately, and will sometimes grab a tube of paint at the art supply store to satisfy the urge. However, after many disappointing trips to find that particular color out of stock, I turned to Amazon again. I was indeed surprised that the tiny tube of paint arrived floating around in its ver own large box, but that was my fault for not simply ordering something more off my burgeoning wish list. I keep my wish list updated at all times, for nobody in particular as Philippe doesn’t ever read it. But it’s nice to create a virtual collection of things you’d love to have. Just a click away, coming to you one day, in that overly large signature box with a smile on it.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black 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!