As many of you know by now, I’m not really a travel sketcher in that I don’t travel particularly often, so that’s most of it. When I first started painting, I got a little travel set imaging all of the places I would like to take it. Then I found out that while I love sketching outdoors, I prefer painting in the quiet and comfort of an interior space. Yet, having an entire studio that takes no space at all is still why I love watercolor most! I don’t need a studio palette, because I don’t have a studio, and still paint on the edge of my kitchen counter each day. And, since it’s a dual purpose space, being able to collapse it all down and set it aside easily is a dream. And when I don’t travel physically, my mind is still always taking me on journeys while I paint. If you enjoy those mental journeys that I post about, and haven’t yet, please check out my new podcast called Sketching Stuff (episode #4 launched this week!). Would love to hear your stories and feedback as well, so comments are most welcome! I’ve gone a million new places thanks to my little palette, so I guess you could say it is a travel palette after all!
I actually went back in time for today’s doodlewash and restored my palette to when it first arrived. It’s a Cheap Joe’s palette and there were only 12 wells in it, which I quickly modded to create 18. At the time, I thought I needed a few more colors, but today, I rarely use more than 9 colors on a regular basis, preferring to mix my own colors on paper instead. Though for this doodlewash, I used all 12 main colors in my current palette which are listed in the About The Doodlewash section below. By way, Joe is offering readers of Doodlewash a special limited time discount:
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If you’re interested, you can find the palette I sketched today by clicking here! Getting new art supplies is always such a treat, and yeah, even talking about them is enabling what can often become an addiction. But it’s such a fun one! New things in general are awesome, like a new pair of shoes worn for the first time, but everything pales in comparison to getting new art supplies. For me, it’s like that fresh box of crayons or tub of Play-Doh when I was a kid. I was thrilled then and get the same level of giddiness today!
It’s not really the supplies themselves that thrill me. It’s that feeling of staring directly at a thousand possibilities at once. It transports me to that glorious “what if list” that I always like to make in my mind, ideas spinning and rumbling around, filling me with electricity. Like unwrapping a new sketchbook and thinking about all of the wonderful things that are going to appear there. Or, yeah, some of the not-what-I-really-expected things, but each little sketch is simply another step in the process. I’m thrilled to be on this art journey and even more thrilled that so many of you are journeying right along with me! Together, we can inspire each other to keep right on painting and sketching each and every day. Especially on those days where it seems impossible to do so. It’s not always easy to show up each day and make art, but doing so is such an important part of improving and strengthening our skills. I’m on day, 1,140, so that should be living proof that you can indeed create a daily sketching and painting habit. And, sure, much of the credit goes to the support from my fellow artists combined with the simplicity in the way I approach my work. To this day, I’m still doodlewashing with a happy blend of giddy determination, bits of blind hope, and my little kitchen travel palette.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin (Mixture), Vermilion, Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, Nickel Azo Yellow, Opus (Vivid Pink), Yellow Ochre, Benzimida Orange, Terra Cotta, Indigo. 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!
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