Today we celebrate National Arbor Day, which is a day all about trees. For something a little different, I decided to doodlewash a little tree frog on a tree branch, to spotlight the importance of trees to the creatures with whom we share our planet. The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972, to “inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” This day is celebrated on the last Friday in April in the United States, though many states observe it at different times during the year, based on the best tree planting times in the area.
When I was a little kid I remember planting a tree in the backyard for Arbor Day and it was so cool to see that tree all grown up by the time I was in high school. At the time I wasn’t thinking about the sheer importance of trees on our little planet, nor did I have a real understanding of what the Arbor Day Foundation was all about. This little American tradition is actually part of a global initiative by the Foundation. For example, their Rain Forest Rescue® program is making important strides by supporting local partners and communities in their efforts to protect, sustain and restore tropical rain forests.
I mention all this, as I live in the city and can’t actually plant a tree, and thought perhaps others might be in the same place. If you’re lacking a yard and would like an alternate way to celebrate this day, I found a really cool way to do just that. By clicking here you can donate to the Rain Forest Rescue program and for every $10 you contribute, the Arbor Day Foundation will save a 2,500 square foot area (232 square meters) of rain forest in your name. Pretty cool and all for less than a couple Starbuck’s Grande Caffè Lattes! Today’s the day for all of us to celebrate in whatever way we can! So try something! You’re guaranteed to be as happy as a little frog in a tree if you do!
Still ONE DAY LEFT to join me in April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pens with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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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!