So I’ve never tried to draw a true selfie before, but figured since it was both DNA Day as well as my pal Teresa Robeson’s #SelfieArt day, I’d finally give it a try. Not sure if this really resembles me or anyone who shares bits of my DNA, but I decided to face my fears and go for it. Human faces are so incredibly difficult to do and I accidentally gave myself an unintentional nose job when inking my initial quick sketch. One little line out of place and suddenly it’s an entirely different person or something that resembles a monkey. In the end, I’d rather just draw the monkey, I think, but it was fun to challenge myself with something different. And this does rather resemble me, so hopefully it doesn’t look too much like a monkey.
As for DNA Day, it’s a day to learn all about genetics and genomics. Outside of the Hollywood elite and probably them as well, I’ll bet everyone has had a moment when they wished they’d been blessed with a better set of genes. But since everything we feel about ourselves is just made up in our heads, the good news is, we can decide to feel whatever way we want! Years ago, my friend had just finished her third glass of wine and was feeling particularly good in her new spring dress. She slowly started spinning side to side in it and then happily proclaimed, “I look damn good today! This dress doesn’t know I’m fat!”
The cool part about DNA is knowing, for all practical purposes, its unique in each of us. There’s nobody else in the world exactly like you or me and that makes us each delightfully uncommon. So, today is the day to love your DNA and embrace it! Warts and all! We’re all awesome in that special way that’s different than anyone else and that’s indeed a day worth celebrating. Though I have to admit as I drink this glass of wine, this shirt does actually know I’m fat. But hey, today? I’m cool with it.
Join me any and all days you like during 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: Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Blue, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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