We’ve reached the beginning of not only a brand new month, but a whole new year and the beginning of a new Doodlewash adventure! This month we’re celebrating all the fun things in life that we’ve enjoyed since we were kids. I always like kicking off the year while holding on just a bit longer to that magical feeling of wonder that comes during the holidays. So, I thought what better way to illustrate that child inside than this little sketch of a wallaby and her joey. Okay, so yeah, I know this is quite literally a child inside, and I’m still not sure how they manage to do that, but it’s a good reminder that we too at least have a little mental passenger with us at all times. I’ve learned that if you ever get stumped as to what to create, it’s always best to simply ask that kid in your mind what to do next. My inner child always has a fun idea waiting for me and all I ever need do is ask him. So, this month, it’s time to relax and play and see what creative ideas we can come up with to sketch and paint. Just a reminder that if you’re following our prompts for the month, they are simply there to spark ideas. Let your mind wander and whatever that inner child tells you to make, go ahead and make it!
My primary goal this year for my own sketching and painting will be to continue to try new things. That’s about it, really, which doesn’t sound like much of a goal at all, but it’s more challenging than it seems. (Also, Episode 14 of my Sketching Stuff podcast just launched today and it’s all about goals and dreams. Please check it out when you can and leave me a comment!) It’s pretty easy to get into a bit of a rut, so I’m going to try to push myself to try a few new things as I go along. That said, I’ll be traveling much of this month to Paris so the first real challenge will simply be to find a bit of time to sneak in a post. But, I always manage to make it happen. This tenacious ability to always show up with a sketch is something I owe entirely to Little Charlie. He was insatiable and never grew tired of chasing dreams and trying new things. I’m ever thankful he’s always with me to reprimand that tired old adult who would ever have the audacity to suggest I might simply skip a day of doing what I enjoy most. Why on earth would I ever do that? That’s just plain silly talk!
I’m always excited to start a brand new year and I get giddy with all of the possibilities ahead. It’s funny that the changing of a calendar year could instill such a feeling of newness. In so many ways, it’s simply another month and each month always comes after the next in the same predictable fashion. But, thanks to the notion of a calendar year, we have a wonderful opportunity to reset the clock, so to speak, and start fresh. Although it’s all really just a mental exercise, it’s a lovely one. It’s nice to pause and think about life and what we really want to happen next in it. A little break from those tried and trusted routines to think a little bigger and bolder. For my part, this year, I’m also going to be chasing another big dream of mine and working another book, but unlike my recent book, this one will be a work of fiction. It’s going to be a stretch to do so in the midst of everything else I’m already DOing, but that’s the fun of making big goals. There’s nothing better in the world than taking the opportunity to surprise myself with what I can indeed accomplish when I truly set my mind to it. And, I’m perfectly thrilled to get started, inner child at the ready, to see just what will happen next as we usher in another wondrous year of new beginnings.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. 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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