Yeah, I’ve gone almost a full month with nary a flower brought to our #NatureDoodlewash hike so here’s some now. I actually chose this theme to try painting flowers more and then promptly started doodlewashing insects. As much as I love flowers in life, they just confound and confuse me when it comes to sketching them. Perhaps it’s that I’m too much into the details and can’t quite decipher the delicate details of a flower. Perhaps I was beaten with a flower as a child and can’t remember it. No, sorry mom, we know that’s not true. But as we get closer to World Watercolor Month on Friday, I’m transitioning into my goal of being more fearless and trying subjects and eventually styles I typically avoid.
I love seeing the loose painting style of so many wonderful artists who appear on Doodlewash. When I try to paint in that same fashion, it doesn’t look quite right to me. Perhaps, it’s just not my style and that’s perfectly okay or perhaps I need to stop being a big scaredy cat and try it more. Saturday will mark 365 days of daily doodlewashes and so I’ve been thinking a lot about where I’d like to go next. I’m thrilled for July’s celebration because I’m personally using it as a chance to experiment, go back to the beginning and sketch full scenes of places I love, and paint things I’m terrified of painting (like people) and yes, maybe even more flowers. The only thing that will matter is having fun and continuing this wonderful journey.
I started Doodlewash because I fell in love with watercolor. I wanted to create a community of artists who simply loved it as well. I figured we could all learn from each other by sharing our work, in all of its varied approaches. That’s why there have never been any rules to follow here, save the use of watercolor in some way. I was alone when I started, but now I’m surrounded by watercolor lovers from all over the world. On Friday, urban sketchers, plein air artists, studio painters, abstract artists, illustrators, master artists and complete newbies from around the world are going to spend a month painting in watercolor – together. Early on in my enthusiasm, I spoke of a Doodlewash movement and didn’t even know what that meant. Now, a year later, I think I do. And it’s awesome!
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Permanent Green Pale, Sap Green, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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