Today is the first day of a brand new Doodlewash Adventure as we explore all of the fun bits of autumn! I’ll be sticking with watercolor and ink, but as always, your pen and ink sketches are totally welcome and you can always choose to follow my prompts or simply make whatever you like! So, if you’re participating in #Inktober2018 then all you need do is also add the hashtag #doodlewashOctober2018 when you post and you can effectively conquer two challenges at the very same time! Cool, huh? I thought about using a bit more ink in honor of Inktober, or going with an ink only sketch here and there, but I just love color too much and, for me anyway, that comes from a bit of watercolor wash. All through college I only really enjoyed drawing, but today, I can’t possible leave a sketch alone without splashing some watercolor on it. And I couldn’t be happier! Just like I couldn’t be happier that it’s autumn here again. I can’t wait to visit a farmer’s market or, better yet, an apple orchard like I did when I was a kid. Though apples are certainly delightful as they come, I’m equally thrilled about the apple pies Philippe makes this time of year.
When we were at Trader Joe’s this past weekend, Philippe bought a gigantic bag of apples saying that he was going to make a pie. A day later, when no pie had appeared, the little kid in me couldn’t take it anymore. But the adult in me has much more couth, so I simply started hinting at the issue. Moving something on the edge of the table where the prize was sitting and casually saying, “Oh wow! I totally forgot you bought all of those apples!” When this failed to trigger the proper reaction, I moved on to what I hoped were more explicit suggestions, but still no pie was appearing. I finally broke down and just begged. I’ve no pride at all when it comes to dessert and no shame at all for admitting that fact. So last night he unveiled, not a pie, but his newly imagined apple crumble and tonight, I’ll be having another happy scoop. It’s truly amazing and worth every bit of begging it took to make it appear. It’s funny that he always manages to take what I thought were my childhood favorites and improve upon them. This crumble was insanely good, and made from a third of the sugar and butter one might typically find there. He’s truly a culinary magician.
While I’m quickly sketching whatever appears here, Philippe is making dinner. I love this ritual because it’s like we’re sharing an art studio, while working in completely different mediums. But as he thinks out loud and makes he choices for the night, I learn a lot along the way. With so many choices when it comes to my daily sketches, I can often feel a bit overwhelmed. Sometimes, I have an idea that’s burning in my soul for a post, so I know exactly what I need to illustrate for it. Other times, I’m rushed and glancing at the prompt just as the work day ends, with absolutely no idea in mind. And though I would love to be that someone who always has the most clever idea to display, sometimes, like today, I’ll just end up with a basket of fruit. I’ve realized during the course of my sketching journey that it simply doesn’t matter what we create. What matters most is that we simply show up each and every day to create it. Those clever ideas will surely appear, but in the meantime, there’s gold to be found in just showing up and picking apples.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and 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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