Quick Doodlewashing

Quick Doodlewashes

I discovered yet another little book via Philippe called 10-Minute Watercolours by Hazel Soan. Her work is amazing and so beautifully subtle, with an effortless style and perfect proportions that make you feel as if much more time was spent on the finished product. My work, shown above, doesn’t quite measure up to those standards. But it’s a lovely little book with lots of great tips inside.

I definitely need to practice more and more, and will probably try to sketch a bit more before I grab for the paint brush so I can practice my proportions and perspective. I think I’ve re-read the doodlewash manifesto a hundred times as I continue to try these various techniques. Don’t compare your work Charlie! Chances are good they’ve been doing this a bit longer than the 30 little days you’ve been doodling.

But in the end, I’m getting so much enjoyment from this whole doodlewash thing that I hardly care what comes out next. And the more I practice, the more confident I feel when I reach for the pen or brush the next time. Obsession sounds like a bad word, but I can’t imagine stopping now, nor do I think I could if I tried. And I’ve never been happier! That’s why I hope I can inspire more people to make a doodlewash. Trust me. You’ll be glad you did!

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9 Comments
  1. kirkistan 3 years ago

    Those are terrific! I’ve got to get a copy of that book. Thanks for the recommendation. It seems creating is its own reward.

    • Author

      Just started into it, but it’s really great. Got in on Kindle, not sure if it’s in print still. Paperback version was pretty expensive! 😉

  2. You’re doing great, Charlie! Keep it up! 😀

  3. Laura Hale 3 months ago

    Just in case you read comments on your previous posts—I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your encouraging words. Thank you for leaving these posts active. I can easily identify with these doodles much more than your current skill level. Thank you again for sharing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      I read all my comments and always try to respond, even if I’m a bit late sometimes! 😉 Thank you so much, Laura! 😃💕 I adore these early posts and have to often revisit them. They carry a personality that I always want to recall as my skill improves. Sometimes I paint something now and think… well… yeah, that’s damn accurate! But feel like it’s missing something. These posts always show me what that is.

  4. Laura Hale 3 months ago

    Wow, how do you keep up? You are amazing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks, Laura! 😃💕 hehe.. this was one of my earliest sketches. I still haven’t stopped! lol It’s addictive to paint each and every day!

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