For today’s prompt of simply “orange,” I grabbed three colors, in the short 15 minutes I had to paint today, and made this little autumn leaf. I love the leaves here this time of year as they blaze against a blue sky, turning shocking colors for a brief and brilliant moment. Sometimes it all seems to happen too quickly, and I don’t get to enjoy it properly. Days can get so busy that stopping for a moment to appreciate the changing nature around you becomes rather difficult. And it’s true, I’ve been feverishly working on exciting new features for Doodlewash lately (a big new feature, just quietly launched today, in fact!). I’m so thrilled with the community that’s formed here and so thankful. On days like this, when it feels like I couldn’t possibly make that bit of time to paint, you all inspire me. No matter what is happening in my busy day, I show up because you DO! You make me want to create and try new things, and for that I’m so happy and grateful. Thanks for all you DO! You’re each amazing!
And if you read this far, then I’ll go ahead and share that awesome new feature that was added just today. Now the DO Shop includes a Watercolor Boutique where featured artists can create their own shops and sell their work as well! Three brave featured artists have agreed to jump in and test this new addition and though it’s not yet linked on the main site, you can visit these shops right now by clicking here! Yeah, why limit our community to just Facebook and Instagram features, when we can add a little bit of Etsy on top! And best of all, a portion of all proceeds in the Watercolor Boutique goes to help our future artists so underprivileged kids can get the art supplies they truly need. It’s always been my sincere hope and passion to help artists promote themselves, while simultaneously providing a little help and hope for the next generation of artists. And to also ensure there actually is a next generation as funding for art classes gets cut each year. This is a crazy BIG dream, to be sure, but I’m thrilled to see bits and pieces of it finally coming true!
So, if you’re a former featured guest artist who would like to open a shop here, please contact me and let me know! And if you’ve not yet been featured, let’s start there. Contact me and let me know that as well! Please note, this site is entirely community-driven, so although I host all these features, we’re really just building them all together. In the end, I truly believe that will make this little place on the internet one of the best places to visit on the planet! I’ve never been a fan of strict rules, as I prefer to let things build themselves organically. Sure, there will be bumps and issues along the way, but that’s all part of the process and fun. Much like watercolor, you just have to allow the colors to flow and let what happens next, simply happen. I DO hope you’ll join me on this next stage of the adventure! We’ve made something amazing together, and it’s just going to get even cooler from here. There’s lots of work to be done yet, to be sure, but as always, there’s still a bit of time to stop and make a quick little autumn leaf.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Da Vinci Red, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!