As an adult, I sometimes feel like I’m stuck indoors when it rains, but as a kid, it was a perfect time to be outdoors. The main event was watching the water rush down the gutters in the street, carrying all sort of interesting debris with it. We’d drop a leaf and watch is rush away, but sometimes that simply wasn’t enough. If you wanted to have a proper water race, it was clear that having a proper little boat would make it so much better. So, we have a super quick little doodlewash of one for today. With some bits of wood, dowel rods, and fabric it was pretty easy to fashion a little boat of some kind. Granted, they often looked less like sailboats and more like the debris that we’d just been chasing, but that never mattered. It was a grand experience to sail your own ship down the street, attaching a line like a kite so you didn’t lose it or so you could pull it along if the current ever slowed. Yeah, it was just a gutter in the street, but we could always transform it into something magical.
It was an extremely busy day today, and I barely had any time to paint. But I figured a boat quickly fashioned out of whatever splashes of paint I could muster would be much like the boats I built as a kid. I wasn’t particularly patient back then either and I would enthusiastically jump in and rush to the finish line. I just wanted a boat that floated down the stream so I could chase it. I wasn’t trying to build a masterpiece, I was just trying to have a bit of fun. When it comes to painting, I think I need to always remind myself to focus on the pure enjoyment. After nearly two years of daily painting, I find myself wanting to top myself, but then I resort to things I know I’m used to painting. So, today, I ventured off into parts unknown for this little splash of paint. I figure if I keep writing about that little boy who used to try anything and everything I should probably start acting a bit more like him.
We are now less than 2 weeks away from the start of the next World Watercolor Month and I’m so excited! I plan to play and try new things and I hope every watercolor artist reading this will be joining me. July is a month that’s made for us. A chance to push ourselves to make something daily and to experiment and play. A full month where we have permission to post whatever happened that day. Every little splash of paint, whether or not it landed in the spot we intended, is a beautiful contribution to the world. That’s the spirit of the month that I hope everyone will continue to celebrate. If you’re just thinking of trying watercolor, then I say, DO it! Jump in and paint the world with us and create what your heart tells you. Above all, July is a chance to be a kid again. To grab some art supplies and have a bit of fun. I, for one, will be happily splashing paint and doing whatever fun thing I feel like trying next. I may not always make something amazing, but it will be every bit as fun as those rainy days long ago, when I was racing sailboats in the gutter.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Rose, Azo Orange, Azo Green, Permanent Green Pale, and Ultramarine Blue. Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.