When thinking of our prompt for today, the first thing that admittedly came to mind was the group Red Hot Chili Peppers, but since I don’t sketch people, we just ended up with chili peppers instead. This is probably more timely, since Philippe just received his tortilla press in the mail so we’ll be having tacos this weekend with homemade corn tortillas. It was only a few days ago when he declared that he would never buy another store-bought tortilla. This was due to taking a Mexican cooking class during a work team building outing. It was also during this outing that he discovered a taste for margaritas. Also, of course, made from scratch with no pre-made mixes. I’m rather looking forward to see what he creates in both cases. For lunch today, I had hot peppers in my dish of Thai noodles, but I’m a bit of wimp and only ordered it at “medium” and not the ultimate “Thai hot” which sounds like it could start an actual fire. Though, I definitely DO like spicy food in general, and I think it’s always good to add a bit of spice to life in general as well. A little something to mix things up a bit at times and push ourselves out of our comfort zone.

One of my “comfort zone” things like this is that I tend to avoid using a more pure red like I’ve featured here. I generally like something with a bit more of an orangey shade or a rusty red. I almost doodlewashed a red squirrel instead, but thought I’d give real red a go in honor of the challenge, provided this month by our very own community member, Sandra Strait! I’ve sketched peppers before, but I felt the ones today turned out a bit redder and shinier than in the past and was pleased with the result. Better yet, they were created in just under 35 minutes, which is all the time I had today. I was worried when I began to paint them as to how I would keep all of that shine without using masking fluid. Then I had to giggle. When Philippe and I made a cookbook last year, I would always joke with him when he was wondering about a recipe saying, “there’s a cool book that can help you with that!” As it turns out, this joke is now on me as my own Sketching Stuff Activity Book told me exactly how I could pull this off in just a short amount of time. Perhaps, after all of these years, it was a rather good thing that I managed to write some of these tips down!

I do know my own style of painting dark to light and generally just coloring like a kid is a bit different than the norm when it comes to watercolor. I’m not proposing it replace anything at all, but I really think that it can help anyone who is facing a blank sketchbook page and just wants to make something quickly and be happy with it. There will be plenty of time for that masterpiece when you have plenty of time again. But, don’t wait for that time. Just make something and enjoy the thrill of creating! Trust me, I have a masterpiece burning deep in my soul that will one day appear, but with only a precious few minutes a day, I’m still just practicing for that big moment. And I think the best practice is to simply show up and make anything at all. It doesn’t have to be grand in any way, as each little thing we create connects with the next and the next after that. We learn a little something each time and it adds to that wonderful tapestry of knowledge we’re building in tandem with each little thing we produce. It’s a beautiful dance of creativity. Some days, things might not work out as planned, but that’s all just part of the journey to that day when we finally get to make something red hot.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Vermilion, Leaf Green, and Cobalt Turquoise. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black 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!
Day 2 - Red Hot Chili Peppers Illustration - Doodlewash

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14 thoughts on “Red Hot

  1. I don’t deal well with alcohol these days. I don’t miss it much except for good margaritas so I envy you this weekend. Your way of painting is definitely faster than mine, so don’t be surprised if my art starts looking even more like yours when I’m trying to get mine done in a hurry! Thanks for the shout-out!

    1. hehe! Yeah, these days, I just have my little glass of wine. It’s kept Italian folk alive for years, so I figure it’s okay. But haven’t had a margarita is YEARS! So.. I figure one won’t hurt me! lol And my pleasure, thanks for the awesome prompts!! 😃💕I did manage to sneak your name into the prompt card this month as I think it’s awesome! Love the community we’ve built here! And yeah, that’s what happens when you finally reveal your secrets… hehe… but, there will always be that wonderful difference… the one our own unique hand creates!

  2. Charlie says, “Trust me, I have a masterpiece burning deep in my soul that will one day appear, ”

    Seems you don’t realize that your every painting and article are paired masterpieces. You teach people how to share their ‘soul sparkles’ and you create a haven, a soft spot to land
    after a hard day. My writing has grown since I found DOodlewash, because it taught me
    about freedom and it taught me to DO. I savor this gentle spot in the universe. Thank you!!

    1. You just made my day, Sarah! 😃💕Again! Thank you so much my friend! I’m so thrilled you’ve been inspired by what you find on Doodlewash. And well, sure, there’s lots to discover here, so I’m honored and happy you’ve been inspired by what I contribute!

  3. I like your peppers! I’m a spicy gal myself. I’m quite jealous that Philippe got to take a cooking class for work! But, since you guys will now be eating a lot of Mexican food, I’m going to do my best to remember to type up my Mexican slaw recipe that we put on pork tacos. I made it for Easter and it was a big hit. You can pass it on to your chief cook and hopefully it will pass his test for taste, and health. And now you have me hankering for my own tortilla press. Hmmm!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 You are a totally spicy gal and that’s of course why we’re friends! hehe Life would be terribly dull if not for a bit of spice! And yes, I think you need your own tortilla press! hehe… of course, Philippe has yet to use his, but I’m imagining something quite grand!

  4. I like the feeling of accomplishing “something” in my sketchbook. When I got back into it about 8 years ago, I remember spending hours on a sketch. Not anymore! Years of practice has definitely helped and I am glad I found you to keep me going. Now, time to sketch!! Love your red hot chili peppers!

    1. Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 yay… yes, please, get back to sketching!! hehe Truly, I look at a sketchbook as I do anything I might teach. I referred to my own workshop during Sketchbook Revival as recess because I think a sketchbook is our playground. It’s too small and confined to ever be bothered with the worry of creating a masterpiece. That’s what sheets of fine art paper are for. But, that playtime is everything when it comes to advancing our art!

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