One of the fun parts of these daily doodlewashes is that while the prompts can help me figure out what to paint, I never have a clue what I’m going to write in response to whatever happens next. Since today’s prompt is pears, I guess I’m meant to reflect on fruit. It’s the end of an extremely busy week and I’ve really no idea what comes to mind when thinking of pears other than that they’re delicious and I adore them. But only when they’re perfectly ripe and can be eaten in a way that barely requires any chewing at all. That’s when they’re perfection in both texture and taste. I’m actually no expert on pears, but that’s the way that I prefer them, at least. Weirdly, I’ve always struggled with painting pears, and this one seemed a bit more successful. Philippe actually said he liked it and described it as a punk Anna Mason. The punk part is because mine was made in 45 minutes and not given any of the time and attention to detail that Anna’s amazing works are given. One day, when I have the time, I’d love to try that style! So awesome! But today, I’m satisfied with just being a watercolor punk.
I’m truly not a punk or a rabble-rouser when it comes to art or anything else at all. I’m not really attempting to buck the system so much as trying to find my place in it all. And to help others find their place as well. I often talk about rules and how I don’t like them, but it’s mostly because I feel like most of those rules simply weren’t written with me in mind. This isn’t surprising, really, as I’m not remotely famous, just a guy with a blog who adores watercolor. There’s no way they could have known about me when they decided that things should be this way and not that way. Those people who decide such things, at least. And I figure, I’m not really alone in this. As we each approach our art, in our own unique ways, it’s strange to be told there’s anything remotely approaching a “right way” or a “wrong way.” Okay, I get it, when it comes to rewiring an electrical outlet, the wrong way is not a happy experience at all. But with art, when someone does something the “wrong way,” it can make hundreds and sometimes thousands and thousands of people really, really happy.
I’ve never figured out what constitutes right and wrong in art. I just keep taking a little moment each and every day to make something new. Since I barely have time to sit down to paint, I can’t possibly waste an extra minute fretting about whether or not what I’m doing is actually art. What I DO know, is that I love what I’m DOing! And that’s all that really matters in the end. If I love it, then it’s twice as possible someone else out there might just love it as well. And that’s what makes me happy. I’ve never been interested in fame. It just seems like a lot of work. I’m more interested in making a difference in the world. And I don’t mind at all if in doing so, people forget my name. I’d rather instead that they remember a name like Doodlewash. A fun idea that simply means, make what you love, and love what you make. Whether you’re taking weeks to make a masterpiece or stealing a few minutes out of your day for reflections on pears.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Leaf Green, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Quinacridone Red, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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