When I think of cats (our Doodlewash prompt today), and Halloween growing closer, a black cat definitely comes to mind, but I always prefer to sketch a kind with a bit more color. In this case, I quickly scribbled a kitten, because the baby version of things are just so cute. I happily doodled with black ink, splashed some watercolor on top, and then scribbled with a white gel pen a bit, in honor of Inktober. I let my inner kitten just play a bit. It makes me think of all of those times as a kid when I would eagerly jump into creating some new idea. While some might plan everything out in advance and strive for a bit of polish, I would just eagerly jump in and complete the project, using whatever I had on hand and taking any shortcuts I could find along the way. This might seem like a perfectly sloppy way to approach things, but the thing is, I enjoy it more this way. It’s just more fun than feverishly planning out everything in advance. This goes for my posts, which are perfectly random, following the same carefree fashion. While planning is certainly recommended while attempting to create a masterpiece, if you enjoy simply practicing each day like I do, then skip the plans and just play on!
I actually have a confession to make. I’m amazed and envious of people who are organized and purposeful in their approach to everything. I’ve tried all sorts of methods and techniques to move my own scattered brain into this mode. But, as hard as I try, I get distracted when something shiny appears to lure me in a different direction. I go through bursts of getting everything done quickly to periods of aimlessness. One could worry that this is a highly dysfunctional state and that I would never be able to accomplish anything at all. But like many creative folk who have come before me, I’ve figured out my own approach that works for me. Oh, I totally stole ideas from those organizational methods, but I combined them with others to create something that’s personal and unique to me. It’s the same why I’ve approached my art. I take bits and pieces of things I’ve seen and learned along this journey and combine them. I read all of the “rules” and then happily choose which ones I want to break.
I’m not a rebel by any means. That always brings to mind people hell-bent on attempting to challenge the status quo. I’m not actually worried about that. I’m really just a kid at heart. I love enjoying life as it comes and while I do have goals, I don’t want them to get in the way of the sheer pleasure that comes from following pure instinct. It’s a fascinating and wonderful experience to see what my mind will come up with when I give it the freedom to do so. My mixed bag of posts over the past three years are very special to me. They’re the diary I never managed to write on a consistent basis before starting this blog. And more than that, they’re all part of my art. A combination of illustration and words that come together to create something new. Not something that could ever find a place in a gallery, but something, I hope, over time, has made a place in your heart. Thank you for reading my diary and browsing the pages of my little sketchbooks. It’s wonderful to know that I’m not alone on this journey. Showing up each day, wondering what on earth will appear on that page or what words might come out next. There are all types of approaches to life and art, but for me, I can’t think of a better way to spend a bit of free time than simply scribbling kittens.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo (my “Vintage” Trio!). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen. Photo Reference: 0x010C. 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!
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!