Faced with a prompt of “rough” today and with very little time left to complete it, I grabbed for the first rough thing I could find. This is some sort of pineapple bowl with berries and I’ve no idea what this treat might be. With less than 30 minutes to paint today, choosing something this insanely complex was probably not the wisest option, but it was equally an interesting challenge. I literally just scribbled away and then painted like a madman until something appeared. I guess you could say that this one has an extra bit of doodle in it. My extra busy day could also be described as rough so it all culminated in this treat I can’t quite identify. I’m sure it’s rather delicious, whatever it is, but I’ve never actually tried anything quite like this. It makes me think that I would certainly love to be on a beach somewhere right now, enjoying a bit of sun, rest, and relaxation. A day when I would have plenty of time to paint something as difficult as a pineapple bowl.
Okay, I’m mentioned this a few times before, but I live in a place that is completely landlocked and there is no beach nearby. This is not a problem when one has time to travel to a beach, but I haven’t had that time in years! I think the last time I was on a beach was a quick walk on Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles while attending a meeting back when I was working on a Hallmark movie called Northpole. This actually happened by accident as I hit the “Home” button on the rental car’s navigation system assuming it would take me back to the rental car place. Apparently, the last driver had re-programmed it for their hotel so I ended up on the beach instead. I was fine with that, and risked missing my flight to have a quick little stroll. When fate decides for you, it’s best to just go with it and not ask too many questions. I tend to live my entire life this way, and I know that one should probably do things with much more prior planning, but it’s fun to just let life take you to wherever it wants you to go next.
And today, even though I was short on time, it just felt good to scribble and sketch something. I think, in a way, my little painting time has become a bit like my visit to a beach. I sort of lose myself and get a bit lost for a moment. It’s a brilliant way to end a stressful day, even when you’re not quite sure what is you’re actually making. I have dreams of doing so many things, but time is never really on my side. What is always there is my desire to create something. That’s what drives me each and every day and no matter what gets made, I’m a happier person because something did. No matter what is happening in my life, there is always time to make a bit of art. Some folks are lucky enough to have many hours in the day to dedicate to painting, and some, like me, have just a few precious minutes. But that doesn’t make the journey any less incredible. Some days you can take all the time you think you need, and others, you might just find yourself with a blazingly fast little sketch of some tropical treat.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Pyroll Red, Quinacridone Gold, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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