One of the joys of autumn is that satisfying crunch of leaves under your feet. Of course, the best fun for a kid is taking a dive into a pile of freshly raked leaves. Looking back, I can still remember the feeling of sinking to the center of a giant leaf pile. It was like an instant fort where I was hidden in my own little leafy world. The earthy smell of dry leaves, and often a bit wet, made me feel cozy and comfortable. It was like getting a gentle hug from nature. Of course, climbing out of my fort, I would next see the creator of the pile, rake in hand, looking at me with a face that was far less than joyful. It was totally worth it, though. I couldn’t have imagined the agony I would have felt by passing that perfect pile of leaves. Sometimes in life, when something is calling you, the only thing you can do next is take that leap.
I’m typing faster than ever tonight as we have a friend coming over very shortly and so I need to complete this post in record time. The doodlewash was speedier than ever as well, which is sometimes a really fun thing to do! I hope each of you are about to enjoy a fabulous weekend ahead! It’s a little early here for a pile of leaves, but if you are a fan of autumn or just things relating to it, then you should definitely join us for our Awesome Autumn Challenge in October! Yeah, it’s not the same season everywhere in the world, but the prompts are fun and simple, so jump in and see what comes next! I’m personally trying to focus on food a bit more next month and attempt to create some doodlewashes of the lovely dishes that Philippe creates. The hope is to assemble them into a little cookbook that I can offer for those of you who enjoy doodlewashes and delicious food! With his awesome recipes included, of course.
As the week closes, my dreams are often bigger than my energy levels, and I’m feeling happily exhausted. There are tons of new things happing in Doodlewash Club, so if you haven’t check out the main site News Feed, then you should definitely do so. Lots of wonderful artwork and tutorials are being shared all day long! There are so many things to be thankful for in life, but right now, I’m just so thankful for all of you. Thanks to the hundreds of artists who have jumped into the Club and joined us. I love seeing my vision of a community where everyone, regardless of skill level or method of using watercolor, can come together is a fun place. So many things are coming in the future, so stayed tuned! I’m thrilled about all the exciting things yet to appear and can’t wait to share them with you. In the meantime, I’m rushing off to enjoy a glass of wine and dream of stepping on autumn leaves.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Gold, Da Vinci Red, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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!