Okay, so for those of you who follow my posts and the daily prompts, you’ll know that today’s prompt is “surprising.” And you’d also know that me painting another dessert is anything but surprising, as I adore them. However, the surprise for today isn’t the subject matter, but rather the approach. There’s something suspiciously missing from today’s doodlewash if you look closely. Yep, you guessed it, or if you didn’t, I really have no way of knowing so let’s just pretend you did. There’s no ink! For today’s entry I just did a quick pencil contour and then happily jumped right in with some quick watercolor. Still, I added my technique of jabbing bits of dark in places so it didn’t appear too flat, but it’s quite a bit less rendered than my usual sketches. I’m feeling a bit playful this month and wanting to branch out and try a few new things. I know the pen will return as I do prefer it, but I think these little breaks help me see things in an entirely new way. If nothing else, it certainly has me craving some dessert!
Friday evenings are quite possibly the toughest for me to squeeze in a painting before unplugging and enjoying the first night of the weekend properly. As ever, I’m running a bit behind today, and this post is later than usual for a Friday. But I do have a glass of wine nearby and am relaxing into these last few words that I’m about to ramble. One of the reasons why I’ve been reluctant to change up what I do is because the moment I do, fewer people seem to respond to it. Sometimes, even the vaguest of departures from my normal style will yield less likes and often crickets from my social audience. And yet, I now realize it’s not entirely actual people who are in charge of my success. There are so many algorithms at play today that robots are determining what we even see in the first place. They used to only understand words, but have become more advanced and can now begin to read images. And when it comes to social media, they’re now in charge. This has become more than a little disturbing to me.
I don’t want robots to tell me what they think I might like. I still prefer to hear that from my friends and acquaintances. They, after all, really do know best. Yet, today, when I log into my social media accounts, instead of seeing my lovely artists’ posts in chronological order as nature intended, I’m met with wild guesses, and attempts at pushing “influencers” to the top of my feed in hopes of increasing advertising revenue. And I’m seeing more suggestions for new friends than the people I actually chose to follow in the first place. It’s an interesting shift we’re experiencing in the world of this thing called social and I have to admit that I’m missing the old days. Thanks to all of you who have joined the Club and have begun interacting right here on Doodlewash. I don’t actually propose to know how to make the best social media space for watercolor artists, but I know that when you let your users build the path it’s a far more fun and rewarding experience. Thanks to all my early adopters, and if you haven’t joined us yet, please log in now and join the fun! I’m quite sure a robot might bury this post having said all of that, but I’m fine with that. I only want to live in a world where I can do what comes naturally and, yes, occasionally serve up a strawberry shortcake surprise.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Opus (Vivid Pink), Quinacridone Red, Da Vinci Yellow, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue, in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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