Stumped on what to do for today’s prompt of “motion,” since I like to paint stationary objects, I opted for some food in motion. In this case, a lonely strawberry being splashed into a bit of cream or milk, whichever you prefer. This was a bit more challenging than I expected and so I’m racing to complete this post. Which also involves trying to figure out what I have to say about strawberries splashing around as I was simply desperate to come up with something to match the prompt. My early experiences with strawberries where mainly in the form of a powdered drink known as Quik that you added to milk. It made it a lovely pink color with beet juice powder and had a bunny on the can, so it was immediately my favorite. It was magical to watch the milk turn into a surreal and slightly saturated color when mixed with the delightful powder. To this day, I still don’t understand why a bunny was chosen as a mascot for these powdered drinks, but as a kid I never really questioned it. Bunnies were always welcome.
For those following along, I should note that this is the sixth doodlewash in my new Hahnemühle Watercolor Book (I should note the fine folks at Hahnemühle gave this to me to test out, but these opinions and/or rambles are my own). I’m happy to report that I’m really loving it! The paper is thinner than my previous sketchbook, but each time I think I’ve added too much water or color so that it might breach the other side, it turns out just fine. My previous sketch of mirror cake was quite a test as it included multiple glazes of color to get the appearance of shiny icing. Pressed back into the sketchbook with the tight elastic cord, the paper flattened back out and was ready for a new sketch on the other side the next day. A the cover, as I mentioned before, is so gorgeous! The thinner paper gives it a delightfully light and thin form factor that I can stash in my bag more easily than what I was using before. Though the paper texture is a bit rougher than the little red sketchbook I found in Paris, my pen slides easily across it. The only thing that becomes a challenge is, when I go to scan it, the texture shows up a bit more than I’d like. A small and personal qualm, to be sure, of a really exceptional sketchbook, which I can now say that I’d happily recommend!
As for strawberries and bunnies, well, what’s not to love about that?! Actually, I’m a huge strawberry fan in just about any form I can get them. But if you would like to add a bit of cream, I would not have the will power to stop you. Homemade whipped cream is my favorite topping for this little red treat, with just the tiniest touch of sugar. I don’t have either sitting in front of me right now and so I’ve painted myself into a yearning I can’t quite satisfy. Instead, I’m about to have a bit of Irish soda bread. This with a tiny cup of espresso will have to do for this evening. I hope wherever you are, you are enjoying a little treat of your own. It’s good to treat ourselves every now and then. Whether it’s something small or truly decadent, it only matters that it makes us smile. It’s how we show ourselves that we matter. And if you actually happen to have the ingredients handy, then I’d highly recommend having yourself a little strawberry splash!
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Indian Yellow, Red Orange, Sennelier Red, Phthalocyanine Blue, Phtalo. Green Light, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.