One of my favorite bits of fall and winter is the ability to wear sweaters most of the time. It makes getting ready for the day a breeze as it’s just far easier to grab a t-shirt of some color and toss a sweater over the top. In honor of this simplicity, I decided to whip up this little doodlewash, quickly sketched in sepia ink with just two watercolors. This is a sweater I purchased a few years ago in Paris and it’s still one of my favorites today. It’s from my favorite store there called Jules, which is why I usually pack light knowing I’ll be filling my suitcase with new clothing finds on my return. It’s a chain store and not a fancy boutique. I love it precisely because it has cool stuff at very affordable prices. When I’m not shopping deals in Paris, you’ll find me at Target and Marshall’s. I don’t like to spend lots of money on clothes and actually like them more when I know they were a steal. It’s like wearing a little trophy of sorts that I earned for either the diligence in my search or simply having the good luck of stumbling upon a good sale. Either way, it’s a lovely prize.
During the fall and winter months, the mornings are rather dark here. While stumbling around trying to find clothes to wear, I’ve sometimes come up with some wild, and even silly, combinations between my v-neck sweaters and the t-shirt I randomly chose to put under them. Once, while brushing my teeth I look up to find a tiny face peeking out. It was Batman, from a t-shirt with the logo from the 60’s cartoon. I considered changing it for a moment, but then thought, “what the hell!” and went to work anyway. Since I work in a creative shop, nobody there said a word, though I did get one odd look on the elevator from someone in a suit. But he was probably just jealous. I really can’t imagine having to wear a suit to work. And I’ve no interest in actual fashion that appears in magazines. It doesn’t really matter when I plan to just buy whatever Target tells me is in vogue anyway. It’s a bit like having a personal shopper, albeit a perfectly shotty one that’s always a year or two behind the trends.
I figure my ridiculous pairing choices are just my own unique version of fashion. Nothing that would ever appear in a magazine, of course, but fashion nonetheless. For example, I have a cobalt blue v-neck sweater that often gets accidentally paired with a red t-shirt creating a palette that should probably only be used to paint the Virgin Mary. But, like these sketches and posts, I don’t edit and just go with whatever comes out. I’ve found a complete lack of planning is often when the best things happen. Even if they’re silly things, they’re fun because I’m just as surprised at the outcome. This, for me, keeps life interesting and never plodding into full routine. It’s those little unexpected moments that I love, so I just let them occur as they come. Happily embracing my questionable fashion choices, while splashing ink and paint about to see what manifests on a page. I’m sure one day, when I have a bit more time and more patience, I’ll have an idea for a larger painting that I simply must create. In the meantime, I’m happy just going with the first thing that comes to mind, like I do every sweater season.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Vermilion, and Indigo (2/3 of my “Vintage” Trio!). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. 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!