When discussing today’s art challenge prompt of candy with my partner Philippe, we immediately thought back to the kind our grandmothers used to have. Even though we grew up on opposite sides of an ocean, we had similar memories of individually wrapped bits of goodness we’d find only at grandmother’s house. While trying to remember the exact type of candy, we were almost sure we remembered, but memories have a way of bending and morphing with time. So I dashed off a quick little doodlewash of what Philippe remembered most, and yet I recall something quite similar being offered to me back in the day. Here in the United States, these wrapped candies were known as penny candies, way back when a penny would actually buy something on its own. These days, it takes a few pennies to acquire even a single candy, of course. The first of these here would come in the form of a Tootsie Roll and soon Sweethearts and Necco Wafers would join the parade. It was like unwrapping a sweet little gift and always made me smile.
We’ve had a busy weekend so far, and tomorrow will be even busier, but I managed to pop in for a quick little post. I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! Though not at all related to candy, yesterday I was off work and my friend and World Watercolor Month Artist Ambassador, Birgit O’Connor, talked me into joining her for a podcast interview. I say it like this, because after all of this time, I’ve actually never once appeared in an audio or video form so this was quite a big step for me. Our voices are never quite like what we hear in our own heads and it always feels a bit like listening to a distant cousin instead. But Birgit is lovely and delightfully persuasive so I gave it a go anyway, and if you’re at all curious to find out what I sound like, then you can click below to have a listen:
I think it turned out okay for a very first outing, and with Birgit at the helm, it was definitely fun to do!
As for candy, well, let’s just say I’ve now been craving it ever since my conversation with Philippe. Sadly, we don’t actually have any candy in the house. This is mostly because we’d eat it constantly if it were readily available. Looking back, I now realize this is likely why our grandmother’s were in charge of keeping candy around for us and we were only allowed to visit it. But those memories are wonderful indeed. And today, I’ll add another memory of the very first time I recorded something live, but mostly, just a memory of a very enjoyable conversation with a friend. Having other artists to connect with and interact with has been the most amazing part of creating this site. It’s lovely to know I have a support group on this crazy journey we all call art and I can’t thank each of you enough for encouraging me along the way. In the end, it’s really the best kind of candy.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Quinacridone Red, Benzimida Orange, Leaf Green, and Cobalt Blue. 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!