While I started with a sketch of a traditional lighthouse for today’s prompt, I changed my mind and took a trip deep inside instead. It’s fascinating to me that through a series of complex glass and mirrors, one light is able to create such intensity. These days with GPS technology, many lighthouses are no longer in use, and others have been converted to LED or solar power to reduce costs. But, they are still seen as a useful navigational tool after all these years. And the concept of one little light able to produce a beacon for ships finding a way home is a wonderful thought. It’s such a hopeful idea to think that something so small could do so much. If life ever gets a bit overwhelming or dreams feel just a bit too big, I like to think of that little light and how much it manages to accomplish. For me, the lens and mirrors that enhance it are all of the wonderful people in our big little watercolor community. And the color and light that happens when we come together to share our art is a wonderful and inspiring thing indeed. A global beacon that paints the world in beautiful watercolor!
I also hope that each of you have made a BIG note in your calendars for July, when World Watercolor Month returns! This year, we’ve added wonderful new official sponsors and introduced our Artist Ambassadors. These artists have agreed to give at least $1 per sale of classes, products, or other items during the month of July to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, our charitable partner. Dreaming Zebra, in turn, provides art supplies to underprivileged kids who need them, supporting our future artists. So many of us have shared that memory of returning to a first love of art that we felt as a child, so I’m passionate about making sure that memory happens for other children as well. If you’re interested in being an Artist Ambassador for this year’s World Watercolor Month, click here to send me a note and let me know! And there will be more exciting news on this year’s event coming very soon! So stay tuned!
I’m just so super excited about what’s coming next, but as for lighthouses, I definitely remain completely intrigued. Philippe and I have talked about taking a trip to Maine or some other coastal place where we could enjoy them in real life. I’ve never actually visited any of the famous lighthouses I see in photos. They look amazing though, and I would love to visit them at least once. As a kid, I wanted to live in a lighthouse. This was mostly due to watching the original Pete’s Dragon movie. It was such a cozy place to be, filled with family and love. Yeah, there was also a flying dragon in that story, so that bit was rather amazing. But even without that touch of magic I would have still been wanting to live there. And today, as I quickly make another little doodlewash, I’m thrilled to be living just as I am. A humble host of a wonderful group of artists that never fail to inspire and captivate me. Together, I’m confident that although we can’t always change the craziness that’s happening in the world, if we work together, we can at least provide the light that brings them home.
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