Out of all the food sketches I’ve done, tomato and basil seem to reappear the most. There’s just something wonderful about this lovely herb paired with juicy tomatoes. Here’s a quick little doodlewash of this phenomenal pairing. So many things just seem to go well together in life. When you find that wonderful duo, it’s a fabulous thing to experience. Sure, with a little fresh mozzarella added you have the perfect trio, but this is a lovely start. In truth, life seems to be a quest of finding all the right things to put together in just that right order. As an illustrator, I keep playing with various techniques and supplies to find the right mix. What I’ve learned is that there are lots of wonderful combinations of paints, papers, and brushes, and each produces a very different result. I’m currently in love with Sennelier watercolors, but some artists swear by other brands. It’s not simply the tools that are used. The artist is also part of the combo. In the end, the perfect mix in food or art, is always a personal choice.
I’d love to try more things with my art. Be more adventurous and attempt things I’ve never tried before. Time is often against me as I go through phases where I barely have time to paint and write at all. But, I would feel such a loss if I didn’t make the time to paint and write each day. Today was insanely busy, for example, but I just took a deep breath and sat down for a moment to doodlewash a little something. The effect is always amazing. All the stress I felt from my day sort of disappeared and I was transported for a few lovely minutes. Afterwards, I always feel fantastic. There are so many things in life that I’ve tried, but painting is by far the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever encountered. It’s truly a wonder more doctors don’t prescribe it. When I’m faced with the thought of being too busy to paint, I always remind myself that medicine works better when you take it regularly. And so, I will always sit down to paint.
Sure, people around me have thought me a bit crazy to prioritize painting over accepting that invitation to happy hour. And I’m woefully unable to completely justify my actions. How do you explain a singular passion to someone who doesn’t yet have one? That one required thing that makes you excited to begin each day. There’s not really a good reason, just a wonderful feeling that you want to experience again and again. This is likely the same feeling that has managed to plague artists for centuries. While the “normal” people live their lives doing all the things that one might expect, we artists, take a little detour. Lost in our thoughts, and captured by the seduction of the medium that currently possesses us. Whether we paint, sketch, illustrate, write or all of the above, we do it not because we have to, but because we need to. It’s a crucial part of the recipe. And no matter what is happening around us, we know we must always make a little time to go on that elusive quest to find the perfect ingredients.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Red Orange, Sennelier Red, Phthalo. Green Pale, Phthalocyanine Blue, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.