Though warm and sunny days are on the way as spring finally arrives here, it’s sure to be balanced with a lot of rainy ones, our prompt for today. I figured a pink and blue umbrella was a good contrast to the gray of a rainy day. I actually rather enjoy days like this as it’s a good excuse to stay inside and read a book or get something done that’s been waiting until just this very moment. Where I live, here in the middle of America, rain likes to come and hang out for several days in a row. It’s like a houseguest you enjoyed at first, but rather assumed they’d be leaving far sooner than they actually did. Though your heart is still filled with joy and love, your mind is saying, “Go away, already!” This is my relationship with rainy days, as I also adore a wonderful dose of sunlight. But bright colors on a rainy days can seem more saturated and beautiful so there’s something to be said for that. As with most things in life, striking a perfect balance is often impossible, but still the dream. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy both my rainy and sunny days as they come.
Today was actually sunny, but still cooler than I would have hoped for considering its actually now spring. Still, as I type this, the sun is heading into that lovely glow that photographers call the “golden hour.” Wedding photographers across the country are no doubt active during this time, capturing happy couples in this, the most perfect light of the day. As we switch seasons here, I’m mostly excited for the longer days ahead. It’s wonderful to still be sitting outside nearing 9pm as the sun only then decides to finally set. During the winter months, I wake up in the dark and return home and it’s dark again. It’s like living in a cave. I think that’s why I get so excited for spring. It just feels like there are more hours in the day. There aren’t actually, but with a little extra sun to guide me, I feel like I have just a bit more time. Or, at the very least, I’m not ready to go to bed at eight because it’s already been dark for 3 hours. It’s nice to not feel so rushed and hurried to get everything done.
It’s all just a trick of the light, of course. There are and will always be 24 hours in every day. But, when we feel a bit more energized to do more with those hours it’s always a good thing. Or a sign that we have too much time on our hands. I, for instance, got a little crazy today and added a proper little beach collection to my own little shop here on Doodlewash, complete with flip-flops. A sure sign that I’m not precious about my art, but feel it should be there to add a little happy to the world. Whether you want to hang in on the wall, carry it around, or step on it, as long as it makes you smile, I feel like I’ve done a good thing! And just a quick note about good things… a portion of every single thing purchased on this site goes to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation to help underprivileged kids get art supplies and create our future artists. This is a cause I’m super passionate about and, yes, the very centerpiece of our World Watercolor Month in July! Thanks to all of you who support this site, our community, and helping future artists grow and thrive. I know I dream bigger than I probably should, but together, I truly feel like we can make a real difference, even on the rainiest of days.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Cobalt Turquoise, Opus (Vivid Pink), and Payne’s Gray. 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!