Since I rarely wear hats at any time of the year, even when it’s horribly cold in winter and I should, I was stumped on what to make for today’s prompt. When Philippe first arrived from Paris, he was astounded and confused by the number of people wearing baseball caps. I remember him asking why people would wear those around the street if they weren’t actually playing baseball. To him, it was no different from walking around wearing a bicycle helmet with no immediate plans to actually ride a bike. Come to think of it, it sort of does seem a bit odd, but that has never stopped popular American clothing trends. For a time, everyone was wearing bucket hats, like the one pictured here in a 2-color doodlewash, that could make a rugged man look like he’s a true adventurer. But, unfortunately, it made someone like me look more like the namesake of the American sitcom, Gilligan’s Island. Hats just fail to ever make me look cool, so I tend to avoid wearing them whenever possible.
There was a time when I would occasionally dawn a cap, (as illustrated almost a couple years ago by yesterday’s guest, Jenny Kroik). But I realized that as each year passed, they just made me look older so I wasn’t a fan anymore. I quickly went from silly newsboy to that old man who uses rolled up newspapers to swat flies. So, these days you’ll find me hat-free and simply ducking into the shade whenever humanly possible. Well, actually that’s not true as I wear several metaphorical hats during the day while attempting to do far too many things at once. I’m quickly writing this post at a feverish pace because I have to head out the door shortly to dawn one of the most important hats of all. The friend hat. We’re heading to dinner with friends soon and since we rarely do so, it’s quite a big occasion. I won’t be wearing an actual hat, of course, though a glance in the mirror at my remarkably disheveled self tells me I should reconsider.
I look a bit tired and should probably spend the evening resting up, but that just never sounds like fun. Sure, I’ve been going at a breakneck pace these last several weeks, but I’m having a blast! Thanks to all of you who’ve logged in and tried out the new Doodlewash Club. Your troubleshooting and suggestions are so incredibly helpful. I love that we’re building this thing together and because of that, it’s going to be something amazing! Turns out the friend hat is a pretty awesome thing to wear as it’s just not possible to do some things alone. Sometimes you need a lot of friends to help make an idea truly come to life. And in just one week, I’ll join friends from all over the globe in celebrating World Watercolor Month so I’m currently thrilled beyond belief! I guess, despite what they say, whoever “they” are, really good things can happen when you find yourself wearing too many hats.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Orange and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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!