Day 23 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Wearing Many Hats Orange and Blue Summer Hat - #doodlewash

Wearing Too Many Hats

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.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Orange and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 23 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Wearing Many Hats Orange and Blue Summer Hat - #doodlewash

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25 thoughts on “Wearing Too Many Hats

  1. I doff my hat to thee 😉 I actually tried on a hat very similar to this just last night. It’s quite something for me to look more of a prat, but I think managed it! I should have accepted by now that me and hats just don’t work!

  2. I love wearing hats. My head is small so berets are usually my choice. A fedora on rare occassion. But in the summer because of my obsession with maintaining my” dead whales belly palor” and total fear of skin cancer, i shelter my face under parasol sized hats that offer protection fron uva/b rays. I look like a russian grandmother circa 1930 that heard beachwear was the same as winter wear minus a woolen vest. Persist I shall I tell my friends. And when weare all 90 you will look 110 and i will have the skin of a 70 year old beached whale.

  3. I’m in awe of all the hats you wear so well, Charlie! And friend is definitely an important one. (K)
    PS did you know that you can no longer make comments on your post when viewing it in the Reader? It’s happened to a few blogs–in my Reader anyway–so if I don’t comment so often, that’s why. I don’t always have time to also go to the blog itself…but I’m still reading and enjoying!

    1. Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Ugh… yeah… I did see that… I’m surprised that Likes still work, as it seems like I’m half in and half out of the WordPress community with all the updates. I’ll have to check into that to see if it’s an error on my end or a side effect of moving to the upgraded plan. But so glad you can at least see my posts! I’ve been a little slow on visiting other blogs lately, but hope to get back into the habit once I get all these crazy new features worked out on my site. 😊Thanks my friend!!

        1. Yeah, I’ll check in with them. And yes! I’ll be back to visiting very soon! This recent set of crazy new features was tougher than I thought. (but I’m rather happy to confirm I’m truly an artist… It would be cool to be a programmer, but I’m sooooo not that! hehe)

          1. I’m learning that I’m not quite as savvy as I hoped, but managing to get most things working better than I thought, so I guess that’s good! I checked in with WordPress and the comment thing is a known bug they say they’re fixing, but haven’t given a timeframe on when it will be fixed.

  4. The YouTube trailer works great and is very catchy! Also NB: The Recently Active Members — those without a gravatar image kinda makes it look like bots have been signing up! 🎈

    1. Thanks, Janina! 😃💕 Yay! Glad that version worked for you! Thanks for the heads up! hehe… yeah, sometimes people’s privacy settings can block their avatar from other social networks. Hopefully they’ll change it to a new one!

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