Today, I decided to try a fast and loose little doodlewash, letting my mind wander and my brush do the same. I’m rather enjoying sketching with a brush though when I glance at my fountain pens they do look a bit forlorn so I may try to use them soon. I’ve been so incredible busy lately, mostly self-induced with all the crazy fun features I’m adding to Doodlewash, but tonight I’m going to take a little break. As for canoeing, I’ve only been a couple of times as I’m not really what one would call an outdoorsman. Do they ever say, indoorsman? Is that a thing? Though I often hated the threat of being dumped into muddy lake water, I did enjoy the quieter bits in between. That wonderful feeling when you could stop rowing and simply float on calm water. Just drifting wherever the light breeze might decide you should go next. This lazy part of the canoe trip was my favorite. It was like time stood still and stress was not even something that had ever existed. That’s the moment I miss most.
These days, life seems like it’s rushing forward at full speed. I can barely keep up with everything that’s happening and I always feel like I’m running behind. I love social media when it comes to art, but I have trouble keeping up with everything else that it serves up. I guess that’s why I’ve been working so hard to create the foundation of a new community right here on Doodlewash. I don’t expect it to become the next Facebook. In fact, I rather hope it doesn’t become that. I just want to make a fun club where people who enjoy the same things can come together and interact with each other, without all the other distractions. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I don’t intend to be the one figuring it all out either. That’s the fun thing about clubs. Everyone gets to have a say! When I was a kid, we just made up the rules as we went along until the idea formed. To me, that’s way more fun because then everyone gets to be a part of what happens next.
I’ve still not made a big announcement yet, as it’s impossible to know if all the fun features are working as they should. But I think they’re rather close to working just great! I’m sneaking in the unveiling into the last couple paragraphs of these posts, knowing that not everyone reads this far. But if you’re an artist who loves watercolor and are reading this, I’d love it if you’d log in to Doodlewash with your preferred social network and create a profile right here on this site. You can edit your profile picture and add a cover photo, and best of all, there’s an artwork tab where you can begin to upload your lovely watercolor art which gets added to the group gallery (yep, everything posted is in chronological order. What a lovely concept!). Once you log in you’ll see a new “Community” link in the main navigation with other fun features. I’d be thrilled if you could take a peek and let me know your thoughts! Either comment below or contact me and tell me what you would like to see happen next? I’m probably crazy to try all of this, but I just feel passionate about creating something new that we can all enjoy together. Something less hectic and more focused, like enjoying the cool breeze in a canoe, that brings the kind of joy only found when life gets peaceful.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Quinacridone Rust, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil 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!