As we head toward the last hours of 2017 or if it’s already arrived where you are, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!! I always find myself pausing a moment to reflect as the year closes. Not about politics or the state of the world. That’s all pretty much gone to rubbish and not worth dwelling on in this moment. Instead, for these final moments of the year, I like to think of all the wonderful and happy things that happened. For me, the silliest and simplest moments pop to mind first. Philippe, sitting and putting together a Lego set while happily singing something in French, only occasionally pausing to shout «putain!» when something doesn’t quite go together as expected. Taking Phineas out for a walk while first waiting for him to circle the house five times like he has some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder or is looking for a purse he thought he might need in case we do a spot of shopping along the way. None of these are unique events and they’ll all be back in the New Year, but they’re the first things that my heart remembers most. Each year is nothing more than a series of moments, each one following the next, until it’s time to say goodbye and start all over again. Best to make the most of each of them!
There were a handful of other larger milestones, of course. I was rather pleased that this year I managed to figure out how to create community features right here on Doodlewash, and was even more thrilled to see people actually using them! We celebrated another very successful World Watercolor Month in July with amazing support from brands we all love and got twice as many art supplies for underprivileged kids who need them this year. I discovered even more amazing watercolor artists, which always makes me incredibly happy. And best of all, my own watercolors are improving a bit each day thanks to all the fabulous tips and examples from our featured artists, each offering their own unique style and approach. Our DO Shop was launched late this year featuring a Watercolor Boutique where featured artists can sell their work here as well! And Philippe and I also managed to complete our tiny illustrated cookbook, and will be publishing that it in January once we’d had a moment to proofread it a bit.
But as the clock ticks down to the end of the year, my focus shifts to savoring each last little moment. There’s music playing in the background and very shortly our friends will be arriving as we celebrate by avoiding large parties and going to see a Star Wars movie instead. Then we’ll head to bed before the clock even strikes midnight, and likely be asleep when 2018 arrives. We’ve learned that it tends to come with or without us, and our attempts to remain awake in previous years were more painful than celebratory. Without the help of crowd of revelers it’s just staring at the clock and staying up for no good reason. But tonight will be lovely and I’ll enjoy each moment with friends and family. A simple toast of champagne and a chorus of “Happy New Year!” will kick off the evening and we’ll have a nice dinner before heading to the theatre. And while many will enjoy a lively party with a pending countdown, my heart will always favor these tiniest of cherished moments when time stands still.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Gold, Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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