A paint what you like month certainly wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a little glass of wine. Today’s prompt of “transparent” was the perfect time to do so. Actually, when it comes to watercolor, transparent is usually the main idea, so this could have been anything really. I used purely transparent watercolors by Da Vinci, outside of my fave Terra Cotta which is actually semi-opaque, that I use with Cobalt Blue to enhance my darks. And I quickly painted this one while actually enjoying a glass of wine so it’s all rather fitting. In my case, it was red wine as that’s what I prefer most. But as the weather gets warmer, I’ve been known to enjoy a chilled glass of white or champagne. And, of course, an evening with a glass of wine is always made better when in the company of friends. Just a little something to sip and enjoy while you catch up on all the bits of life you missed in the moments in between. These days, it seems like those moments can get farther and farther apart. A day turns into two and before you know it, weeks have passed. Cheers to all my friends out there, and hope to see you soon!
If we’ve never actually met in person, then cheers to you as well, my friend. Perhaps one day we will! If you don’t like wine, that’s fine, we have other beverages on hand. And Philippe will cook up something amazing for dinner that will pair perfectly with anything you choose. Our dog, Phineas, however, will take credit for anything you receive, because he’s just like that. He has a personality that seems to imply the world revolves around him. So we named our in-home restaurant “Phineas Café” and used to have a little blackboard where we would write out the menu in chalk to be très chic. I included a rare photo here just to illustrate Phineas’ smug expression. He hopes you like the meal and, if you don’t, he will happily fire any of the staff should something not be to your liking. Oh, and I see this particular one ended with café gourmand, a concept which we brought back with us after a visit in Paris and is still one of my favorite things!
I just want to take a moment to toast each and every one of you who takes the time to read these posts and comment below! It means the world to me and I really can’t thank you enough. Doodlewash is not a traditional art blog, but one meant to inspire stories, promote artists and fire up the creativity in all of us. Sure, sometimes you get a random pic of a basenji inexplicably complemented with two glasses of painted wine, but that’s all part of the fun! I fully realize I’ve approached this blog all wrong as not a single search engine will promote this post as it lacks all of the necessary elements that robots like. But I hope it has of few of the elements that humans still appreciate. I’ve always approached my posts as though I’m just sitting down to enjoy a little evening in the company of lovely people. And that’s still the spirit I approach things with today. It would actually be lovely to meet you, if we haven’t yet. Don’t mind the basenji, he’s really quite sweet once you get to know him. There’s really nothing more fulfilling than a lovely evening of conversation and wine with friends.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. 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!