Since summer heat is bearing down where I live, the thought of being next to water sounded rather refreshing. Today’s prompt of “by the pool” is a lovely notion, but since I haven’t had time to hang out by the pool yet this season, I’m just enjoying the idea via a quick little doodlewash. Now it’s incredibly difficult to write anything as I’m sort of lost poolside in that blissful state where you don’t quite know what time it is and certainly don’t care. Like a casino, without the financial stress. It’s a lovely place to be for sure! I feel that way oftentimes when I’m sketching and painting with watercolor. It’s such a wonderful experience and nearly everything around me fades into the background for just a bit. So relaxing! I’m sure there would be a bit more stress if I worried about whether what I was creating was perfect or amazing. I’m just always happy to have managed to make something. To show up with a little doodlewash of some kind is really all I strive to do. Sure, I wish I could do that style or that technique I just saw scroll by, and maybe one day I will try. But today, I’m happy with my own sketchy style and pleased that I’m only 3 days away from my 750th daily doodlewash! It just sounds like a number that should be a milestone, and a perfect excuse for dessert!!
It’s been such an amazing journey over the past couple of years. I sometimes feel like I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing when it comes to painting. I think that’s indicative of watercolor itself. It’s not mastering a medium so much as learning how to dance with another partner. You can memorize all the moves and know what you expect to happen next, but then your partner moves in a slightly different direction. And so you move with them, so the dance can continue, venturing out of the planned choreography into unknown territory. This exact lack of control and spontaneous experience is why I love this medium. It’s freeing and fun to join this dance each day. Some days, I feel like watercolor and I have created a rather amazing performance and other days, it just feels like we had a lot of fun dancing together. Either way, it’s worth the time we spent moving to the music and I enjoy each and every moment.
Once again today, of course, I have something to give to you, but this one I’ve given away a few times, so it’s only available to people who haven’t yet gotten any freebie yet this month from these posts or the official giveaways! Today, I’m giving away 10 Joe Miller Travel Painter Palettes with a round sable brush when you comment with, “Let’s Stay Cool!” Yeah, I’m totally running out of phrases for these things, but it’s a lovely thought. Watercolorists are quite cool and it’s been fun to watch all your amazing works scroll by in the Official World Watercolor Month Gallery. Again, if you’re only on Facebook and don’t see your works showing there, be sure you’re posting in our Facebook World Watercolor Group. Those posts seem to be showing up more. We’ve got just 11 or 12 more days to go, depending on what part of the world you live, for this month and I hope you’re having as much fun as I am. When August arrives, don’t stop! We’ll have a new monthly challenge coming and other wonderful things. And at some point next month, you’ll definitely find me typing these posts, holding a lovely cold drink, while relaxing by the pool.
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About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Gamboge, Cobalt Teal, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black 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!