For today’s doodlewash, I decided to get a bit experimental by skipping my pen and simply doing a quick sketch with a brush and watercolor in answer to the “colors of summer” prompt for today. This made things look a bit blurry, like squinting into the sun surrounded by waves of heat, or simply having one too many of these drinks. Either way, it was a fun experiment to see what would happen. Just 9 more paintings to go for World Watercolor Month and it’s been a fun month indeed. If you haven’t made it over to look at the official gallery, then stop reading this drivel and go check it out immediately! So many wonderful paintings there and it’s been amazing to watch new ones show up every few minutes. Today, summer has decided to show off a bit by bringing insane heat. According my weather app, it feels like 112F (45C), which, with the high humidity makes walking outdoors feel like walking into someone’s mouth. So, I’ve spent the day hiding safely inside my house.
I’ve never been a fan of the heat, and honestly prefer colder weather. I think it’s because I tend to run warm and don’t really enjoy sweating. Or, more likely, the little kid in me loves fall and winter because it means we’re getting closer to Christmas! When I was a kid, the summers were never this hot, a side effect of our warming planet. But not much would stop me from playing outdoors back then. Hopping on my bike to head off and explore was a blast. And those summer days, with no school or homework, were each like a little gift. As an adult, the weekends are similar and I’ve been enjoying this one in spite of the heat. On days like this, when it seems I have plenty of time to do things, I tend to get distracted easily and end up getting not much at all done. I nearly forgot what time it was and realized I better paint something quick! It was fun to just splash some paint around and play, like I was that little kid again, making the most of summer break.
This evening, a dear friend is coming over, so I’ll be signing off soon. But, before I go, I would be remiss not to share some lovely gifts with you! For today, I once again have that little metal palette you see next to the World Watercolor Month logo. This is a Joe Miller Travel Painter Palette with a round sable brush, and I have 10 of them for anyone who hasn’t yet been awarded one. Simply comment directly below on doodlewash.com and add the phrase “Paint Every Day!” to let me know you’d like one. I think that daily painting is incredibly rewarding. It’s not just seeing the small improvements over time, it’s equally the feeling that you can let yourself play and not worry about creating something “perfect.” For me, it’s just indulging in a wonderful little habit that enriches my day and makes me feel good. Whether I’m carefully creating something when I have a little extra time, or quickly splashing around paint with a burst of exuberance, like a little boy, simply enjoying the colors of summer.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Yellow, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Perylene Maroon, Cobalt Teal, and Ultramarine Blue in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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