Seeing a prompt of “free & easy” I just let my mind wander, and, as it often does, it lead me straight to a dessert. In this case, we have a fruit tart which is one of my favorite desserts, but not one that I have very often. I sadly didn’t get to enjoy it today either, so this is yet another one of my fantasy dessert illustrations. Keeping things free and easy, I only used 3 colors for this little doodlewash (listed below in the full post). I’m so fascinated by limited palettes and the range you can get from just a handful of colors. That said, I love having several choices at my disposal and will shift to a different small palette depending on the subject matter. As for creating desserts so often, it’s the best diet one can have. Simply imagining a dessert rather than consuming it, means less weight to gain. But if one of these had actually been sitting in front of me, I would not be so smug. I would instead devour it with glee, forgetting entirely that it’s not a healthy salad. That’s the beautiful thing about dessert. It’s meant to be enjoyed as a little reward, whether you’ve done something to deserve it or not. This, in my humble opinion, makes it the perfect food indeed.
And we are getting very close to the end of this most festive of occasions so I think a dessert is definitely in order. Some of you are ahead, depending on your location, but I personally have 5 more watercolors to go to conclude World Watercolor Month. Although I paint daily, and yes, we always have monthly watercolor art challenges here at Doodlewash, this month is incredibly special. There are hundreds more artists who participate in July, some leaving other mediums to focus on watercolor, and the energy and enthusiasm this year has been overwhelming! What makes my heart sing is that there are more people than ever about to complete the 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge! Yes, I’m watching each and every day, even if I don’t have time to comment. I can only hope many of you read these posts so I can let you each know that you’re all amazing. With each brush stroke you are making the world more beautiful and spreading a message of color and hope across the globe!
And, as we near the end of this event, please remember that it’s also a benefit for charity and helping to raise funds for our future artists. Many of you have contributed to our cause, and for that, I thank you and send you a virtual hug. If you haven’t yet, please consider making a donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation in honor of World Watercolor Month. Just $10 will get art supplies to a child, and most importantly, form an urge to create that will last for a lifetime. Each year, social media changes, hiding unpaid posts and throttling exposure, making it harder and harder for me to get this message out. So please, help me spread the word in these last days of the month! And, for your effort, I have something to give back to you as well! Today, I have 9 watercolour marker samples from our official sponsor Winsor & Newton for anyone who hasn’t yet gotten one of these. Simply comment below with “Thank you, Winsor & Newton!” to let me know you want one! Painting each day is such an amazing experience, whether you’re investing hours to create a large painting, or just taking a tiny bit of time to make some random tart.
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About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrol Red, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.