I started doodling a few years ago when my then 10-year-old son asked me to draw with him. I was pleased with the idea of this “parallel play,” but what was I to draw? I don’t even know how to draw.
“Anything you like. Wine, maybe,” he said.
Hmm… I thought I could possibly write a little story and draw a few pictures to go with it. And this would help me in my wine study, too. So, #marisaswinedoodles were born.
As it turns out, doodling has become quite an escape for me. I typically doodle on Sunday mornings or very late at night. It’s a great way to wind down. I mentioned earlier that I’m not an artist by any means, but I do sure do enjoy doodling.
Certainly, my doodles are not meant to replace wine education, but primarily to inform very broadly, tell a little story, and perhaps even inspire people to discover something about wine. You’ll find some of my doodles to be more quirky than others, and I do inject my own emotions into each doodle, as well as human characteristics from time to time. This is because I tend to relate to wine in terms of personalities as opposed to descriptors.
You say wet rocks? I say “boy in a blazer taking a short-cut along the river banks”
You say phenolic bitterness? I say “grandma gumming her way at a banana peel.”
You say skin contact? I sing, “hey… maceration” (and then snap my fingers)
My tools: Canson XL mix media pad, #2 pencil, sharpener, Pink Pearl eraser, and Crayola color pencils. My eraser gets used the most 🙂 After I am finished, I scan it onto my computer to touch it up. The finished product is always 8″ x 8″.
I hope you enjoy my doodles as much as I enjoying doodling. Find them all on Instagram by searching #marisaswinedoodles.