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 didn’t even know how to draw.
“Anything you’d like,” he said. “Wine, maybe?”
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 obsession. I typically doodle on Sunday mornings, very late at night or after being inspired by a great glass of wine. It has turned into an effective learning exercise for me – similar to taking simple notes with pictures. Somehow, over the past year, they’ve received a fair amount of attention from followers. Could it be that my doodles are helping them, too?
While I do get requests to doodle about wines from all around the world, I tend to lean toward Italian wine and grapes because this is an area of great interest!
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).
Wine should be fun and approachable. This is how I learn, and if I can get one person to discover something about wine that they never knew, I’d be very happy.
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.