I use a lot of watercolor paints, mostly tubes, and also work in acrylic and multi media items such as crayons, pastels and wire. What's better than running a wash in watercolor?
Image was created before language and remains the most universal of all communication.
Show a drawing or painting to anyone, anywhere in the world and they will instantly 'get it.'
No need to explain 'this is a drawing of a boat or tree; communicability is its DNA. Therefore, to practice in these arts connects the artist to himself, to others, to the past, to the present and to the future.
To draw, then, is as profound as coming to a fire on a bitter cold night. For anyone. For everyone.