Today was amazingly awesome and super busy as an incredible amount of artists from around the world joined in for the very first day of World Watercolor Month! I’m so thrilled that so many people have come together to paint the world with watercolors in July (as I type this there are almost 2,300 members in our Facebook Group and more coming all the time!). In my incredible excitement and enthusiasm I didn’t know what to doodlewash for today. I’m not working with a theme, so I realized the thrill of the day was overwhelming me and I didn’t even know what to start with. I didn’t have an idea. No light bulb over my head… hey… a lightbulb! Yeah… that’s pretty much how my mind works.

I did this one very quickly in the less than 30 minutes that I had today and I have to say it felt good to just play! Lightning quick pencil contour and then jumping in with a fast ink sketch followed by a watercolor attack, while drinking a glass of champagne! No waiting for anything to dry properly, just going for it and having a blast! This is the joy that made me become addicted to watercolor in the first place last July. I love splashing color down and wondering what the heck you’ll get when it dries. If I had the time I could have made this more realistic. I’d normally try. But not today. Today, I stopped and was just happy in the doing.

That’s the spirit of this fabulous month of watercolors. Just play, post, and enjoy! Nothing has to masterful, but when it happens, and it will, yay you! I can’t think of a better way to spend July. And I’m thrilled to be spending it with all you! 

Join us for World Watercolor Month in July! Click here to learn more! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Azo Orange, Quinacridone Gold, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

53 replies on “Day 1: #WorldWatercolorMonth

  1. “I stopped and was just Happy In The Doing.” ……… Charlie, what magical words those are!! and Empowering!
    your lightbulb mind runs a lot like mine seems to, love the doodlewash.
    And, I was magnetized – by its reflection you created!!! the soft hints, and inferences, delicacy, Superb lead in…. were WOW! A question Charlie. I may not be ‘tagging’ right? please check. Am I suppose to TITLE these world watercolor month !? or can i create my own titles? thank you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Debi!! 😃💕 Almost wasn’t able to make a post, which would be weird when you just challenged the world to join you! 😊lol Just put #WorldWatercolorMonth in your tags for the post! That’s all I’m linking to. I actually can’t search it if it’s just in the title! I’m just putting it in my titles to keep spreading the word! 😉

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  2. It’s been a super fun day, everyone’s enthusiasm has been amazing! It’s been so wonderful seeing all the images coming in! Enjoy your champagne, well deserved Charlie! What a light you are!

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  3. It’s the light you’re switching on in the minds of over two thousand people (that really is an army, you can’t be modest about this anymore! Think of that number actually in front of you – wow!) Awesome stuff and in a ridiculously short amount of time, as well. I too am enjoying the reflection very much!

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    1. Awww thanks, Jacob! 😃Glad ya liked this! It is cool to see how excited everything is and how the movement is growing! Centering around the medium instead of how to paint is cool because the work is so diverse! It’s awesome to click through the various social sites and see everything. Which is what I keep doing…. but I should actually be painting myself now! 😊

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