For tonight’s doodlewash, I’m back to trying to capture glass in watercolor and an attempt at a challenging subject. What’s more fun than one glass thing, but three in four colors! Would have been three colors, but the rosemary wanted some green. Painting glass is both fun and totally maddening as you have to completely forget what you’re painting and just make the shapes you see, all the while staying light enough that it doesn’t start to resemble chrome. Much more practice is needed, but that’s the fun part. Sketching and painting are a practice and the more you do it, the better you get. There’s no secret sauce, just lots of sweat and tears, until that one amazing day when you get a little magic on paper. That “one amazing day” is why we do this. And on, and on, to the next one after that.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m in rut. Like my sketches are just a bunch of things and not really something particularly intriguing, interesting, or clever. I want to sketch from life more, but can’t always get to the things I want to sketch in the precious little time I have to sketch them.  I want to compose something entirely from my imagination, but often fear what the outcome will be. As I quickly type this, I’ve just finished the watercolor above while sitting at my little end of the kitchen counter. This is my art studio. My tiny little silver watercolor tin is closed now and sitting next to my keyboard. I can see my face in its reflection, and giggle at the sight of just how frantic that guy looks. If only there were more time. So many things that could be done with just a few more spare minutes in the day.

But when I look again at that frantic guy reflected in the watercolor tin, I see something else. He’s happy. Even with a horrible feeling of falling behind and way to many things to do and not enough time to do them, his life is pretty great. Each day now, he’s surrounded by the art of a thousand friends new and old. Last year at this time, he was painting alone. Today, no matter when he rushes through his little daily doodlewash, he now knows, that someone, somewhere in the world, is painting right along with him. And that’s probably why he’s smiling now. He’s lucky. And he knows we’re all lucky to have found each other and to spend whatever little time we have making something new to share. And we never have to be afraid to show what we make because we know that someone, somewhere in the world, will always be smiling back at us.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Pale Green, and Ultramarine Blue. 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!

47 replies on “Day 22: #WorldWatercolorMonth

  1. I know what you mean. It seems like There is never enough time in a day in my opinion. I am glad the guy in your tin was smiling back, no matter how tired, because we are all thrilled to be painting and playing along, and maybe even having a glass of wine. Cheers, and many thanks, Charlie! 🍷😘🎨

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  2. Your art is amazing. I wish I could express myself the way you do, through your art, your style, and the way you see the world is you doodle it. Sometimes the world seems small and like everything is rushing by, but you capture moments in time with your paintings. You make time come to a stand still as you draw or paint. It’s an amazing super power. Thanks for sharing it each day.

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  3. Wow, not just straight glass, but wiggly bottle glass, well done, a tough one I would think, the end result looks effortless, you are a natural at seeing the reflective properties in the subject. I was painting right with you last night, fighting for more time, but also smiling as I hit that ‘ post button’ yay I did it, I found the time and I achieved, we all achieved, and we did it together, thank you Charlie for bringing us all together. Painting could be lonely, but sharing with the world enlightens each day, as you do for me each and every day 😀

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  4. Interesting how I was actually smiling as I read this and you mention it in the end lol. Glass is so tough to paint but you’ve done a great job! Very inspiring, Charlie.🙂

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  5. A nice post, Charlie. I think you should also see pride in that reflection of yours as well… pride in the fact that you create great paintings, pride in the fact that you have set up World Watercolour Month, and pride in the fact that you have actually got me painting in watercolour! (OK, I’m not very good at it, but I like doing it, and know I’ll get better with time!) And you write well as well. So, hats off to you!

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  6. Oh wow! What a post! It went straight to the core of my heart. Thanks, Charlie, for not only dedicating your time to watercolours a year ago but also for letting us participate in the water colouring fun!

    Oh my, painting glass in watercolours! Not only can you paint, and write! … But you’re courageous, too! Great glass, indeed!

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  7. Happy reflections in happy reflections! Awesome glass, Charlie – I hear you on the ‘chrome’ woes! And I find it’s so easy to overwork and consequently rob it of all magic. I think it’s safe to say you haven’t done that!! This composition looks as though it’d be a pretty daunting prospect, but what a smashing job! It’s easy to get lost in all those elegant and flowing reflections. So good!

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  8. This is a beautiful watercolor the glass you painted is lovely! I love your post Charlie and I know what you mean we all need more time and it seems to never be enough for all the things we want to do especially the pleasant ones we love like painting…and like you last year was way different than this year for me too now I am so happy that we are all together sharing what we love and our beautiful friendships!😉❤ Keep smiling❤

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