This month has flown by and there’s only one week left of World Watercolor Month! So this made me think of time, and well, that’s why today’s doodlewash is this red vintage alarm clock. I kind of miss these old clocks as they seem to have more charm than the little phone bricks we carry around in our pockets today. Also, the sound they made was perfectly startling and the digital version can’t quite replicate the sheer terror one felt when hearing one of these burst to life on a Monday morning. Although time is fleeting for this first annual global event, I hope most of you have discovered the joyful addiction of daily painting and will keep on painting as we move into August. For those of you in the Facebook Group, stick around, as the group will continue as World Watercolor Group moving forward!

When I was a kid, time didn’t seem to move this quickly. Summer days would linger on in a fabulously endless way as we’d ride our bikes through the neighborhood, dreaming up something brilliant to do each day. I now realize it was because our mothers and fathers took care of all that awful “adult stuff” and we were free to play and be kids. Now I have to do all that stuff myself and frankly, some days it kind of sucks. But painting has become my play time and I’m very protective of the precious little time I’ve set aside for it. It’s become my time to recharge and relax in a way that I just can’t get from doing anything else. Not even wine. And that’s saying a lot.

During that amazing time when I’m holding my paint brush, I fall into a zone and time begins to slow down a bit. Just like when I was a kid. All the noise of the world goes away and it’s just me and those little swirling pools of pigment and water. I’m not actually shutting the world out so much as letting it all in. Letting my thoughts and everything I experienced that day wash over me without really stopping to question anything. Every worry, every little doubt, flows out onto the paper and I’m left with a quiet contentment. I’m at peace. And no matter what happens the next day or the day after that, I always know I’ll have this moment again.  Me, my pen, my brush, my paints, and that perfect little moment, when time stands still.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Teal, 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!

36 replies on “Day 24: #WorldWatercolorMonth

  1. That last paragraph says it all Charlie!! Painting is my escape, providing that perfect little moment when time can stand still. I had a white version of your clock when I was growing up. I can still remember the clattering of that ring every school day morning. 🙂 Memories……. Thank you.

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  2. Charlie, just reading your last paragraph made me feel peaceful and I wholeheartedly agree with you! We are truly blessed to be able to experience this through watercolor, in my opinion. Now, for that noisy, skillfully painted alarm clock – I might have been known to throw a pillow at a similar one back in the day 😉

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  3. Well it’s about time! This certainly makes me tick! 😉 How wonderful. I have one of these at my bedside, but have never used the alarm, for that terror you mention would just be too much at the start of the day. When I was younger I had a digital clock whose alarm sound was your own personal recording. A sixty-second loop of me shouting insults at myself proved surprisingly good for getting me out of bed, so naturally I didn’t use it for very long! 😉

    Yes, things move so fast, it’s nice to have a device with which to slow it all down; I’m sure it’s a good thing you’re depending more on the doodlewashes than wine for that! Your contentment is clear with each post.


  4. Indeed it was terror every morning, one of these had to wake me up when I was still in school. And it still has a place in my cupboard, hiding behind books and candles and stuff. And it is a red one too just a little more oval shaped:-) I always look forward to your doodlewashes and thoughts!

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  5. I love these vintage clocks, and you are so right, they made you get out of bed……my fruit brand of phone seems to allow the odd lie in, I think it decides, ‘ no alarm today, so you can sleep through’ not ideal, why does it sometimes not work? And it’s never loud enough! Fab doodlewash, this month is flying by 😀

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  6. What a beautiful painting, and Charlie, not sure if your words this time may have outranked it. What a wonderful way to express what we all feel when we squeeze in a little time for art each day. Just fantastic. Beautifully expressed and painted, my friend. ❤

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  7. I loved hearing you say ‘not actually shutting the world out so much as letting it all in.’ That’s exactly how I feel and why it makes you feel so connected. There’s nothing else like it, I agree!

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