Hello everyone, before I introduce myself I just want to thank Charlie for inviting me to be a guest artist on Doodlewash. My name is Rocelee F. Benedicto-Sheldon, you can call me Rocel for short (follow me on Facebook and Instagram!). I’m 42 years old, and a full-time mom. I’m originally from the Philippines, but have now been living here in New York, USA.

I am still learning from every single experience in my life as a full-time mom. Of course, sometimes I’m stressed doing a lot of household chores while at the same time missing my family in the Philippines. That’s also stressful.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting of lighthouse by Rocelee F. Benedicto-Sheldon - #doodlewash

My husband is super supportive and he pushed me to do painting to relieve my stress. So painting every day is a big reliever for me and relaxes me. Thanks to you Charlie for having a monthly challenge. Sometimes, I could not think what I should paint, but because of everyday challenges and prompts it really helps me a lot.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting of November 2016 Doodlewash World Watercolor Group Art Challenge by Rocelee F. Benedicto-Sheldon - #doodlewash

I would say I’m a lover of all things beautiful and I’m passionate about the arts. I paint because it has a healing effect on me.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting of flowers by Rocelee F. Benedicto-Sheldon - #doodlewash

I’ve never been in an art workshop or studied art class. I’m just self-taught. Maybe it’s in our family blood being an artist. I spend my evenings painting, after putting in a full day’s work as a mom. We learn each day because every single thing that happens in our life changes us.

I am still practicing these skills, some new techniques using watercolors, and I really enjoy watching tutorials in Youtube. There is no getting around it. If you want to be a successful self-taught artist you must practice. You must not just practice… you must adapt being creative as a way of life. Seek out the practice that moves your joy.

With my painting, I feel so relaxed every day and every time I see my old artwork, I see how I have grown as an artist. I learn from my past mistakes. All I have to do is grab a few pieces of scratch paper and just allow color to flow and see the magic of it. When people see my artwork, I want them to feel the joy I felt while painting it. I want each and every color to pop off the canvas and have a healing effect on people (you can be healed through color therapy).

I want to inspire any young person out there that wants to be an artist, but doesn’t think that they’re good enough. I want to show them that they don’t have to be a popular artist to have “talent”. Art is whatever you have in your heart that you want to translate with your paint brush. I share all this with you, because I want you to know that what matters is not some degree you could have earned a long time ago. What matters is not what you do for your day job. What matters is that you believe in yourself, follow your passion, painting as your work gets better and better, each time you pick up your brushes.

I am very humbled that people like my artwork. Every single day is a blessing. I stop and thank God for giving me this wonderful gift to share with others. I really believe that creativity is in all of us. Paint as much as you can, you will get better every day.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting of water splash by Rocelee F. Benedicto-Sheldon - #doodlewash

And remember… never give up! Keep painting and painting, and enjoy!

Rocelee F. Benedicto-Sheldon
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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!

15 replies on “GUEST DOODLEWASH: Healed Through Color Therapy

  1. I have gone through all of the page and I must say: I am impressed by the talent of this lady. Very lively, bright, and vibrant water-colour artworks all in all. Her themes selection is from normal everyday life and she has created evergreen master-pieces out of them. I wish her all the best for her future and looking forward to seeing more of her brilliant works !!

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  2. Hi Rocel.. WOw nmn sikat ka na! Achieved! hehehe… Congratulations and goodluck to all of your beautiful art work. I know you will come far to these beacause of your talent in painting. I’m happy for you just continue to pursue your passion and inspire others. God Bless you my friend! 🙂

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  3. Hi Rocel… WOw naman sikat ka na! Achieved! Hehehe… Congratulations and goodluck to all of your beautiful artwork. I know you will come far to these because of your talent in painting. I’am happy for you just continue to pursue your passion and inspire others. God Bless you my friend.. 🙂

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  4. Rocel, all of your art is beautiful and a joy to view, but I must comment on the splash of water. You’ve rendered it so realistically that I had to check to see if my computer had gotten wet! That you are entirely self-taught makes me admire you even more. Best wishes as you continue to grow as an artist and also to obtain serenity in your life.

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  5. I am so proud of you my wife i have always told you that you are a good artist, I hope now you believe me now that you are a good artist. Keep up the amazing job and always believe in yourself. I will always be here for you and help you anyway i can. with love from your husband great job!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. What a beautiful post! I appreciate your honesty and admire your persistence. “Connecting with our creative courage” has been my mantra this year. It brings out our true authentic self. By the look of your work, you’ve connected within. It’s lovely. 💜

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  7. Hi rocel your story is inspiring .thanks to charlie and gods grace I found this group. Me too started painting to relieve stress that was going on .my lovable parents just went to heaven 2 years back in same month. To fill the vacant hollow I choose to paint. Now I am so happy painting daily and some how came out of the hollow.I am self taught and still learning .thanks charlie once again.

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