A 31 Day Watercolor Celebration Begins!

Day 30 - Champagne Bottle Watercolor Celebrate - #doodlewashJune2018 Doodlewash

And so, our June challenge comes to a close as our annual 31 day watercolor celebration begins in July! Yep, World Watercolor Month has already started in some parts of the world, but here in North America it begins tomorrow. And if you made it to the end of our June challenge, then it’s just one more day next month to rock another challenge. I hope you’ll join me for this 31 day watercolor extravaganza as we come together to paint the world and spread the word about art education. There are so many new ways to give to Dreaming Zebra this year. First and foremost you can click the Artist Ambassador links at the bottom of the main page here. Each artist is donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of classes and/or products throughout the entire month of July! And you can also shop for cool souvenirs in the World Watercolor Month Shop, which features limited edition pouches from our Ambassadors, and, as always, 100% of proceeds goes directly to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. By the way, if champagne isn’t to your taste, feel free to celebrate with the beverage of your choice. I do actually enjoy champagne, but totally forgot to get any today so this is just another fantasy doodlewash. But I’m so thrilled for the festivities ahead!

I do have some art supply samples to give away via these posts, so be sure to check back here daily throughout July. And there’s a shiny new section in the main navigation of Doodlewash.com that will lead you to all of the important links you’ll need to celebrate World Watercolor Month properly and not miss out on anything. For my part, I’m still going to be rambling on with various stories and sketching as I go because it’s what I love most. For example, when Philippe and I have champagne, he’s in charge of opening it because he has a little trick where he holds the top and turns the bottom of the bottle. This has perfectly escaped me each and every time I’ve unsuccessfully tried it, so I just give up immediately now and hand the bottle directly to him. And my wonderful friend, Amy, learned to use a saber to slice off the top cleanly once when we were in Montréal working on a movie together and she still performs the trick to this day.  In short, it’s often wonderful to surround yourself with people far more talented than you and bask in their greatness.

For me, that’s been the greatest joy of our big little watercolor community. I’m so astounded by all the talent and often boggled by how artists manage to create what they paint. My role and goal is simply to help artists connect with each other as well as awesome art instructors while hopefully adding a little inspiration myself along the way. If I had a title in all of this, I would say that it’s your “DO Coach.” Someone who just hangs out with you and occasionally whispers in your ear that you can and should actually do that awesome thing that you’ve been dreaming about. And I’m right there alongside you, struggling to make something new each and every day as well. Failing and succeeding in maddeningly equal parts with no discernible pattern. For me, some days are great, and others can make me feel like I have no clue what I’m doing at all. But each new day gives me a glorious chance to try again. And that’s why I always show up. I have no idea what will happen next, but I couldn’t imagine not showing up each day to find out. So join me each and every day in July as our 31 day watercolor celebration begins!

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 Day 30 - Champagne Bottle Watercolor Celebrate - #doodlewashJune2018 Doodlewash

 

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34 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    I’m not a champagne fan, but yours looks so festive, I’d defnitely give it a try! I probalby won’t be able to all the prompts, but I will try to post a watercolor every day, and I’ll definitely be around to see what everyone else is doing — talk about being surrounded by talent! That’s the definition of this group!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Exactly! 😃💕 I’m always so amazed and humbled by what’s posted by our community! And prompts are super optional, of course, so just paint and post what you love most!

  2. Jill Kuhn 3 weeks ago

    Cheers to you, Charlie and all you do! 🍷🎨👍

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Jill! 😃💕Same to you my friend! I know I’m terribly behind on commenting this time of year, but loving everything you make!!

      • Jill Kuhn 2 weeks ago

        No worries, Charlie! I know you have a lot on your palette! hehe😉🎨👍

  3. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    Cheers to our fun and amazing “DO Coach”….A great bottle of champagne!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, so much June! 😃💕hehe… do you think I should have a “DO Coach” t-shirt? Wait no… mental exercise never looks as good in a t-shirt. 😊lol

  4. Sharon Nolfi 3 weeks ago

    Champagne looks great, and the perfect way to celebrate World Watercolor Month!

  5. Lisa 3 weeks ago

    FYI, Amy must be the coolest friend ever because hey, she must own a saber! None of my friends own sabers! 😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      haha! She is SO the coolest friend ever for that and a myriad of other reasons.. 😃💕 But yeah, the saber thing with champagne is kind of awesome. I’ve thought about getting one, but afraid I’d slice off my much-needed painting and typing fingers. 😊

  6. ANITA SINHA 3 weeks ago

    Very nice painting…a fantasy doodlewash..indeed…!

  7. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 weeks ago

    Cheers.awesome art. Here 1st July started
    On to day, is Sunday. I have posted happy july is our grand function. Congratulations 💐🥀 Charlie.yes 31st day i will be with you. thanks

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Awesome!! Hope you have a very wonderful World Watercolor Month, Snehlata! 😃💕

  8. Sarah 3 weeks ago

    Cheers, Charlie! Looking forward to the festivities of this month and hope to participate as often as I can! 😀 And Philippe´s trick with the champagne is awesome, though not as awesome as using a saber!! 😀 I always use a dishtowel to loosen the cork and prevent it from hitting the roof – lol! 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 hehe… and excellent champagne advice. When I do it… everyone ducks for cover! lol And yay for joining in for World Watercolor Month! It’s all about the celebration and posting whenever you can!

  9. Sharon Mann 3 weeks ago

    This will be an awesome month of art, I’m so glad I can participate! Thanks Charlie, for your community spirit.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yay! I’m so thrilled to know you’re participating, Sharon! 😃💕 You’ve been part of this community from the start! And that makes me so incredibly happy!!!

  10. LoriCtoo 3 weeks ago

    Here we goooooooo!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yesssss! Bring on the watercolors! 😃💕 Happy World Watercolor Month!

  11. I had a “Wine, Women and Watercolor” event at my house last night. My friend Patty co-hosted and we started a bunch of our friends in starting watercolor and had a really fun evening together. Hoo Hoo let’s get this Watercolor party started, and yes there was champagne !

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yay! That’s so awesome, Kelly! 😃💕 I hold Doodlewash Dinners with friends! Always plenty of wine to go around! It’s so much fun to paint with others. That’s why World Watercolor Month is such an amazing event!! Let’s DO this!

  12. Eliska Adema - artist 3 weeks ago

    What an inspiring post. I am awed and challenged by the range of talent in this group, and your never-ending enthusiasm. Thank you, Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Eliska! 😃💕 Painting is just fun, or should always be! I simply hope to get more people doing it! And the range is amazing in this group. Each artist is so very different and each has something amazing to offer and share!

  13. Lisa 3 weeks ago

    I googled World Watercolor Month and was amazed. You were one man with an idea and you have done something huge! This made me tear up. https://www.pahomepage.com/news/dickson-city-celebrates-world-watercolor-month/518595858

    You are leaving your mark on the world and it is in paint!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, that’s such a wonderful video! I love knowing that World Watercolor Month has reached and inspired so many people. But it’s not my mark… it’s ALL of us! Each and every artist who decides to join the community and paint the world TOGETHER! The world really needs it, now more than ever.

  14. Gwendolyn 3 weeks ago

    Wonderful champagne painting& no worries Charlie, I drank the champagne for you yesterday as i went to Toulouse to surprise my girlfriend for her birthday. I would love to have you whispering in my ear each day to give me the courage to paint your prompts, you don’t want to join me on holiday in Madrid do you?

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Excellent! Brilliantly done, Gwendolyn! 😃💕 hehe! Thanks for celebrating for me. And I loved Madrid when I was there, but wow… it can get seriously hot! lol I’ll join you via these blog posts for sure! 😉

  15. Sandee Setliff 2 weeks ago

    So happy it’s July, the best month of the summer!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      It is, Sandee!! hehe… I was never a fan of the heat, but I’m such a fan now with World Watercolor Month!! 😃💕

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