For our final prompt of “Sunset” in our June challenge, I thought of a bit of quiet time just before the light leaves the sky, accompanied, in this case, with a bit of cappuccino. It’s a lovely moment when a day comes to a close. No matter what happened or failed to happen during the day, it’s inspiring to know that a fresh day is on its way next. As well as a fresh new challenge! Next up, we have the greatest month for watercolor of the year as World Watercolor Month returns! I hope everyone will join in the celebration by adding the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth whenever you post art that features watercolors (or gouache)! Please join us all month long in July as we paint the world with beautiful watercolor! There are lots of international giveaways and lovely souvenirs to get in the World Watercolor Month Shop (100% of proceeds goes to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation). By the way, don’t worry if you miss a day in July, just hop back in and join us any time! I’m so excited to see what everyone makes as the Official Month-Long Celebration of Watercolor begins!
Tonight, I’m truly enjoying a tiny little break as the sun sets before the year’s biggest watercolor challenge begins. I’ve a brand new sketchbook ready to go and I’m thrilled for the month ahead. I thought about a champagne toast, but Philippe and I just picked some up and it’s not chilled yet, so I’ll be doing that tomorrow instead. I’m so excited and a bit nervous each year as July begins. It’s like holding a global party that very few people actually RSVP for so you have to wait until that first day and I see who all shows up via the hashtag. Yet, what I love is that I’ve received many messages from people excited to take their first-ever watercolor challenge. This makes me so happy because I still feel like I’m just starting out as well. I still get a thrill every time I sit down to paint and I still have so much more to learn. I’ll be celebrating four years of daily sketching and painting shortly, but as impressive as that seems, it’s still just a few minutes each day. During that same time, I’ve discovered and featured artists here who were relatively unknown at first and have since gone on to do the most amazing things! And so many artists that I met when I started this site are still constantly amazing me. What I thought was awesome art to begin with has morphed into something even more incredible.
So, in this quiet moment, I’m stunned into a happy and peaceful silence. I never imagined that my own journey would intersect with so many others, and I’m so thrilled and thankful that it has. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s possible for someone to show up each and every single day with art and stories, the answer is quite simple. I don’t DO any of this alone. I rely on each of YOU to inspire me and direct me as to where I should go next. I have from the very beginning, and that’s what’s made this personal art journey so much more fun! Doodlewash became the very thing that I hoped it might, back in those early enthusiastic days when I wanted to start an art movement. At the time, I have to admit that I didn’t even know what an art movement really was, but today, I know. It’s simply a bunch of naturally creative people stopping to share something beautiful together. This particular art movement is not about a technical approach, but about an emotional one. A feeling that pulls us to create with watercolor in a way that can barely be described. It’s a feeling I personally know quite well and it’s still the very thing I want to experience most, at the end of the day.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!