At The End Of The Day

Cappuccino Mug Watercolor Illustration

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.

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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!
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26 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 3 weeks ago

    Your cappuccino looks like a fine way to toast a sunset and watch June come to an end. I am sure that world watercolor month will be a success!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Another challenge done and the biggest one ever starting now! Yay!

  2. Mary Roff 3 weeks ago

    Yay to World Watercolor Month!!! Let the painting fun begin!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      hehe! Yes to that, Mary! 😃💕It’s such a fabulous month! So much energy and excitement! Happy World Watercolor Month my friend!

  3. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    I’m really looking forward to WWM this year. I don’t know how many of the prompts I’ll be able to do, but what really inspires me isn’t the challenge to do the prompts but seeing what other people do.. It’s a bit like surfing I think – waiting for the swell and riding with the wave.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yay to that Sandra! 😃💕 Prompts are perfectly optional… the idea is to simply add the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth to any watercolors you post! That bit is harder and harder to communicate since everyone does prompts these days… hehe… but if you make it and it contains watercolor… it’s IN! Add the tag and celebrate!

  4. Sharon Nolfi 3 weeks ago

    WWN has grown tremendously since I first started following you. It’s amazing and wonderful what you’ve inspired.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, it’s wonderful to see more and more people discovering it each year. It’s such a fun month!

  5. Lisa 3 weeks ago

    Have you Googled WWM lately? There are pages and pages of hits. Which means you have created a hit! I think that is so cool! I have only done a whole month once, but we’ll see what this year brings. I only buy a gift for myself if I finish. Incentive!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Lisa! 😃💕hehe… yeah, there’s quite a lot of World Watercolor Month out there now. It’s so awesome to see! Particularly since this one is unique in that it’s a non-profit event for charity. Yay! And yeah… I think you can totally DO it this year!! Let’s go!!

  6. LoriCtoo 3 weeks ago

    Ready to go! I don’t know why I get nervous, but I do. Lol Maybe the fear of not being able to do it for an entire month. Rubbish, I do that every month. It’s the posting I don’t follow through with very well. I cannot believe the year is half over also. Hallmark Christmas was on this weekend…..yeepee! I’ll need that capo in the morning to get the party started! Best to you for a great July WWM!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      hehe! That’s so awesome Lori! 😃💕 I get a bit nervous as well! Which is perfectly crazy because I’m the guy who has shown up daily for 4 years now! lol But, World Watercolor Month has so much excitement attached to it, that it’s intoxicating! Fun! We can DO this! And yay for Hallmark Christmas!! Love it!! I wonder if they’re still showing the movie Northpole that I worked on or not. hehe

      • LoriCtoo 3 weeks ago

        I thinks it is all month!! 🙂 I’ll watch for it so I can see your name and yell out,”I know that guy!” (sort of) Teehee

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

          haha! You totally know me! Most people never read the full post! lol 😉

  7. Robert J. Coleman 3 weeks ago

    Doodlewash and WWM are truly collaborative projects: feeding back and forth on emotional responses to the prompts. When I saw the ‘sunset’ hint, I expected a blast of end-of-the-day color, but was fooled by the cup of cappuccino–cool switcheroo! It’s your reaction to the close of the day and a time to relax. And it works well even if there is no sunset visible!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕Glad you liked and appreciated the switcheroo! lol I often do that… hehe… I make prompts for the masses, but I personally don’t care for painting landscapes often… soooo …. I switch things up a bit! 😉

  8. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    I really like the heart inside the cup and the colors you used. Looks so soothing.

  9. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    Congratulations on your 4th year hosting World Watrcolor Month. This is my third out of 4 to participate in….a lot of fun seeing what others create.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yay! I’m thrilled to hear it June! 😃💕Just 3rd? I feel like we’ve known each other from the beginning! And so glad we’re friends!

  10. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    Thank you….Same here Charlie!

  11. Girija Jandu 3 weeks ago

    Cool

  12. smzang 2 weeks ago

    Charlie says, “in this quiet moment, I’m stunned into a happy and peaceful silence.”

    I do believe that is the best definition of bliss I’ve ever seen.
    and that cappuccino, coupled with the sunset you implanted in the mind’s eye,
    is surely a grand example of such bliss.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yay to bliss! I think I’m experiencing it now more than ever, thanks to my childlike mindset!

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