Celebrating Five Years!

Birthday Cake Candles Five Watercolor Illustration Painting

Happy World Watercolor Month 2020! I’m always one of the last people to join the party, even though I’m the host. Quick reminder that to join the celebration all you need do is to add #WorldWatercolorMonth each time you post any art featuring watercolors (or gouache) on social media. If you’re following the optional prompts, like me, then the first one up is “Rejoice,” which means to show great joy or delight. Indeed, I’m smiling bigger than ever, but since I don’t paint people, I can’t show you what that looks like. So, with little time to spare, I made a quick 3 color doodlewash of a slice of cake. This is a special anniversary cake with five candles as this is the 5th anniversary of World Watercolor Month! Also, in just a couple of days, it’s my own personal anniversary of 5 years of consecutive daily painting and sketching. Yep, I’ve never missed a day of painting in 5 years! I had a friend ask me if that was some sort of world record, but I think there are more seasoned artists who probably already have me beat. No matter, as it’s always the DOing that brings me the most joy and delight!

I have to admit that on the first day of World Watercolor Month I find myself just trying to keep up with all of the questions, comments and emails, and then I just get totally lost looking at all of the glorious paintings that are posted. This is probably not how a super productive person approaches things. But, it’s precisely how a passion-led person gets things done. Though it feels very frenetic and like one person couldn’t possibly keep up with it all, my heart is overwhelmed. Not from stress, as that’s easy enough to deal with, but from just the sheer euphoria of seeing all of the beauty that people make in this world. I adore seeing people just starting out and posting what they create. Sometimes their posts are a touch apologetic, as I think mine can be at times even still. But, what I want to do is reach out and virtually hug them and whisper in their ear, “You’re already beautiful. Don’t lose that gorgeous personality in an effort to become perfect.” Nobody ever truly remembers things that are perfect.

While technique is a wonderful thing to practice, I truly believe that if we were to all only master technique, we would simply look alike. We’re not telling stories and sharing our soul at that point, we’re just practicing brush strokes. So, enjoy those artist instructors you love and follow along with what they have to show you, but listen very closely to what they have to tell you. It’s in those moments that you’re truly learning what it means to be an artist. And our fantastic World Watercolor Month Ambassadors are all hand-picked because they embody this very idea (You can see and support them all on the main World Watercolor Month page here). Yep, it’s been five years that I’ve been showing up and sharing my little painted doodles and story, and yet it feels like no time has passed at all. If you’re still reading this and made it this far, then you’re one of those special people who have kept me going this entire time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing me to the place where I can joyfully proclaim that I’m “celebrating five years!”

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  1. Cathy 3 years ago

    Bonjour, un bon anniversaire et félicitations, tous les jours j’ai vôtre bel écrit, et vôtre magnifique aquarelle – je suis abonnée, de France, je traduis le texte, j’adore vous suivre, je n’ai jamais su faire, pour y mettre mes dessins, pas grava, je suis débutante, je ne puis vous mettre un tous les jours, je ne sais pas comment voir les autres qui le font, comme vous – peut-être qu’un jour devriez vous re expliquer tout çà – juste pour ces 5 ans, dire que je vous adore mais qu’il serait bien de changer plus les dessins qui sont trop sur la nourriture – vous êtes gourmand ok – mais il y a les fleurs, les maisons, les animaux, les personnes non ? amitiés Cathy

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Merci beaucoup, Cathy!! 😃💕 I hope you will join our community and post! All of the info is here – https://doodlewash.com/community/ – And there will be plenty of animals coming up as I prefer painting them to people. Animals can represent everyone regardless of race and gender! 😉

  2. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Wow oh wow 5 years what an accomplishment!!!And the cake looks delicious LOL
    I am glad I found this little place called doodlewash and you Charlie. You bring a joy to my heart every time I see you post or give encouragement to someone here on the site. Congratulations and here is to another 5 years and more!! God bless you in all that you do!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Aww I’m so glad you’re with us and enjoying Doodlewash!

  3. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Happy 5th Charlie! Boy that cake sure looks yummy!

  4. Jennifer L Bates 3 years ago


  5. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    Congratulations on five years! What an achievement! Even better, throughout those five years you’ve inspried 1000s to be creative and enrich their lives just by DOing! Amazing work!

  6. ~M 3 years ago

    Congrats on 5 years! That’s such a long time! And never missing a day… that’s incredible dedication. The painting today is one of my favorites. Keep going and I’ll keep looking forward to your posts. They’re always so inspiring to me. 🎂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 It’s really not tough to sketch each day, because it’s just so much fun to DO!

  7. Sharon Nolfi 3 years ago

    I can’t believe it’s been five fabulous years. Thanks to you for all you do to make this happen. Lovely cake – may I have a piece, please?

  8. Sandra Gilbert 3 years ago

    Happy Anniversary!!! I am celebrating as well.Today Mark’s 3 years for me painting every day. And I have both you and #worldwatercolormonth to thank for it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yay!!! Congrats on 3 years!! See? It’s not tough at all!

      • Sandra Gilbert 3 years ago

        No it is not, now what is tough is when life does try to interfere and I get all mama bear about it. 🙂

  9. Lisa 3 years ago

    Wow! Five years! To think I was messing with watercolors five years ago at the end of July when I stumbled on WWM on Facebook. It was kismet. I’m painting pears this month. One down, 30 to go. For a second I thought I would add a pear to my new painting every day. Then I realized that anything over five pears and I’d go crazy, so I’m not doing that!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe! Pears sound like a delicious choice! I’ve no idea what I’ll end up with… as usual! lol

  10. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Happy 5 years Charlie weeeeeeee!!! So honored to be able to be part of this with the lovely doodle wash community!!!! 🙂 😀 🙂 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’re part of our community my friend!

  11. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    Congrats on the 5th year anniversary, Charlie! You’re the reason that I had the courage to pick up the brush and post here and on social media although my works of art aren’t great. But you keep inspiring us and we can hear your whisper!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕 Yes… I’m always whispering “DO it!” hehe SO happy you’re part of our community my friend!

  12. brushparkwatercolors 3 years ago

    Congrats!!! Amazing!!!

  13. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie! What a great accomplishment! I can’t believe I’ve been here for 2 years. Yummy looking cake, makes me want to eat it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yay! And so happy you’ve been here 2 years!!

  14. Hninn Hninn 3 years ago

    Happy 5th year anniversary!
    So yummy cake…
    I will try this year to participate of every prompts of July-world Watercolor month

  15. Claire 3 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie. An amazing feat of painting but your short blogs also need praise – they are uplifting and very encouraging. Please keep it up as it is appreciated by many.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Claire! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoy my stories as well!

  16. Robert Coleman 3 years ago

    Congrat’s, a wonderful accomplishment, 5 years! You have poured your soul into the doodles and the essays each day and it stays fresh and applicable to daily life. It’s a refreshing view of life that you give us each day and we so enjoy it. Thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! What a lovely compliment! Appreciate it! 😃💕

  17. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Great doodle. Congratulations on the anniversary. I’m looking forward to this months challenges.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 And yay! Happy World Watercolor Month my friend!

  18. Linda Murray 3 years ago

    Happy 5 years of painting, Charlie! That is awesome! It’s wonderful to look back at some of your first paintings and see how you have grown! Delicious looking cake- would love to have a piece!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been quite a journey!

  19. Jerson Antao 3 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie on completing 5 years of your doodle painting and World WaterColor Group!!😊. Looking forward for more creative doodles and innovative ideas in your group. I’m happy to be a part of your Group too!….Hey Charlie that cake looks so tempting let’s take a bite before it gets over!😍😃. All the best Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jerson! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’re part of the group as well!

  20. Disha Sharma 3 years ago

    Many congratulations on completing 5 years of painting and doodling Charlie. Happy World Watercolor Month to you and thank you for providing such an amazing platform for the artists all around the world. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Disha! 😃💕 Hope you have a very Happy World Watercolor Month!!

  21. Heidi S. 3 years ago

    Happy birthday with 5th World Watercolor Month, Charlie!

  22. Fatima Chamkha 3 years ago

    5 years of doodling great achievement Charlie, i get to know you website when i saw an ad on Facebook about WorldWatercolorMonth so I discovered this community here i’m still here and enjoy to make friends here and sharing our daily doodles.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Fatima! 😃💕 I’m SO happy you’re here with us!

  23. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Congratulations on 5 wonderful years!!!

  24. Tao Barry 3 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie on achieving 5 years of a wonderful programme you have given the world allowing them to feel free to join free of charge, which is a great encouragement to all who have joined in last 5 years. I wish I could be more like you with all your Wonderfull paintings. keep fit and healthy, stay safe and above all keep painting Well done Charlie

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Tao! 😃💕 Can you believe it? 5 years already… time flies! Hope you stay safe and healthy as well my friend!

  25. Mary Elizabeth O'Toole 3 years ago

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Your efforts are much appreciated. Your sketches are fun and inspiriting and your joy is contagious. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’re enjoying my posts!

  26. Mugdha 3 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Many many Congratulations to you on the 5th anniversary of World Watercolor Month! Thank you so much for creating Doodlewash! Though Im a recent entrant here, I believe its also 5 years of your wonderful posts and stories that make one believe in the goodness of life. I truly hope that we all get to celebrate the 50th anniversary together. 🙂 I hope you get to eat a cake as delicious as the one you’ve painted. Thank you for making the world such a lovely place!


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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’re here on Doodlewash and enjoying it!

  27. Tom 3 years ago

    Happy Fifth, Charlie!
    https://wp.me/pVkLb-51w – my painting today is based (very loosely!) on something a lot older! 😀

  28. Linda 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Five yeaers is a great achievement!

  29. youjustneverknow504 3 years ago

    Beautiful words! And yes beautiful cake, but the words were my highlight. This is my first World Watercolor Month, and I have to say the prompts are definitely challenging. I did do people, but I forgot to give any of them hair. Ha! So a bunch of baldies singing praise to Jehovah, Yea!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 So thrilled you’re joining World Watercolor Month!! Yay! And bald is beautiful! hehe Yeah, the open-ended prompts are sometimes tough. hehe… but prompts are totally optional as well. Just make what you love!

  30. youjustneverknow504 3 years ago

    Oh! Duh! Happy 5th anniversary!

  31. Laura 3 years ago

    Congrats Charlie! What a wonderful world indeed.

  32. memadtwo 3 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie! Time flies…I truly can’t believe it’s been that long. But we haven’t grown any older, right? (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 I know, right? 5 years already?? And nope… we’ve not aged a single day in that time! 😉

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