World Watercolor Month has begun and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying seeing all of the wonderful watercolors posted online! (Facebook no longer lets me pull posts in so please join us in our Facebook Group if you prefer to post there). I was so lost in admiring everyone’s beautiful watercolors that I suddenly realized, wait, I haven’t painted my own offering yet today. The prompts are totally optional to use, of course, but I rather enjoy using prompts, so I will be following along with them all month long. First up is sunny days and the first thing that came to mind was limeade. I’ve learned never to question these things so I just went with it and tried a quick little doodlewash with a rare appearance of a background. Normally I’m just sketching stuff, but I figured I’d try something more scenic for the prompt today. Also, I’ve been craving a beach vacation so that was on my mind as well. Limeade was my favorite drink as a kid. It came in a tube of concentrated juice and rarely had actual limes added, but it was awesome to enjoy on a hot summer day. And a wonderful memory to begin our month-long celebration!
If anyone is reading this who has just discovered Doodlewash.com, I’ll give you a quick little overview. Here, you’ll find the stories and art of over 450 featured watercolor artists from every continent (yep, even Antarctica), a full social community of artists with groups and forums, art supply reviews, tutorials, and so much more! (seriously, just explore and have fun!). Reviews and tutorials are written by artists in our wonderful community. And, me? Well, I’m Charlie O’Shields, your humble host, founder of World Watercolor Month and mad scientist creator of this big little website. Each and every day, I make a blog post with a watercolor illustration along with stories on life and creativity. My posts aren’t typical of an art blog as they very often aren’t specifically about art at all. They’re a mix of musings and childhood memories involving the little things in life that matter most. I’ve discovered that analyzing each little speck of light and shadow in everyday things while I paint, has made me want to write about them. So, that’s what I do, and have been doing every single day now, for almost 3 years.
Yep, that’s pretty much my role here. I simply show up each and every day, proving that daily painting and creating is indeed quite possible. I’m a huge kid at heart and it’s the child inside that I turn to most of the time when my adult self is starting to question things in a boring and irritating fashion. I want to always be that kid who was sucking down limeades on a hot summer day and constantly dreaming of wonderful new things to DO next. And each of us has that little kid inside who never once questioned whether or not something was possible. If you’re trying to make 31 watercolors this month, then the best advice I can offer is to hand your paint brush over to that inner child. She or he will know exactly what to do next and do it with incredible glee, never once stopping to question things and wasting valuable time. Yes, you can DO this! And I, along with the rest of the world, am thrilled to see what you’ll make next. When you follow your heart and passion, you’re always guaranteed to find yourself enjoying the most amazing sunny days.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Leaf Green, Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia 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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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!