Day 20 – #WorldWatercolorMonth – Wet & Dry

Day 20 - World Watercolor Month Wet And Dry Cookies And Milk - Doodlewash

If you’ve been following along with the official World Watercolor Month prompts this month, you may have noticed how open-ended many of them are. Today’s could apply to watercolor techniques that one wants to practice, or if you’re inside my head, cookies and milk. This is really just where my mind leapt to because I bought a little cookie at lunch and wished I had some milk to go with it, since it was a bit dry. Then, I thought back to childhood and how I used to love those peanut butter sandwich cookies that the Girls Scouts brought me. These I would only eat with a big glass of milk handy. I liked to dunk them just halfway into the milk, making that bit a touch soggy while keeping a dry and crunchy half as well. I’m not sure whether this was brought on by indecision or simply wanting to have the best of both worlds. But, I think it was the latter as I still like to live this way today. Before I give up and think it’s not possible to have something “both” ways, I usually discover that with a little dose of creativity it can actually happen.

As a kid, I always tried to figure out how I could have all of the things I wanted, while happily balancing the impossibility of those two things being able to occur at the same time. For example, if I couldn’t decide between characters that I wanted to be on Halloween I would create my own Frankenstein version of them choosing the best bits to make a costume. Or, if I wanted to make a project for school and couldn’t decide between two different ideas, I would just combine them into one inexplicable one. Sometimes the results were pretty cool, but other times they were just, well, inexplicable. Either way, it felt very satisfying as I at least came up with something a bit new and different that others might not have thought about. And I got to have it all in the process. This little act of always asking “what if?” is one that I frequently find difficult to keep as an adult. All that so-called “life experience” has left me with answers to so many questions. Or, at least, perceived answers because what I’m considering is a bit similar to something I’m contemplating. I’ve done that before and it didn’t work out as intended. But unless it’s exactly the same thing, there’s really no way to know if this time, it might not be different.

In many ways, my coined term of “doodlewash,” is a testament to my approach to life. It’s the best of both sketching and watercolor, completely free of any rules or restrictions, and involves just doing whatever feels right in the moment. That’s why you’ll always find all types of sketchers and watercolorists featured here. My hope has always been to rally people behind the wonderful act of creating art itself and not the way in which it is created. Sure, there will always be masters who possess insane skill that leave us all cowering in the corners wondering how they did that. But then there’s the rest of us. The masses who wish to create and make something beautiful to share with others. And while I’ll still be in awe at the sight of a painting in a gallery, I’ll equally be thrilled by the creation of someone who just recently picked up their brushes and started painting for the first time. Each piece of art has a story behind it and I find those stories incredibly inspiring. That’s what you’ll find here on this site and I’m proud to present them each and every month. An impossible mix of stories and art that don’t fit a pattern, but are indeed creating one. A path to a new art world where anyone can be accepted, as long as they possess the passion to create. Perhaps, it’s a foolish notion, but it’s at least nice to imagine that two things can harmoniously coexist, like wet & dry.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. Photo Reference by: Benson KuaLamy 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!
Day 20 - World Watercolor Month Wet And Dry Cookies And Milk - Doodlewash

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18 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    Very insightful post today. Lovely doodlewash, too!

  2. Lisa 1 month ago

    I’ve called many/most of my watercolors refrigerator art. I give most of them away and tell the recipients to magnet them to their fridge. I don’t feel bad about that because people with kids who bring home crayon drawings from school are just as thrilled with those pictures on their appliance as any pictures in a museum. It’s all a matter of perspective.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe! I totally agree, Lisa! 😃💕 I think any little piece of art that brings joy to someone is a beautiful thing indeed! I actually wanted to put mine on the refrigerator, but it’s not magnetic. Argh! hehe

  3. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Mmm… your peanut butter cookies and milk look deliciious. Although, it’s ginger snaps and milk for me. Darn – now you got me wanting some. Great ramble, as always!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… ohhhh ginger snaps are awesome!! I love those too!!

  4. Nancy Jackson 1 month ago

    I love, love, love your bit of hot water painting, the icetea is amazing too! The shiny colors in the tea pot and your ice cubes. I will aspire to that!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks, Nancy! 😃💕 I love painting glass for some reason… it’s so much fun! Glad you liked them!

  5. June Hadaway 1 month ago

    I love this story and the milk and cookies. Creation, no matter how small or detailed is a wonderful thing. There is nothing better than seeing the eyes of a child or an adult after they have created a piece of art. It’s all so special. .

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, June! 😃💕 I totally agree! It’s so wonderful to see that look of recognition… I made this!! And it’s not half bad! hehe I always love that!

  6. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Thanks for reminding us, we all have our own style and level of skill. A piece might not be art gallery qualitiy, but if it sparks a memory in someone, it becomes art to them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      So true! 😃💕 Art isn’t art until it’s experienced by others. So when that happens… no matter how many others are involved… it does truly become art.

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 month ago

    I think most of live a mash-up life style. We just have to decide if it’s what we want or what we want to change. Then we have to overcome the human adversity to change and get moving on a better path.

    Your doodlewash looks delicious and I really shouldn’t be looking at it at all since I haven’t eaten yet. Though I liked milk and cookies together as a kid, (today it’s tea and cookies) I was never a dunker and never understood the attraction. Soggy cookies, crumbs in my milk – yech! The only acceptable addition to milk is chocolate syrup.

    Also, Charlie, please consider starting my day with a lovely doodlewash of kale and cabbage.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe… thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Kale and cabbage, eh? I’m sure that would make a lovely doodlewash! And yay to a mash-up lifestyle. I think it’s just more fun in general. I admire people who can achieve a laser focus and a singular path, but I like to wander down them all at once.

  8. smzang 4 weeks ago

    “An impossible mix of stories and art that don’t fit a pattern, but are indeed creating one.”

    Yes they are…and a super grand pattern it is!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕You always make me feel like what I’m doing is something worthy. I can’t thank you enough. I know I break all the rules, but I follow all the ones that my heart writes. So it makes my heart happy to know you enjoy the outcome!

      • smzang 4 weeks ago

        I’ve said it before, Don’t ever change…you shine!

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