Day 26 – #WorldWatercolorMonth – Splashing Around

Day 26 - World Watercolor Month Splashing Around Kid Rain Boots - Doodlewash

When I was little, donning a pair of boots and running outside to start splashing around, our prompt today, was a total blast. It was like having a piece of a superhero costume that made you impervious to puddles. So one could jump in them and splash about with no cares at all. Incredibly fun! This quick little 3-color doodlewash is notable for being a bit  looser and including a bit of an actual human creature, which is totally rare for me. Part of the fun of World Watercolor Month is playing, trying new things, and splashing watercolor around. This challenge each July, comes with no rules at all, save the use of watercolor, so I hope you’ve been enjoying just splashing color away in whatever method and subject matter feels most comfortable to you! Actually, as an adult, I don’t even own rain boots. If there are puddles outside I find myself, instead, just attempting to avoid them in sneakers. This is probably for the best as if I were to have a pair you’d find me jumping in puddles and laughing hysterically like an overgrown child. Come to think of it, that actually sounds rather awesome, so currently adding rain boots to my Amazon wish list.

Today, I’m making a little splash with something that always delights the kid in all of us. Free stuff! Once more, I have a 5×7″ sample of Winsor & Newton professional watercolor paper and a professional watercolor 6 color dot card to give away. This is only open to residents of U.S./Canada and only to people who haven’t been told they’re receiving one yet. If you’d like to receive these, simply let me know you want them by adding the comment “I love Winsor & Newton!” while you comment below. The first 10 eligible folks to do so will receive one! (please watch for my comment back to you confirming, and check the ones on previous posts, as I give you a link to my contact form to send me your address!). Also, after today, there’s just 5 days left of this most awesome month, so if you haven’t yet, please consider making a donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation or do so by purchasing souvenirs in our shop, where 100% of proceeds go to Dreaming Zebra (these items will totally disappear on August 1st, so get yours now before they’re gone forever!).  

It was actually rainy here earlier today and though the gray can seem a bit gloomy, the colors pop all the more. That’s the beauty of life. Even when things are blurry shades of gray it just serves to shine a light on all of the colorful and amazing things that life truly has to offer. As many of you can guess who read my posts, I’m a hopeless optimist. It’s not that I never get discouraged, it’s just that I can’t ever stay that way. Each challenge life poses is just that. Something to conquer and get past. And best of all, those challenges present new opportunities, which are really the coolest bits of life there are!  If it weren’t for this or that challenge I’ve faced, I might not even be here with you, rambling today. They say, whoever they are, that things all happen for a reason. And I believe this. So in that logic, there’s nothing that could possibly resemble failure. When we try new things, and play, letting the child inside us guide us, we can make miracles happen. We can turn our biggest hopes and dreams into a reality. We can even make 31 watercolors in 31 days. Because it’s nothing more difficult than simply showing up to paint, letting the colors flow mysteriously, as we find ourselves happily splashing around.

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About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, and Cobalt Turquoise. 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!
Day 26 - World Watercolor Month Splashing Around Kid Rain Boots - Doodlewash

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  1. Anne Albriht 4 years ago

    Your detail is amazing. I see those feet moving through the water. Is there someone out there who can teach me how to paint water and glass? Something I strive for and still hope to master someday!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Anne! 😃💕Aww I love to paint glass and water! One day I hope to make a tutorial of some kind, but there are others in our community far better at showing how it’s done. For water… it’s simply about high contrast horizontal lines… this creates a sense of reflection. Check out the Doodlewash tutorials and there are several there from beginner to advanced that demonstrate how to paint water –

  2. Julia Proulx 4 years ago

    I love your hopeful optimism Charlie. You and your daily art, lead me by example to treasure the magic of each day, and keep the art happening.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      That is quite possibly the coolest comment I could hope to receive! 😃💕Thanks, Julia! My primary role in all of this is to simply show up, prove it’s possible, and inspire creativity! 😉 Glad it’s working! hehe

  3. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    Your three colors are a wonderful combination and suitable for such an optimistic post!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕I’m totally a limited palette kind of guy. Mixing colors is just way too much fun!

  4. Cathy 4 years ago

    I love Winsor Newton!

  5. rubiescorner 4 years ago

    This is clear, defined art at its best. I love walking in the rain, and when I was young, I had boots.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      That’s such a lovely compliment! Thank you so much, Rubie! 😃💕Yay to walking in the rain and memories of being young… and having boots.

  6. Karen colson 4 years ago

    I love Windsor newton ..and remembering splashing in the!

  7. Sheila 4 years ago

    I love Winsor Newton!

  8. Carol 4 years ago

    Love this, and I followed the link to the Amazon wishlist hoping to find what you’d like ;). I always tell my kids that my wishlist is public so there is never any doubt! Can’t believe the month is almost over. Still splashing around over here and looking forward to participating in the final days of WWM!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Carol! 😃💕haha! I almost sent that link to my own Amazon wishlist. I mean, who knows, right? Maybe someone would send me a present! lol But I only update it before Christmas so I can HINT to Philippe about what I might need this year. And YAY to still splashing around for World Watercolor Month! I’ve not been able to comment hardly at all this month, but I’ve seen and love what you’re making!! ❤️

  9. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    Those boots and reflections look amazing! I’ve never owned rain boots, but the hot pink makes me want some.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕hehe… you totally need to hop on Amazon immediately and some hot pink rain boots! lol

  10. Anita Sinha 4 years ago

    Nice three color rain boots….and yes…everything happens for a reason…I totally agree….!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Anita! 😃💕Glad you liked this like primary doodlewash and story!

  11. Karen 4 years ago

    I love Windsor & Newton!

  12. Lisa 4 years ago

    I love your boots. I never owned rain boots myself. I must have been a deprived child. But, if there was a rainstorm with no thunder and lightning, mom would let us out on our swimsuits and play in the rain. I can almost capture in my head the wonderful smell of those storms.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕Rain boots were the best.. you should totally get some! hehe And yes! That smell of storms… it’s absolutely unique and unforgettable.

  13. Elizabeth Reich 4 years ago

    Thank you for your last paragraph of ramblings. I loved splashing in the rain, rain boots or sneakers… now I love creating colorful puddles and I love Winsor & Newton.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      So happy you enjoyed the ramble, Elizabeth! And yay to splashing around and Winsor & Newton! Send me a note with your full name and address via my contact form and I’ll get a sample sent your way! 😃💕-

  14. SnehLata Maheshwari 4 years ago

    Loved your boots beautiful shades.
    The creation by you i love that.n the festival of colours in July.
    Thanks so much lie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕Aww I love the phrase “festival of colours”! That’s definitely what July has become! Happy World Watercolor Month!

  15. M. M. 4 years ago

    Great puddle. I love how juicy it looks. Almost soapy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Mary Roff 4 years ago

    Love the boots and the water is fabulous. Wonderful colors an philosophy as always.

  17. LoriCtoo 4 years ago

    I love Winsor & Newton! I might be too late, but still my opinion. :p

  18. Brian Bartlett 4 years ago

    I love Winsor & Newton! Love the boot painting too!

  19. Kathy 4 years ago

    I seriously do love Windsor and Newton watercolor paints 🙂

  20. Kathy 4 years ago

    Love all these watercolor images too … and Doodlewash 🙂

  21. Martha Brogdon 4 years ago

    I love Winsor & Newton!

  22. Courtney Zadik 4 years ago

    I love Windsor & Newton!!!

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