On July 3rd, 2015, I picked up a brush and for the first time in my life, started painting with watercolors. I was instantly hooked. In my sudden enthusiasm, I immediately started a little blog I called Doodlewash, a named I coined because it sounded fun and less intimidating than thinking I was trying to make masterpieces every time. On that sunny afternoon, I painted a tree and posted it to my new little blog for nobody in particular. There were no comments and no “likes” for that little tree, but I was proud of it all the same. Proud enough to sign my name and share it. That day changed my life and, best of all, lead me to all of you. Wish you all much love and days of joyous painting ahead! Happy 1st Birthday, Doodlewash!
It’s been such an amazing journey to go from that single little tree to creating World Watercolor Month and hosting a worldwide event for thousands of wonderful watercolor artists. I remember in that first month, I immediately started babbling on about creating a Doodlewash movement and even created buttons with the “DO” motto on them by the beginning of August. I felt so happy to be painting that I wanted to get as many people who, like me, had been “thinking” about painting for years to just go for it. I wanted them to feel what I felt. And most of all, I didn’t want it to be all about me. So, I immediately started recruiting guests artists. Well, I made my partner Philippe and fabulous friend, Aesha post their work alongside mine at least. But by July 25, I had made a new friend in the UK and posted a Guest Doodlewash from someone I’d just met! Cool!
Since that time, over 200 artists have been part of Doodlewash, sketching and painting on all 7 continents! All types of watercolor work is represented here, from urban sketchers, to plein painters, to studio artists, to abstract artists, to illustrators, to… well, insert pronoun… the only rule has been and continues to be something you made featuring watercolor or gouache! Same rules apply for July! And today, I’m humbled looking through hundreds and hundreds of beautiful watercolors from people all over the globe celebrating the first ever World Watercolor Month. You’re all amazing, and thank you for making this the best Doodlewash birthday ever!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Azo Orange, Gamboge, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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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!