As we come to the end of first annual World Watercolor Month, I felt we needed a little champagne to celebrate this historic event! Thousands of artists all over the globe came together to paint each day, filling the world with beautiful watercolors. New techniques were discovered, new ideas were formed, and new friends were made across oceans and borders. A little spark of an idea ignited a global movement, resulting in over 18,000 Instagram posts, countless tweets and pins (seriously, I have no idea how to count those), over 4,000 artists in our Facebook Group, and, best of all, hundreds of art supplies delivered to kids who really need them through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. I always wanted this to be about more than hashtags, and to make a real difference in the world. Together, we did just that, in so many ways. I just want to say, much love to each and every one of you for making this happen.
Whether you finished the 31 watercolors challenge or not, you’ve all succeeded in making this crazy world more beautiful than it was before. I can’t help but think back to last July when I first picked up a brush to try watercolor. That horrible tree I made. I was so intensely proud of that thing. I wanted to share my instant love of the medium with the world, but couldn’t find a group that would let me paint with the freedom to try anything. I felt so alone. But here we are, a year later, and I’m a proud member of the newly christened World Watercolor Group. A collection of artists who simply paint with watercolor. That’s it… no rules. We paint and sketch whatever moves us and in an amazingly diverse number of methods and styles. It’s truly inspiring!
We’re plein air painters, studio artists, urban sketchers, illustrators, abstract artists, and doodlewashers! And, often, all of the above! We’ve come together around a simple idea that’s not about how we paint, but why we paint. For the love of the medium. Taking bits of watercolor paint and swirling it around to create what’s in our photo, our head, or sitting right in front of us. We use any other medium we like in the mix and cherish the freedom to do so. And we know that art is always made better when you’re painting with friends. So, I just want to say thank you, my wonderful friends, for not only making this an incredible month, but starting a creative movement that will continue to change the world.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Quinacridone Gold, Permanent Green Pale, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia 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!