Day 31: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 31: #WorldWatercolorMonth Champagne glass with splashing strawberries

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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  1. circadianreflections 6 years ago

    Congratulations on a wonderfully, fun, and successful month Charlie! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your paintings, and those of many others here on WP and Instagram.

    I’m looking forward to the continuing adventure!


  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Thank you, Charlie, for bringing together so many wonderful people and sharing the joy of painting.
    Your upbeat enthusiasm is infectious. This is always a blog where I smile when I see the day’s contribution.

    • Author

      Awww what a sweet thing to hear! I’m so happy you like this blog, Sharon. It’s a lot of work, but it makes me happy. Glad it makes you smile! 😃💕

  3. twistedsisterweb 6 years ago

    Makes me want to paint! Job well done!

  4. Love that little splash!

  5. Cheers Charlie, and congratulations on forming such a fantastic global group, one proud daddy I am sure. You have brought so many friends together, a real superman task ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  6. Margaret Parker Brown 6 years ago

    What an amazing feat that you pulled together…..and what a fantastic doodle! I bet you are happy and tired all at the same time.

    • Author

      Thanks, Margaret! 😃💕Hehe…yes!! I’m both! Thrilled and exhausted! Lol But it was soooo worth it! I’m humbled by how many people joined together for this. It was astonishing! 😊

  7. Sharon Mann 6 years ago

    What a beautiful way to end the WWM, your champagne painting is exquisite. You must be on Cloud 9, a grand idea that became a worldwide phenomenon. Thank you for inviting the world to participate, world peace can begin with water colors and a paint brush. The children that receive the art supplies now have the opportunity to share their creative visions.

    • Author

      Thanks so much for being a part of it, Sharon!! 😃💕Yeah, it’s truly been a wonderful event! And do think painting the world with watercolor is a good start. If nothing else, bringing people around the world together is always a positive start! And I’m so excited that we were able to help our future young artists in the process. Really a phenomenal month!! 😃

  8. Teri C 6 years ago

    A fantastic painting to end this fantastic month! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this huge success. I have loved following all the beauty that was painted. 💓💓

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Teri! 😃💕So thrilled you were a part of it! It was truly incredible and I’m excited to keep painting with friends from all over the world moving forward!

  9. Jodi 6 years ago

    Cheers Charlie O to a great month! You did it! And look at that amazing champagne doodlewash to celebrate! Now that this busy month is over…. you must have so much extra time on your hands! 🙂 (hint hint!) LOL! <3

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jodi!! 😃💕Can’t thank you enough for your support in playing along and helping promote this month! And wow…you are hot on that video! Haha I’ll see what I can do! 😉

      • Jodi 6 years ago

        I am indeed! 🙂 Hot Hot Hot on that video 🙂

  10. kiddermail 6 years ago

    I think I heard about this from someone who was teaching a class on the Skillshare site. I am SO glad I heard about it and participated! I only painted 18 paintings, but that is way more than I have painted any other month. I am motivated to keep going and set challenges like this for myself on a regular basis. Thanks!

  11. Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

    Cheers Charlie for a fantastic month of FUN!! And thank you for inspiring me to paint a watercolor each day. 😃🎨💕 Some days weren’t easy but I did it anyway – practice not perfection is what I kept telling myself… It is super AWESOME to see so many different artists participating and ALL the wonderful talent out there, including YOU, my friend! So definitely a cheers for accomplishing your goal! 🌟🌟🌟

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Jill!! 😃💕Can’t thank you enough for playing along! And loved see what you painted!! A fabulous collection! It’s been an amazing month! I feel like I should rest all of August but that’s sooooo not going to happen! Lol Can’t stop now! Hehe New adventures await! Hope you’ll play when you can in August! 😉🎨

      • Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

        Thanks Charlie! ❤️ Looks like you have some fun challenges for August. 😄🎨 I hope you got some rest this weekend. 🍷

  12. theturtle 6 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie 🙂
    on coming up with something so awesome as “doodlewash” and on bringing so many together for WorldWaterColorMonth , creating a real worldwide artistic movement and at the same time finding a way to help children have access to art supplies 🙂
    Turtle Hugs <3

  13. Carmel Campbell 6 years ago

    Congratulations and thank you for inspiring artists and helping bring art to children in need 💓

  14. M. L. Kappa 6 years ago

    Well done, Charlie! The whole thing has been a fantastic success. And a fitting image to finish! I could murder one of those right now! (On a Monday morning!! He he)😋🍾🍾🍾🎉🎉🎉

    • Author

      Haha! Oh don’t think I didn’t consider it on the morning of August 1st! What a month!! I’m tired and happy! hehe… Thanks so much for being a part of it my friend. 😃💕

  15. Rebecca 6 years ago

    Well said, I’ll raise a glass to that, and to you for being the Catalyst. 🙂

  16. ann christina 6 years ago

    What a wonderful post, Charlie, and what a wonderful idea you brought to life! WWM will continue, and I´m so happy to be a member of WWG! It´s always better together, you´re so right about that.
    Love your strawberry champaign, looks so fresh and tasty! 🍸🍓 Cheers!!!

    • Author

      Yay! So thrilled you’re a member of WWG! hehe… it is definitely more fun to paint with friends. Here’s to an inspiring group moving into August and beyond! 😃💕

      • ann christina 6 years ago

        Yay! And it´s so lovely to see that the world is full of creativity and kindness! 🌞💞

  17. Noémie 6 years ago

    Thank you 🙂

  18. Sissh 6 years ago

    Beautiful painting Charlie! What an excellent way to end this fantastic month of worldwide doodlewashing 😀 Big Congratulations for pulling off such a feat!!

  19. The Leaf Diary 6 years ago

    This is a great watercolor Charlie!

  20. waynejacques 6 years ago

    Charlie – Great job in creating this group and all you have accomplished over this past year. Amazing improvement in your work as well. Cheers and keep up the great work!

    • Author

      What a wonderful compliment, Wayne! Thanks so much!! I really appreciate it. I can never tell if I’m getting better or just painting a lot! 😊Lol Either way it’s fun!

  21. memadtwo 6 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie, well done. (K)

  22. Way to go, my friend! Cue the applause, I say! Beautiful work, thanks for inspiring us all!

  23. beverlydyer 6 years ago

    Way to go Charlie!!

  24. 4,000 artists! That really is incredible, Charlie. Congratulatiuosn for bringing together so many people in one month. Ever thought of working for the U.N.?

  25. ringobingodingo 6 years ago

    This is wonderful! Wish I could draw as well as you – this really makes me want to give it a go 🙂

  26. Jacob 6 years ago

    Charlie Charlie Charlie! Look what you’ve done! Look what that ‘horrible’ tree grew into! Those numbers are incredible. You’re incredible for the positive thing you have kick-started. In a hundred years, those enjoying World Watercolour Month will be raising a (doodlewashed) glass just like this one, I’m sure!

    • Author

      Hehe… hopefully they won’t spill like this one though! Thanks so much, Jacob! It was truly an amazing month and more than a little overwhelming with the sheer number of participants. I’m humbled so many people showed up to the party! And It’s cool to keep the party going as World Watercolor Group! Now… I need a another glass of this stuff… hehe

  27. anniedrawsthings 6 years ago

    It has been so amazing to be a part of this, and I’m so excited to continue drawing and painting with all of you! Thanks for everything, Charlie. Also, this doodlewash is gorgeous. 🙂 Well done!

  28. Tom Merriman 6 years ago

    Cheers, Charlie! Look at what you’ve started… it’s a painting revolution! It’s been a fun month! And your strawberries look amazing (as does the champers!)

    • Author

      Hehe… thanks so much, Tom! I’m so happy you liked this one and have joined the revolution!! Let’s paint this crazy world UP! 😃

  29. Susan Feniak 6 years ago

    Cheers again Charlie!! I will be here when I can. Later this month for sure. XX

    • Author

      Whenever you can, Susan! Thanks so much for playing along in all of these adventures! You’re fun… if you didn’t come back, I’d track you down! LOL 😃💕

      • Susan Feniak 6 years ago

        LOL! Thank you. It’s a pleasure. I choose to be happy!! 🙂

  30. YesterdayAfter 6 years ago

    Cheers Charlie for the beautiful WWM we had and for the Inspiration, Creativity and Growth we all had during this amazing month! For you a big hug a big Cheers and a big Thank You <3 from that little lonely tree in last July to a wonderfully painted glass of Champaigne for thousands! Keep up with your spirit and creativity turning the world in a better place! 😉 <3

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Carolina for the sweet words! 😃💕 I really appreciate it! And thanks for participating in all the adventures!!

  31. artandmoondreams 6 years ago

    Phenomenal painting…love everything about it, colors, play of light..the little splash is brilliant! A toast to you for a wonderful sharing of your talent and vision…thank you for lighting a creative path through a troubled world…and thank you to your family for all their support as well….warm hugs and bubbly all around!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Haunani! 😃💕 It was an incredible month! I would never have guessed that many people would join together. It was amazing to see and be a part of! Glad you enjoyed it as well my friend!!

  32. Bravo Charlie on a your champagne – which is so bubbly and alive and on your watercolor movement! 👏 what a great job you’ve done bring people together.

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Eileen! 😃💕 It’s so much more fun to paint with others. So, I guess, why not thousands! Hehe… didn’t expect that, but wow! okay! Super fun!

  33. Art-Chap-Enjoin 6 years ago

    Sp glad you continued the group Charlie. I didn’t make 31, but really enjoyed joining and most of all I was inspired by all the paintings and sketches coming into my Facebook feed, rather than doom and gloom news or postings of what friends had for lunch!

    • Author

      Awww thanks for reaching out and telling me that! I love hearing that! Yeah… I wasn’t a huge fan of Facebook until this group was formed. I’m thrilled to be keeping it going. The world needs more beauty in it! (as does our Facebook feed! hehe)

  34. tranquilmasslife 6 years ago

    beautiful color

  35. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    The splashing liquid looks amazing. Very well done.

  36. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    I truly enjoy going through these older posts and seeing the improvements and the basic talent that was there from the beginning! By the way, thought I reply to the posts I read, and hope you’ll bask in my adulation, I know there are days when you are insanely busy (all those weekdays that end in ‘Y’), and it won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t respond to everything I write. When you’re fighting the clock, I’d rather you have those minutes to work on your art, so I can be freshly inspired!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… I always respond! I make a little time before my new post each day, and often it’s the only time I get to interact with people, so I enjoy it! 😃💕

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