Day 5: #WorldWatercolorMonth – Shades Of Blue

Day 5 - World Watercolor Month Shades of Blue Denim Jacket - Doodlewash

After yesterday’s post, reminiscing about Jello and time with family when I was young, our prompt of “shades of blue” took me to a denim jacket, also called a jean jacket. Though it’s been around for decades, during the 80’s this was a required costume for teenagers. I had one, of course, and wore it around proudly, often adding buttons for a bit of flare or just to cover the holes that appeared as I completely wore it out. The difficulty with jackets made from jeans is that they don’t really pair well with actual jeans, my favorite form of lower body attire. It just looks weird. This, of course, didn’t stop people from decking out in denim head to toe. There was a term used here in the early 50’s for this called the “”Canadian tuxedo.” This was because of a story where American singer Bing Crosby was refused entry to a fancy hotel in Canada, because of his unfortunate choice to wear denim on both top and bottom. Yet, this created a fashion trend that still pops up today. I totally get it. There’s nothing more comfortable than a great pair of blue jeans, so why not where them all over your body? And blue is a lovely color, so perhaps it’s nice, after all, to just stick with it.

I was always behind the trend when it came to fashion as a teenager. Whatever I was wearing, it was almost guaranteed to be last year’s craze or even something from the previous decade. I was completely behind the times, as they say. Looking back, I realize I just wore what I actually liked. I’d try on all of the fashions that were in vogue, but I wouldn’t keep wearing them if they didn’t feel like a good fit. I’ve taken this philosophy with me through my watercolor sketching journey as I try on various artist’s approaches and techniques. It’s a total joy and I completely recommend it! DO it! We should definitely be dipping our watercolor brushes in a new way, learning from the masters, and exploring all of the various ways watercolor can be used. But when you find a way you really enjoy, stop and take note. There’s a reason for this, and when you paint the way you love most, you’ll always produce something wonderful and enjoy the journey even more. And just like denim on denim is a bit too “matchy, matchy” to only use one style. Mix and match and combine various styles until you find the fit that’s uniquely you! 

And like fashion trends, we can still shift and change as we paint along this wonderful art adventure. But, if anyone tells you there’s a “right” and a “wrong” way, this should alert your suspicions. There absolutely isn’t in art. There are simply impressive and unique ways that artists have touched our hearts over time. Techniques and brush strokes that in themselves create terrific emotions and story. Steal these, and blend them into your own work in a way that fits you like a glove. Or a great pairs of jeans, or even that cherished jean jacket that holds so many memories. We are heading to the end of this first week of World Watercolor Month and if you’ve taken on the daily challenge, then keep on painting! Don’t stop! Have fun and play each day to discover those little bits of yourself that you didn’t even know mattered so much. The bits that define you as an artist, even if you’re just starting out. Our journey is all about finding the artist within and that starts with finding your perfect fit. A bit of flare and fashion, like a well-worn jean jacket, leading you to your next little artistic epiphany in simple shades of blue.

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 Day 5 - World Watercolor Month Shades of Blue Denim Jacket - Doodlewash
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25 Comments
  1. June Hadaway 4 months ago

    Great looking jeans jacket. I still have mine! Lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 And yay! I think I still have one in the closet, but I haven’t worn it in ages. I’ll have to change that come autumn. 😉

  2. Eliska Adema - artist 4 months ago

    I was a teen when jeans started trending. There was a store on Canal Street in New Orleans with floor to ceiling cubbies of perfectly sized jeans, waist/length, junior sizes, short, medium, tall, petite – half the price and less than the ones showing up in the big department stores. Their previous market had been working folks. At the time, you wanted your jeans to stay as dark as the day you bought them, so the fad was to fill your tub with water and vinegar, to fix the dye before the first wash. I remember thinking that the trend wouldn’t last. I also remember thinking that garage bands and guitar-as-the-main-instrument in a band wouldn’t last either 😛

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! Love that story, Eliska! 😃💕So true… I’m surprised at all the trends that I thought would disappear and yet even if they do for a moment, they come back again in full force!

  3. Lisa 4 months ago

    I love that jacket! Good paint job!

    I checked out your podcast again and it was perfect with the background music cut back! And I forgot to say that one of my favorite bits was the curly phone cord!😂😂 I used one of those until I left home to get more than halfway up the stairwell because teenagers have such important secrets that we didn’t want anyone to overhear! Lol .Murder She Wrote was a great show too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕And yay! Glad you liked the new mix! Mixing sound is completely foreign to me, but I’m learning as I go! lol And yay for the curly cord! Those were such great days. Trying to hide was actually impossible, but we still managed to give it a go! haha

  4. SnehLata Maheshwari 4 months ago

    Jeans was my favourite n still to. I think its never be out of date. Only new shades are in the market. I feel proud to wearing it.
    Your presentation of jacket is very nice . thanks for sharing ,n remindiing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Yeah, jeans are pretty much all that I wear these days. Still the most comfortable fit!

  5. Amy 4 months ago

    You have brought back so many memories! I loved my first jean jacket! Wore it to shreds, along with my knock-off high tops that had to be duct taped to keep out the snow. Your post is so revealing and well put… learning from others. I appreciate that.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, so much, Amy! 😃💕 I’m glad you enjoyed this! And yes to shreds! haha… I wore out my jean jacket completely along with my high tops. I think mine must of been knock-offs as well. We couldn’t afford any of the major brands. 😊

  6. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    Nice jacket. Mine still hangs in the closet…just haven’t been able to part with it …yet.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 And yay! hehe… yeah… I still have one lingering in the closet. It’s just too precious to part with!

      • Mary Roff 4 months ago

        Yes, lots of memories attached to that jacket.💕

  7. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    When I was a teenager, girls still had to wear dresses or skirts to school.. I was thrilled as jeans became more acceptable. I was shocked a couple of years ago. Hubby and I had one of those two week trials at a local gym, and one of the rules we were given was that pretty much any attire was acceptable except jeans. Huh? We never bothered going back.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      What?? No jeans? I would not only fail to return I would start a full on boycott! hehe I love jeans! 😃💕 They’re the best thing ever. On the top or the bottom! lol

  8. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    Lovely painting of an American classic! Blues are calming, subtle, and just plain beautiful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 So glad you enjoyed this one!

  9. loudspeak 4 months ago

    That’s a nice jacket, I wish I had one. I wear blue and blue all the time, and shirts that don’t go with my baggy jeans, but hey, I’m comfortable haha.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay to that! hehe! Being comfortable is definitely always the most important thing! 😃💕

  10. Susan Cuss 4 months ago

    Nice jacket, and good memories. Your story brought back many of my memories, too. Still love wearing jeans, but never did get the jacket……….

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 What? No jacket? It’s not too late… they’re back in vogue! You should get one!

  11. Dodie Davis 4 months ago

    Love it Charlie! You are a talented artist and author and I so enjoy your site. I especially like the piece about this site that brings people from all parts of the world together through art. The communication through the eyes of an artist speaks is an understandable language for all. A truly beautiful concept. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this brilliant website that benefits, well, the world!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That is the sweetest comment ever! Wow! Thank you so much, Dodie! 😃💕 That makes my heart so happy. That’s the exact reason why I started this site and I hope that it’s providing exactly what you described. Thank so much my friend!

  12. smzang 4 months ago

    “Our journey is all about finding the artist within and that starts with finding your perfect fit. A bit of flare and fashion, like a well-worn jean jacket, leading you to your next little artistic epiphany in simple shades of blue.”

    This not only relates to doodlewash, it reflects life in general, in a myriad of beautiful shades, of which blue and emerald green are my favorites. I still have my jean jacket.
    It fits a bit tighter, but those brassy buttons still button.

    Keep on keeping on, Charlie. You do good things. Please don’t ever change.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sarah! 😃💕hehe… emerald green is one of my fave colors as well! I think because of Wizard of Oz, though. And yes to still having that jacket! I feel the same about my older clothes that I just can’t part with. But hey… nothing wrong with something fitting like a glove! 😉

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