Doodlewash Turning Two in July!

Day 30 - #WorldWatercolorGroup #WorldWatercolorMonth - Doodlewash Turning Two In July! - Birthday Cake With Two Candles - #doodlewash

Not only is July the biggest global watercolor event of the year, but it’s also the anniversary of the beginning of that little blog that started almost two years ago called Doodlewash. Today’s final prompt for June was fireworks, so I’ve pictured fire and some cake. Trust me, the fireworks are happening internally, as I’m so excited to see all of the amazing watercolors created during World Watercolor Month! Please, please, hashtag every watercolor you make on social media during July with #WorldWatercolorMonth so we can build the most amazing social gallery ever together! You don’t have to be participating in the challenge, just use the hashtag whenever you post your watercolor art and join the celebration! July 3rd is actually the official date of the Doodlewash birthday, but I’m celebrating early because I’m so happy with everything we’ve made happen together in just two short years. And even more excited that we did it as a group! Doodlewash isn’t about me, it’s always been and continues to be about all of you. I promise to keep creating awesome new things for us, and I hope you’ll continue to join me for the adventure! Much love to you all!

I was sent my three favorite colors by one of our awesome World Watercolor Month sponsors, Da Vinci Paint Co., and though one should probably make swatches when trying a paint for the first time, I just dove right in and made a quick little doodlewash using only the three colors they sent. I love the vibrancy in color! I didn’t have time for multiple washes as this is an incredibly fast sketch, yet the color came out bold like I prefer on the first pass. It was fun to jump in and try something without thinking too much about things. That’s how I started my little art journey. Just a lot of enthusiasm and excitement and a drive to simply “DO” whatever I felt like doing. Less than two years, when I post something today, there are a lot more people judging it. I get less likes if I do something too quickly and fewer comments, or occasionally even a “you can do better” comment. A part of me was worried and thought, I need to really carve out more time and make sure I create something stellar. The original part of me, the one that started this blog, said, “screw it!” I’ve never been one to make masterpieces. I just paint what’s in my head and in my heart. This is something that we all should do first and foremost. If a masterpiece appears, all the better! But it should never be the goal.

As we move into July and celebrate this amazing medium, I hope each of you will paint from the heart and share it with the world. We can be really tough critics of ourselves, but I’ve found that there is always someone out there who will love what you make. And that someone’s life was made special in that moment. And you, dear artist, made that happen. That’s an incredible thought, when you really stop and think about it. Even if you made something that the masses didn’t seem to love, there is always someone who loves it just as much as you did. That’s why I created a new community to bring us even closer together. Art can be a very discouraging journey as much as it can be rewarding. It’s tough to create each day and make something new. But together, I’m confident we can raise each other up to new heights. We can make a positive difference in the world and stay motivated no matter what each new day brings. Yeah, it’s a pretty grand and lofty plan that sounds almost impossible to achieve. But, that’s the beauty of the possibility and wonder you always tend to believe in, when you’re only two years old.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Cobalt Turquoise, Gamboge, and Quinacridone Red. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 30 - #WorldWatercolorGroup #WorldWatercolorMonth - Doodlewash Turning Two In July! - Birthday Cake With Two Candles - #doodlewash

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  1. zuzala 9 months ago

    Yea Charlie!! Sending you xxxs and oooos and congratulations on the anniversary of someone who thought with their heart and created something almost bigger

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Suzala! 😃💕 What an incredibly sweet thing to say. Much love to you my friend!

  2. Sandee Setliff 9 months ago

    I love your sincerity, enthusiasm and willingness to be YOU. That’s what made me join this group, it’s always disheartening that most people are just out for themselves but along the way you find little gems of people to surround yourself with. That’s you my man, a stellar masterpiece!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww you’re too sweet, Sandee! 😃💕 Thank you so much! I’ve always been about community… it’s just WAY more fun that way! hehe

  3. Sneh lata maheshwari. 9 months ago

    Love u jeny n congratulatioñs of what ever celibration r going on july I don’t know about lie but always be by heart m u r well wishers
    N the helping hand to gether good

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 I really appreciate the wonderful wishes! To you as well!

  4. memadtwo 9 months ago

    Happy Birthday! (K)

  5. Cathy 9 months ago

    I am very grateful that you started doodlewash and I think your cake is awesome! This posting is very uplifiting and encouraging, so thanks for the reminder to just enjoy what we do!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Cathy! 😃💕 I’m so glad I did as well… meeting so many wonderful artists has been the best thing in the world!!

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    You’re pretty advanced for a two-year-old – well, your blog is, anyway. Congrats on all the accomplishments and best wishes for this next year.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      hehe! Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, this little two year old has been busy this past couple of years. It’s been such a fun journey!

  7. garammirch 9 months ago

    Congratulations Charlie 🙂 You have made me want to paint again..and may be soon I will actually dig out my piant brushes from my attic!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks!! 😃💕 And yes please!! Grab some watercolors and jump in for World Watercolor Month in July!!!

  8. Phil Cooper 9 months ago

    Congrats and thoroughly well done on your anniversary Charlie. Doodlewash is just a delight from start to finish, you’ve created something wonderful and I hope you’re very proud. The blog has such a big personality, it’s connects people from all over the world and is full of joy and full of life. And that is seriously great slice of cake you’ve painted there 😊💐🍾🥂

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      What an incredibly sweet thing to say! Thank you SO much, Phil! 😃💕 This has been my little passion project for two years now and it’s been fun to see it evolve. I’ve honestly no idea what I’m doing with all the web stuff much of the time, but I’m determined to make a cool place for people to come and hang out! hehe 😃

      • Phil Cooper 9 months ago

        Well your passion shines through Charlie, and it’s a great place for people to hang out and share their work 😃👍

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          Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

          That makes me so happy to hear, Phil! 😃💕 I’m thrilled you think so!

  9. Kashfia Hare 9 months ago

    Congratulations Charlie! July is a great month, my daughter is also turning two 🙂 I am a new member and I’m very happy to find this wonderful community. Cheers to you and yours!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kashfia! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you’re a part of the community! And awwwww… happy birthday to your daughter as well!

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