For Day 20 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Olive,” I sketched a dove flying with an olive branch. The world seems to be so divided these days, and thoughts of peace and love are rarely seen in headlines. Yet, I’m always comforted in knowing that our vibrant community of artists are continually sending images of hope and joy into the world, one post at a time. It’s beautiful to see all of the watercolors created during July and I’m always left with a feeling of profound inspiration. Coming together each year like this to celebrate something as simple as a particular medium of art has a lasting effect of sending positive messages across the globe. It’s an honor to host this event each year, and I’m humbled by all of the glorious talent in our art community. And, thanks so much to everyone who has purchased the gorgeous limited edition products from our Artist Ambassadors in the World Watercolor Month Shop, and supporting our charitable cause of arts education awareness and the International Child Art Foundation!

There’s just a little over a week left of this historic month, and I’ve personally been having a blast creating a wide range of concepts and ideas. It’s given me a chance to play with watercolor and try different approaches of painting and coloring as I go along. I hope if you’ve been painting along this month that you’ve been inspired as well and learned something new! I’ve learned to trust my instincts more and that’s given me the confidence to tiptoe outside of my familiar comfort zone. I’m always amazed that I’m able to do things that I didn’t think I could do. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of trying. It’s been fun to visit my imagination more and pull images out of my mind. And now you know what you probably already had figured out. My mind is filled with cute animal characters in all the colors of the rainbow! Sometimes, even little pink furry aliens!

Philippe and I are planning a little weekend road trip at the end of the month and I’m excited to have a few days to relax and play. We’re not bringing our pup Elliott along on this trip and he’s staying at a pet resort for a couple nights instead. As adorable as he may be, sometimes having a little break from his unbridled energy and need for constant attention is nice as well. Of course, since he’s thoroughly spoiled, I’ve signed him up for a one-on-one playdate with a human and a nightly peanut butter treat. This will be the first time this year that Philippe and I have even taken a trip that’s more than 45 minutes away, so we’re well overdue. It’s a remote place in the country and there will also be a fair with corn dogs and funnel cakes. With the world favoring chaos, a moment away from it all is the best gift I can possibly imagine. And though it will be a bit bittersweet moment when the month finally comes to a close, I know that together, we’ve managed to do what can sometimes feel impossible… finding peace.

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10 thoughts on “Finding Peace

  1. Charlie peace is within you always, a gift from the Divine. There are good people everywhere but they don’t make noise like the losers do.

    I love the way you made those olives. I gotta try that.

    Have a great time away. You will come back refreshed and renewed.

    Take care.

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