Hello everyone, before I introduce myself I just want to thank Charlie for inviting me to be a guest artist on Doodlewash. My name is Rocelee F. Benedicto-Sheldon, you can call me Rocel for short (follow me on Facebook and Instagram!). I’m 42 years old, and a full-time mom. I’m originally from the Philippines, but have now been living here in New York, USA.
I am still learning from every single experience in my life as a full-time mom. Of course, sometimes I’m stressed doing a lot of household chores while at the same time missing my family in the Philippines. That’s also stressful.
My husband is super supportive and he pushed me to do painting to relieve my stress. So painting every day is a big reliever for me and relaxes me. Thanks to you Charlie for having a monthly challenge. Sometimes, I could not think what I should paint, but because of everyday challenges and prompts it really helps me a lot.
I would say I’m a lover of all things beautiful and I’m passionate about the arts. I paint because it has a healing effect on me.
I’ve never been in an art workshop or studied art class. I’m just self-taught. Maybe it’s in our family blood being an artist. I spend my evenings painting, after putting in a full day’s work as a mom. We learn each day because every single thing that happens in our life changes us.
I am still practicing these skills, some new techniques using watercolors, and I really enjoy watching tutorials in Youtube. There is no getting around it. If you want to be a successful self-taught artist you must practice. You must not just practice… you must adapt being creative as a way of life. Seek out the practice that moves your joy.
With my painting, I feel so relaxed every day and every time I see my old artwork, I see how I have grown as an artist. I learn from my past mistakes. All I have to do is grab a few pieces of scratch paper and just allow color to flow and see the magic of it. When people see my artwork, I want them to feel the joy I felt while painting it. I want each and every color to pop off the canvas and have a healing effect on people (you can be healed through color therapy).
I want to inspire any young person out there that wants to be an artist, but doesn’t think that they’re good enough. I want to show them that they don’t have to be a popular artist to have “talent”. Art is whatever you have in your heart that you want to translate with your paint brush. I share all this with you, because I want you to know that what matters is not some degree you could have earned a long time ago. What matters is not what you do for your day job. What matters is that you believe in yourself, follow your passion, painting as your work gets better and better, each time you pick up your brushes.
I am very humbled that people like my artwork. Every single day is a blessing. I stop and thank God for giving me this wonderful gift to share with others. I really believe that creativity is in all of us. Paint as much as you can, you will get better every day.
And remember… never give up! Keep painting and painting, and enjoy!
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. 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!