GUEST DOODLEWASH: Using Watercolours to Unlock a Life of Purpose

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Coco Bee (Queenie Wong) - introspection

Hello, I’m known as Coco Bee (my actual name is Queenie Wong) and I was born and raised in Canada, currently residing in Montreal, but moving back to Toronto shortly (follow me on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and visit my website!) The calling from my artistic muse came 7 months ago where an experience of prolonged sadness had transformed a dilettante approach to art into a lifeline of needing to create.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Coco Bee (Queenie Wong) of blue wave

Having completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology and Neuroscience (B.Sc.), I am at present completing my Master’s studies (M.Sc.) conducting clinical research under the Department of Medicine in Psychiatry. A period of darkness in graduate school led me to adopt philosophies of ‘mindfulness’ and ‘art therapy’ for personal healing. Painting became my solace and a space in which I always felt an abundance of freedom, optimism, and relaxation.

I attempted to preserve these feelings of painting on film as a gentle reminder of hope if and when I had fallen back into periods of frustration and despair. I decided to share my work publicly, because I felt no one should ever feel this hopeless in the world. Should this make a difference for one person, even for just a moment, then I have left the world a little better than before.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Coco Bee (Queenie Wong) of abstract dance

Unexpectedly, I was met with an outpour of kindness and love. By combining painting with cinematography, music, and poetry, I have found art presented in this manner to be an noninvasive yet powerful and compelling medium for storytelling. Artwork that originally stemmed from a place of self-healing became the source in which I was able to inspire and transform the lives of others.

Thank you letters came rushing in. From a 60 year old woman that found the inspiration and courage to pursue painting to a stage 3 cancer patient that could finally relax and sleep from watching me paint. In the span of these 7 months, I have amassed a following of 40,000 individuals across the globe. I could not be more grateful and humbled by this experience. I have also now come to understand that my work resonates with others in a way that can allow me to do much good in the world.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Coco Bee (Queenie Wong) of tigerArt and my growing tribe, have given me courage to continue expanding the boundaries of my artistic practice from what began as small watercolour paintings into film and more recently music compositions. Simultaneously, I have begun to use my work to raise awareness and to fundraise for humanitarian and non-profit organizations, including art therapy programs for paediatric cancer patients like PCA and Aga Khan Foundation Canada for awareness of global poverty. It is my greatest hope to use my aspirations of becoming a medical doctor and an artist to not only help transform human pain into triumph but to continue leaving the world a little better than before.

That’s why I was so pleased to hear that the charitable partner for World Watercolor Month is The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, which helps support arts education by getting much needed art supplies for children across the globe. With the #WorldWatercolorMonth challenge, I hope with other artists that the joy and fulfillment we receive from painting watercolors can inspire others to see the importance of arts to the world. And we hope people will help us reach our goal by donating to our Art Room Aid project

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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!
26 Comments
  1. Margaret Parker Brown 11 months ago

    Wonderful post!

  2. Jessica Seacrest 11 months ago

    Hi Queenie, I remember seeing your beautiful work when you started posting on IG. I have a fondness for your message. I too use “‘mindfulness’ and ‘art therapy’ for personal healing.” Practicing mindfulness opened up the art channel for me. It is so wonderful that this creativity is pouring out of you and opening up in so many ways! Thank you for sharing your story. Your work and message is so lovely. 🙂 <3

    • Queenie Wong 11 months ago

      Hi Jessica <3 Thank you for leaving such a heartfelt message. Although art doesn't have to stem from pain, I suspect many do use it for self reflection and healing as well. Thank you again for all your love and support! A big hug for you <3

  3. Susan Feniak 11 months ago

    Lovely art. A follow on Instagram and a thank you to Charlie for sharing. 🙂

  4. Sue Dreamwalker 11 months ago

    Lovely share and wonderful artwork

  5. memadtwo 11 months ago

    Your paintings open many worlds. (K)

  6. Jill Kuhn 11 months ago

    I enjoyed your video so much! Always a JOY to watch an artist paint. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and creative spirit here. And thanks Charlie for the introduction! 🙂

    • Queenie Wong 11 months ago

      And equally joyful for me to have a space to share. Much love to you Jill! <3

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  8. Sharon Mann 11 months ago

    Such beauty and freedom!

  9. Teri C 11 months ago

    This is such a powerful post! Made me realize why I love making art, more for my mental health than just creating. Thank you both for sharing this. New follower here.

    • Queenie Wong 11 months ago

      You’re my heart beat resonance Teri. Much love to you <3

      • Teri C 11 months ago

        Thank you.

  10. debiriley 11 months ago

    lovely…. less is more 🙂

  11. M. L. Kappa 11 months ago

    Lovely work, Queenie!

  12. twistedsisterweb 11 months ago

    Beautiful!

  13. paintedstone 11 months ago

    Alright, that video was truly inspirational! Thank you!

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  15. beverlydyer 11 months ago

    Your work is stunning! The Art Prescription applauds your purpose and gift!

  16. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    The exuberance of your art and the passion you bring to the world inspire me with hope. Thank you for an uplifting experience, Queenie.
    Thank you, Charlie, for inviting Coco Bee to Doodlewash.

  17. Sarang Khanna 11 months ago

    This is very inspiring!
    And the video tut was very helpful! Thanks a lot for sharing

  18. artandmoondreams 11 months ago

    Wonderfully inspiring feature post, the art is beautiful and mesmerizing. Thank you Coco and Charlie for sharing such lovely gems.

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