National Oatmeal Cookie Day & April Featured Doodlewashers

National Oatmeal Cookie Day Doodlewash and watercolor sketch of oatmeal cookies with a glass of milk on a plate white background

And so we reach the end of another doodlewash adventure, and what better way to celebrate than with some oatmeal cookies and milk! It’s also the end of my birthday month and it was an amazing one thanks to all of you talented doodlewashers out there. A special thanks to everyone who played along this month. Your doodlewashes were the best presents I ever could have received! If you’re dying to know who those awesome folks are, then feel free to skip my ramblings and go to the end of this post! By my count, 32 fabulous artists joined the adventure this month, but if I’ve left you out or botched a link, which is entirely possible, please just leave a note in the comments and I’ll be sure to add you in or fix it!

National Oatmeal Cookie Day is a great day to celebrate for me, because I absolutely love these cookies! As for their lineage, they are the long lost cousins of oat cakes made by the Scots and the British. Oat cakes first appeared when the Scottish started harvesting oats as far back as 1,000 B.C. History. With regards to the classic oatmeal raisin version, it’s unclear exactly how or when the raisins got in there. The first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie was by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896 and since it was billed as a “health” food it became instantly popular. By the early 1900’s, the recipe for these yummy cookies appeared on every package of Quaker Oats.

That’s really all I know about oatmeal cookies so I’ll keep this short and sweet today. I’m just so happy to have had such an incredible birthday month to enjoy with my doodlewash friends. Thanks to all of you for making this month special. Doodlewash is all about community and it’s been so wonderful to see all the fabulous interpretations of the various days that each of you posted. If you missed this month or still want to play along, well, good news! From now on, I’ll provide a hashtag for each month’s theme if you feel like joining me at some point or all along the way! I’ll reveal May’s adventure tomorrow once it reveals itself to me. Yep, no clue what it will be yet, but this way, we can all be surprised together!


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M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pens with Platinum Carbon sepia and black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


April Adventure: “Doodlewash A Day”

Featured Doodlewashers


Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields
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!
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67 Comments
  1. Thanks for the inspiration and for creating such a great way to bring everyone together!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Eileen!! I appreciate that! Love bringing talented people together! Thanks so much for being part of the community!! 💕😃

  2. debiriley 1 year ago

    wonderful, funny, brilliant – I enjoyed every post Charlie!! you do have such a lovely wit, and truly amazing childhood stories to share!!!!!!
    ps, love oatmeal cookies 🙂

    • Author

      Awww you’ve gone and got me blushing again, Debi!! 😊Thanks so much my friend! Glad you enjoy these adventures!! 💕😃Stick around! More to come!

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        excellent! look forward to them 🙂

  3. Carol 1 year ago

    Charlie, I am so glad we had this month to share common doodlewashes, and I might have to paint some May national holidays because it will make me paint things I would not have painted otherwise. Thanks for inspiring us all, and I am glad you had a good birthday month. Happy birthday and happy Doodlewashing! 🎈🎂🍨🍺

    • Author

      Thanks soooo much Carol!! 💕😃You’re a dream! So much fun to play with you this month! And next month…you can celebrate days and still play with me…I think I’ve figured out what’s next! 😉👍🏻hehe

  4. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Thank you Charlie this was an amazing month to play along and celebrate you birthday! It was fun and a great way to get a beautiful community of artists play along together and get to know each other! I am so happy I joined thank you for including my name in your precious list! It will be fun next month I am looking forward and wondering about what next adventure would be! 😉 <3 btw your oatmeal coockies are gorgeous! Lovely colors and trasparency in the glass, nice shadow and the cookie looks real! Beautiful! <3

    • Author

      I’ve nearly got it all formed in my crazy head now! Lol I’ll reveal it tomorrow! I can’t thank you for enough for playing along. It makes making art soooo much more fun!! 💕😃

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Aww can’t wait to know! And you are very welcome and yes playing along make art so much more fun and this is what we want ! <3 😉

  5. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Thank you Charlie for all of the shout outs. I love oatmeal cookies too, and Quaker Oats had a great marketing tool. Your doodlewash is scrumptious and the glass of cold milk “the pièce de résistance”

    • Author

      Oh wow? Really? Thanks!!! Milk is tough…like anything white! Thrilled you liked how it turned out!! 💕😃 And thanks Sharon for playing along this month and your amazing support. I really can’t thank you enough!

      • Sharon Mann 1 year ago

        My pleasure Charlie! I can’t wait to see what you surprise us with next.

  6. More beautiful work from Charlie! Thanks for inspiring us all to join you, buddy, and thanks for the mention! My site is Create Art Everyday, but the link works great! Can’t wait to see what May brings for you and all of us! <3

    • Author

      Oh my gosh!! You know your own bro knows your site name! Lol …Darn you auto correct…all fixed! Actually…really fitting still!! Guess autocorrect has seen your work as well! 😉 Thanks so much Laura!!! 💕😃You’re amazing!

      • You’re amazing, Charlie! Truly! Thank you again for inspiring, encouraging and motivating us all to keep those paintbrushes wet and busy!

      • Author

        Aww thanks!! (Ps…I even had to edit my comment as it came through with an extra word. I swear it’s autocorrect and not the wine! 😊lol) You are an inspiration as well! It’s been so rewarding to be part of a community of people who push each other to keep on painting!!

      • lol! ((((((((Charlie))))))))))) It really is the best! <3

      • PS Happy Belated Birthday!!! I have another brother with an April birthday and mom too! (((((((Charlie))))))))))

      • Author

        Hehe! Thanks!! My birthday was ridiculously close to tax day. I’m just glad you survived that! 😉 My mom’s bday is in April as well. Hehe…mmmm…. are we sure we’re not related?

      • Lol! Hers is the 10th and his the 9th! It is strange lol 😘💜😎👍🎨

      • Author

        Okay… my mom’s is the 11th… or so she says… LOL…. but wow… that’s close! 😉hehe… fun! 💜😎

      • 😊😝😀😎

  7. Jodi 1 year ago

    Such a fun Charlie month!!! And cookies to end it with! Perfect! Looking forward to what May brings! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jodi! And thanks for playing with me! And being so complimentary and awesome in general. Really appreciate it my friend! 💕💕😃

  8. Jessica Seacrest 1 year ago

    Your so fun Charlie! I’m glad that you had a fabulous birthday month and so many people painted along with you 🙂 – totally awesome!! 😉

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Jessica! 💕😃It’s just so much more fun to paint with friends! Hehe…totally going to keep the invite for people to play along. It’s so cool!

  9. Teri C 1 year ago

    This has been such a fun month. Thank you for leading it Charlie!
    I’m with you on oatmeal cookies.

    • Author

      Thanks Teri! 💕😃 And yay! They’re so good…I know they’re probably not really a health food, but it’s fun to think of them that way. 😊lol

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    I’m so glad I found your site, Charlie, (you can thank Curious to the MAX) because not only are you a talented artist and a generous person, but everyone who follows you is wonderful as well. I’ve had a lot of fun stopping by here almost every day and seeing all the art.
    Only one problem: I tried to scratch and sniff the oatmeal cookie – nothing happened. Guess I’ll have to run out and buy some cookies. (Please do not suggest baking cookies. My kitchen is just for storage.)

    • Author

      Awww thanks Sharon!! I’ve been so thrilled that you’ve been coming by to comment! Love it!! 💕😃 And wow…doodlewash scratch and sniff would be an excellent book idea! I should make that!! Hehe And I would never suggest baking…I can’t even cook an egg appropriately. 😊lol

  11. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Hubby loves oatmeal cookies but they don’t have enough chocolate or cream cheese for me. 😜 As for raisins, it’s like that funny meme I saw at FB says, raisins that look like chocolate chips in cookies are why I have trust issues. Hahaha! However scrumptious your doodlewash is, I will have to pass on them and go for one of my other favorite cookies (and I have many, though none have raisins). 😆

    Thanks for hosting a fun challenge, dear, and including me in your list! ❤️

  12. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Reblogged this on YesterdayAfter and commented:
    A great thank you to Charlie at Doodlewash for the awesome celebration of the month April, that inspired me to create and post almost every day one of my watercolors doodlewashes celebrating the National Days! I am honored to be featured and be part of an amazing group of 32 Artists! Later on today I will post my last doodlewash for this month! I can tell you that it will bring you a smile! 😉

  13. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Ah, cookies and milk is a fun way to end the month! 😃 I prefer oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips myself. 🍪💕 But your doodlewash makes me hungry! Lol! 😍 I enjoyed playing along with your challenge for this month, Charlie. It made me break out the watercolors again which is always a good thing. 😃🎨👍 I really enjoyed all your stories with your art and seeing what others created too! Thanks for including me in your list. You are AWESOME, Charlie!! 😃🌈💕

    • Author

      Thanks for playing my friend!! 💕😃 Although you know if you hadn’t yet I would have emailed you and pinged you until you gave in!! Lol 😉 It’s so fun to have people play along! Hehe…and you’re so sweet. I feel lucky to have met you! 😃🎨

      • Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

        Lol! 😉 The feeling is mutual my friend! 💕🎨😍

  14. Carmel Campbell 1 year ago

    I enjoy all your posts. You put so much into each post and you do it each day. I am not sure how you do it. I am so glad you do.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Carmel!! 😃💕I really appreciate that! It’s tough some days, so it makes me really happy to know you enjoy the posts!! 😃

  15. […] the month of April with a doodlewash!  It was super fun for me join the amazing group of other 32 artists playing along! I want to thank Charlie for this beautiful and inspiring idea, giving us the […]

  16. Tom Merriman 1 year ago

    Nice cookies, Charlie! Thanks for the mention, by the way. My watercolour is more a smudge – or needs to be smudged – but it’s a start, so it’s all good! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Author

      Thanks Tom!! 😃 And your watercolor was awesome…glad you decided to join in! You should more! More! More! I’m a doodlewash pusher. 😉😊

  17. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Thank you Charlie! It was a blast! I will have to check the doodlewashers I have missed this past month.

  18. What a fantastic month, I am so sorry I could not join in more. I ate an oat cake instead, lol. I have really enjoyed having introductions to new bloggers…I see some I did not check out, so will scan your list better tonight. Thank you charlie😀

    • Author

      Just so happy you did play! It’s fun to do art as a community! Thanks so much Rebecca!! 💕😃 And an oat cake is perfect for the day! Hehe

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  20. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Oh and I shared this post on my blog. Hope that is okay Charlie.

  21. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Lifting my glass of milk in salute! Thanks again Charlie. (K)

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Kerfe!! 💕😃Was so thrilled you played along with both your amazing art as well as poetry. Fabulous work!!!

  22. anniedrawsthings 1 year ago

    This month has been so much fun! Beautiful work, Charlie and everybody!

  23. Kari 1 year ago

    Yummy! I love oatmeal cookies!! I’m not crazy about raisins so I usually add dried cranberries but love the texture of oatmeal cookies!

  24. Jacob 1 year ago

    I could definitely go for some milk and cookies right now, but then again, when could I not? They look so impossibly tasty – perfectly crumbly texture. Mmm!

    And it’s marvellous to see so many played along this month – lots to explore! You see, ‘army of fans’ wasn’t an exaggeration after all! 😉

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob! And Haha!! That last bit was an “I told you so” wasn’t it? It was a wonderful turn out! And so fun to see everyone’s takes on the different days. Made for an amazing birthday month! Hehe…and I really can’t thank you enough for the Zonkey!! 😍

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        It was a pleasure – I can’t thank you enough for bringing the beloved zonkey to my attention! <3

  25. Cookies :-)!!! Oh man, your food art is so appetizing! Glad you will be spreading the joy of tasty food next month. And thanks for the April doodlewashaday recap. Links to explore!

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 💕😃Yeah it was more links than I expected so this month I’m going to do a feature gallery so people can get a glimpse of all the cool dishes this month!

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