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Bunny With Paintbrush Painting Another Bunny Plein Air Watercolor Painting Illustration

We’ve reached the final day of World Watercolor Month and I hope everyone has had a fabulous time! It’s been a truly incredible month with thousands of beautiful watercolor paintings! A huge thanks to our Official Sponsors and Artist Ambassadors who have made this month even more exciting and amazing! For the final prompt of “Do Over,” I did a quick little sketch reprising the bunnies that have appeared a couple of times earlier in the month. I hadn’t sketched bunnies very many times before and so this month has provided some extra practice. In my imagination, if bunnies were to ever find an unattended plein air easel then this is exactly what would happen next. And for me personally, this has been a month to experiment and try more narrative illustrations that I was a bit shy to try previously. But, when you have the comfort of knowing that people across the world are painting along with you and cheering you on, it’s much easier to drum up the courage to try new things. And, way more fun! Thank you all for painting with me this month, and I hope you’ll keep right on DOing so as our August Doodlewash Art Challenge begins!  

Though I didn’t have much time for my final entry for the month, it was super fun to make. I learned this month that practice doesn’t always make perfect, at least not right away, but it always makes things easier and easier. Things get just a little bit better in parts and I keep learning so much each time I make a little doodlewash. And though I’ve no idea yet if bunnies will be the winning character for the storybook idea that’s spinning around in my head, I’ve loved spending time with them. And I know that if I just keep right on practicing daily, then everything will start to sort itself out. I’ll be able to see things more clearly and sketch scenes like this one, which can only come from imagination. If anyone has actually seen something like this happening in real life, however, I’m totally jealous!

And, it’s also the end of another week, so I wish everyone a wonderful weekend ahead. If you follow along with my posts, then you know that Friday is pizza night and I’m typing faster than ever, so apologies for any typos that appear. I have to finish before the pizza arrives so Philippe and I can enjoy a lovely and restful evening. I love nights like these when you can just relax in the glow of it all. Oh yes, I’m glowing, as this has been an exceptional month indeed. Though I’m sorry to see it pass, I know that World Watercolor Month will be back again next year. In the meantime, I’ll take that courage you’ve helped me achieve forward and keep on trying new things. Bit by bit, our dreams can come true. Whatever you want to DO with your art, you can DO it! It just takes a bit of dedication and a joyous heart. And, there’s nothing better in the world than a hopeful and happy month spent painting together.

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Bunny With Paintbrush Painting Another Bunny Plein Air Watercolor Painting Illustration
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58 Comments
  1. Susan Cuss 4 months ago

    I sure had fun! Thanks so much!

  2. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    Fantastic fun Charlie! Enjoy your pizza!

  3. Walter F Pierluissi 4 months ago

    Lovely Charlie, simply lovely…

  4. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    I hope you’re planning to do a illustrated children’s book, Charlie! It would be soooooooo fabulous!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 I am planning an illustrated book for people of all ages!

  5. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 months ago

    It has been fabulous thank you so much Charlie you rock!!!! lol and those bunnies are sooooooooooo cute ahhhhhhhhhhh cuteness overload!!! 😍😍😍

  6. Cecilia Engelberg 4 months ago

    Dear Charlie🌺
    There are not enough words to let you know what World Watercolor month has meant to me. I did 31 paintings! I am not ready to show them but I loved the challenge. I loved seeing your daily paintings and those of others! Gorgeous!
    Thank you!!🌺

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Aww I’m so thrilled to know that Cecilia! And yay!! Congrats on 31 paintings. That’s wonderful!

  7. Susan Feniak 4 months ago

    Thank you Charlie for a great celebration of art. 🥰💙🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      My pleasure! Thanks for participating once again, Susan!! 😃💕

  8. Laura Kate 4 months ago

    While I only finished 15 paintings, I was happy to take part in the challenge. I especially enjoyed Angela Fehr’s tutorials. Who knows, maybe some day I will find myself beyond the beginner stage.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      So thrilled you enjoyed the month, Laura! 😃💕 And Angela is a gem… her tutorials are wonderful!

  9. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    Looking forward to that book, Charlie! Thanks for another wonderful World Watercolor Month and have a great weekend!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary!! 😃💕 Hope you have a great weekend as well!

  10. Eduardo Cabrera Campos 4 months ago

    Debo de dar gracias a Dios, por haber encontrado esta pagina, ya ti Charlie por darme la oportunidad de trabajar todos los días y exigirme a mi mismo en hacer una acuarela. Gracias por el desafió, espero seguir dibujando y pintando si Dios así me lo permitiera. Gracias por darme un granito mas de arena en el conocimiento de este arte tan lindo como es la acuarela. Además todos tus trabajos son fascinante como lo he dicho ante, me gusta los coloridos que le das a tus trabajos. Por todo esto, muchas gracias Charlie.

    • Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

      Hola, Eduardo! Que bonitas palabras. Muy lindo tu mensaje para Charlie. Muy bonitos sentimientos. Me ofreci traducirselo pero quizas el entienda bastante espanol. Gusto saludarte. Disculpa que sea metiche. 😊 respetuosamente, Marisela en San Antonio, Texas

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww muchas gracias, Eduardo! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled to know that you’re enjoying daily painting and I hope you never stop! And thrilled you enjoy my colors as well, that’s so nice of you to say!

  11. Fifi Mifi 4 months ago

    Thanks to you too… I really enjoy the watercolor month… also enjoy the progress of daily doddlewash 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay! I’m so thrilled to hear you enjoyed the month, Fifi! 😃💕

  12. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    Eduardo left you a really lovely message. Not to question your skills at Spanish, but if you need a translation, let me know. 😊 It has been a wonderful month, Charlie. You know how I feel and, yes, I will be around for August. Cute bunnies! Enjoy your pizza 🍕🍕🍕. We had Chinese food. Yumm. Enjoy your wonderfully successful Watercolor Month and your weekend!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes, he did… I can read Spanish, but still can only respond in English (same with French and that’s half of my family😊… hehe). So thrilled you enjoyed the month, Marisela! 😃💕 And hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  13. Mireya 4 months ago

    Love it! Reminds me of my character. His name is Clause and he loves tea and loves to paint. But Bears don’t paint. They fish! It is a book I wrote a while ago for all of us dreams who are told they can’t Thanks. Months go by so quick and this is a good time is I wait for covid to get better.

    • Mireya 4 months ago

      His name is Claude, in honor fo the artist that proves we can!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mireya! 😃💕 Aww your characters sound wonderful! And yeah, art will help us through these crazy times!

  14. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    More adorable bunnies! I just love these guys.

  15. Lisa 4 months ago

    Well, I finished 31 pears and today’s had a partridge pulling it! Lol! Next year I’m doing trees. More variety! I put a few from this month up on my doodlewash page just to remind myself what I did. Tomorrow I am going to lay them all out on the floor and take a picture to keep as a memory.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww that’s awesome, Lisa! Congrats on completing the challenge! 😃💕

  16. Ellen 4 months ago

    I absolutely love this last Doodlewash for the July 2020 World Watercolor Month! The talented bunny artist looks exactly like the Cottontail Rabbits that visit my backyard every day. We enjoy watching them hop around my yard eating the patches of clover that I allow to grow just for them. I’m not sure if they are the native New England Cottontails that have made a comeback here due to years of conservation efforts. I do hope so, but even if they are the similar abundant Eastern Cottontails, they are cute. I want to tell you that my 6 & 1/2 year old Grandson, Benjamin, has been an active participant in the 2020 World Watercolor Month. He was, as he said, “a newbie” last year but continued to paint throughout the past year. This July, not only has Benjamin participated but also introduced his Auntie H. to the joys of watercolor. They do not always follow the prompts, but have painted something almost every Monday through Friday afternoons this month. Though Benjamin is hesitant to show them, his masterpieces are prominently displayed on my refrigerator. He says that “watercolors don’t always do what I want them too, but it’s so much fun to paint!” He chose the World Watercolor Month 2020 pouch with the palette from the souvenir shop. Benjamin loves it and it is being used as a home for his watercolor pens. Thank-you!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Ellen! 😃💕 Awwww!! That just made my heart do backflips!! I”m so thrilled that Benjamin is still painting and joined again this year. Awesome!! Tell him to never stop… and show them when he’s ready. 😉

  17. Strong Girls Pray 4 months ago

    Your art makes me happy! Love it!

  18. Mugdha 4 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Thank you for WWM and thank you for being you! I have actually managed to paint something everyday – though everything looks like a school kid’s art. But those few minutes have been the highlight of each day and I’ve got 31 sketches – WOW!!!! I thought I felt brave enough to show you my work but got cold feet. Someday soon I will. The bunnies are as cute as ever and I so hope you start work on your book soon. I know it’s gonna be magical.

    Thanks,
    Mugdha

    P. S. Am gonna try painting everyday through August too. Am gonna take it a month at a time.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yay to 31 sketches that’s so awesome!! And yay for trying to paint each day in August as well… after you do it awhile… it’s impossible to stop. I’m proof of that! 😉 hehe

  19. youjustneverknow504 4 months ago

    This was my first year, shoot, I’ve only been doing “this” for a few months! I had a great time. And boy did I have some challenges with the prompts, but I think there were only 2 that I changed up. I do want to mention though that you said practice doesn’t always make perfect, hon, it never makes perfect. We always have room to grow, a better saying is “practice makes better.” I got that from a blogger somewhere, wish I could give them credit. But it is the truth, each attempt we hopefully learn something, even if it is a very little something. And then we go again. Have a great day!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay! So thrilled you enjoyed the month! 😃💕 And true that’s a better way to put that and one that’s closer to what I believe. If we ever made a true masterpiece or felt something was perfect, we’d just stop entirely! 😉 hehe

  20. LoriCtoo 4 months ago

    This is is so stinking cute! I love it! It was good to be pushed during August, but it also was exhausting. Hahaha! So what do I do for August, slow down and do my own thing? Nope, I am doing 2 challenges. What the heck was I thinking? Maybe it will make the month go by really fast. I am ready for Fall!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe.. I’m with you… anything to make August go fast. I want fall!!

  21. Ankur Yadav 4 months ago

    Beautiful sketches and lovely characters……..

  22. memadtwo 4 months ago

    Thanks for hosting Charlie. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thrilled to do so! Hope you had a fabulous month, Kerfe! 😃💕

      • memadtwo 4 months ago

        Thanks Charlie. They are all good if we’re still here to experience them!

  23. Priscilla DeConti 4 months ago

    It was another fabulous month…I really enjoyed it all! Including your painting for do over!! Your little animals are soooooooooo precious! Hope you enjoyed your pizza and your winding down..You deserve it for a job well done…and I look forward to continuing my journey here at doodlewash because of You and all the fab people here!!! Heres to another fab year!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed the month. And yes! I’m taking a little time to unwind a little bit. Here’s to an awesome rest of the year!

  24. Linda Calverley 4 months ago

    I said i loved your bunnies when I saw them on instagram, I still love them. It looks like the bunny is good at painting too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 And glad you liked the bunny’s painting as well!

  25. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    Reminds me of Norman Rockwell painting Norman Rockwell!!!

  26. Shivi 💜 4 months ago

    Fantastic

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