Pink Sky

Pink Sky by Charlie O'Shields

Quick little doodlewash after reading a short little book I found on Kindle Unlimited called Introduction to Loose Watercolor by Roy Simmons. Just a couple demos, but the book also has links to two video time-lapse tutorials.

Roy references one of the coolest aspects of watercolor and that’s the fact that our minds add information to complete the scene. Whether it’s a shoreline with a bit of a beach on the left or perhaps a boat in the dark area to the right, like in this doodlewash. Neither of these were intended or thought through, just tricks of light and white that make our brains fill in the gaps.

That’s really my favorite aspect of watercolor. You can create scenes that nearly jump out of your subconscious and even you are often surprised with the result. Or, like me, you might just think, wow… I thought I remembered to add orange, but man that’s a crazy pink sky!

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  1. kirkistan 7 years ago

    That is a great image.

  2. waynejacques 7 years ago

    Great looseness and use of color.

  3. roytheartist 7 years ago

    So cool! Great to see you were able to create a painting after reading my book. Very fine ‘doodlewash’!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Roy! Your book was great!! This was in the very first month when I was just starting out and it was wonderful to see your demonstration. I coined ‘doodlewash’ because I wanted to take the pressure off for people and not worry about creating a “masterpiece”… just have fun! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by friend!

  4. roytheartist 7 years ago

    My pleasure Charlie ! like your thinking, so much of watercolor painting and art making in general is in our mind (I can’t do that…) anyone can doodle, great riff.

    • Author

      Thanks Roy! And if you’d ever consider being a Guest Doodlewash feature artist, let me know! Would love to feature you and your work!! (And I have a lot more followers now than I had back then! Hehe👍🏻)

  5. roytheartist 7 years ago

    Will do, btw are you a member on We have 30k members there now. You would like the loose watercolor group.

  6. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Beautiful sky! I’d love to see what you would come up with if you were to paint this now!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks! 😃💕 Yeah, I kind of drifted away from traditional scenes and moved into illustration.

  7. Anna 3 years ago

    We have crazy-pink skies like this in Alaska, especially Anchorage, in the spring time. We also have Alpenglow!!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Aww lovely!! I’ve never been to Alaska, but would love to visit someday! 😃💕

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