The Joy Of Watercolor Paint

Day 5 - Da Vinci Watercolor Tubes - Cobalt Blue Benzimida Orange #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash

Today’s prompt of paint meant a chance to doodlewash two of my favorite colors in just the two complementary colors themselves (Cobalt Blue and Benzimida Orange). I love this duo, one of which appears in my Da Vinci Trio, which I announced a few weeks ago. Blue and Orange are my favorite colors so they always make me smile. And I love painting with a limited palette and just mixing very few colors to see what they can do together. Philippe was the first to try watercolor and I quickly followed suit and was thrilled from the moment I started. My tiny little watercolor kit hasn’t changed that much from the very beginning, except to get even smaller. One brush, one pen, one little sketchbook, and just a handful of colors. The very concept of having an ultra-miniature and portable studio is what makes me love this medium. It’s simply not possible with oil and acrylics. And since the kid in me loves making a little bit of mess, watercolor’s ease of clean up is kind of necessary. It’s awesome when you find the paint that fits you best!

As a kid, I know I must have painted with tempera paints at some point, but I don’t have any strong memories of doing so. I remember doodling on paper most and much later, in high school, I made illustrations for the school literary magazine along with some of my own submitted poems. My first and only art award came during middle school. It was a single line blind contour sketch of a pair of sneakers. In college, I talked them into letting me make editorial cartoons for the newspaper, a role that didn’t exist at the time, but everything I made was black and white. My one painting class in college was with acrylic paints and I didn’t like them at all. They were messy and I was too easily distracted to clean my brushes immediately so it cost more than it should in brushes alone. For the latter part of the class, I ran out of money for brushes and had to use a cheap yellow sponges instead. I made the decision after that to stick with drawing and leave the painting to others.

And now, thanks to finding out about watercolor paint, I’m painting each and every day! Well, sketching and then painting, as I still really love drawing and didn’t want to give that up, hence my coined term of “doodlewash.” Even if I start with only a simple contour sketch, I still find myself “drawing” with the tip of my pointy brush. One day, I will attempt a much larger painting that takes more than 45 minutes, but today, I’m quite happy with my little bit of play time. And each day, I learn a little something new about this medium and mixing colors that will help me at some point down the road. But most of all, I just have a lot of fun! And it’s such a wonderful and enriching experience hosting this site and pulling together all types of artists who use watercolor in many different ways. Is there a correct way to use watercolor? Absolutely! Whatever way works best for you! Trust me, you’ll know when you’ve found it, and truly discovered the joy of watercolor paint.

About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Benzimida Orange, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
 Day 5 - Da Vinci Watercolor Tubes - Cobalt Blue Benzimida Orange #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash
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20 Comments
  1. Pamela Smith 5 months ago

    Love this

  2. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    I DO love your doodlewashes! Where would the world be if Philippe hadn’t turned you onto watercolor? A sadder place for sure.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 I’m sure some days with all the things I’ve done since he’s thinking what did I start?!! hehe

  3. June Hadaway 5 months ago

    Honestly Charlie, you do make everything look so real even down to the writing on the tubes. I hope you are still an illustrator in your day job. Your work is all so extraordinary.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Actually, I’m not an illustrator in my day job, but it’s still creative, so that’s great! I don’t know how to do anything else! hehe

  4. Karen Howard 5 months ago

    Yes, are You still am illustrator? Your jumps right off the paper. I love it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 hehe… actually college was my last regular illustration job. But I do consider myself a watercolor illustrator more than a painter. Love that I can illustrate in color now! 😉

  5. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 months ago

    U r great lie look at the tube so real.
    I had art class when I was in school.in college all projects of other students , they requested to me so i had done.Since that time i loved Water Colours. U are master in art.Iloved u r work.charlie at age of 14th i drow a 14 ,16.fit. woman for my niece.projct.to day i am proud to be working with great artist. thanks so much lie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Making art is such a wonderful thing indeed. It’s a gift we can accept any time we like!

  6. Sharon Nolfi 5 months ago

    Tubes and paints look very real, complete with your trademark lovely shadows. I agree that other kinds of paints are just too much work!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I’m floored by the awesome things that people create in acrylic and oils. I might try it again one day, but for now, I’m happy with my easy to clean, portable colors!

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    So, more of the history of Charlie’s art studies becomes public knowledge. Thank you for sharing your found passion for watercolor paints. I can’t imagine you creating art without using color. This Doodlewash is delightful.

    One of my own favorite pictures is a large charcoal drawing of several tubes of watercolor paints drifting down a creek or hiding in the grass by the edge of the water – my humor at play. I still find it funny but some people can’t figure it out.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 It’s nearly impossible for me now to not use color. Loving it! And your picture sounds awesome!! I would love to see that!!

  8. Lisa Spangler 5 months ago

    I love your line about the right way to use watercolor is the way that works for you! So true!! And I’m with you on the messy acrylic paints too, although I do like to play with them now and then, watercolors will always have my heart. I feel so fortunate to live in a time where we have so many awesome supplies available to play with!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      So true! 😃💕And yay to doing things however they work for you. I think that’s the key to really enjoying art. If you try to hard to follow someone else’s rules it can get too inhibiting. And I’ve thought about playing with acrylics, but the painting from light to dark with watercolor was an epiphany for me. It just makes more sense to me for some reason! hehe

  9. shruti502 5 months ago

    Hello!It was quite interesting to read about your brilliant tools which help in bringing joy both to you and the viewer.Cheers to your favorites hues, blue and orange!

  10. Nancy Kay Jackson 5 months ago

    Charlie, you have inspired me, now I love doing small paintings! Yes, how simple using just a few colors is fun. I have a plastic mason jar cup, and painted it. Ha ha my daughter loved it and stole it! ☺

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      That’s so awesome!! I love hearing that, Nancy! 😃💕 Yay! Yeah… small paintings can be so enjoyable and take all the stress away!

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