Watercolor Sketching For 1000 Days: How To Build A Daily Art Habit

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 29 - Watercolor Sketching For 1000 Days Sketchbooks Stack - Doodlewash

After starting Doodlewash® back in July 2015, I really wasn’t sure where it would take me. I was just incredibly excited about discovering watercolor sketching. Like, insanely excited and I wanted to share my newfound love of watercolor sketching with literally everyone I met and hopefully, one day, the entire world!Ordinary Days - Watercolor Sketch of Sneakers

I’m happy to say that today, I’ve reached quite a milestone on this journey of 1,000 consecutive days of watercolor sketching (including an accompanying story each day!) Yes, this post is the 1,000th day of daily doodlewashing (my coined name for watercolor sketching) as well as storytelling (or rambles such as they are)!

I just want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who have encouraged me and cheered me on along the way. I also wanted to take a moment to share a bit of what I’ve learned about watercolor sketching and forming a daily art habit. Because if you haven’t started a daily painting and/or sketching habit yet, I think you’d really love it and it’s really not as hard as you might think. 

About Watercolor Sketching

Watercolor sketching, as most of you know, is simply the act of using watercolor to quickly visualize the world around you. I called it doodlewashing because it sounded fun and less stressful, but it’s really the same thing. You can use only watercolor or mix it with other media, as I do, but the focus is on quickly creating the illusion of something you see, or an idea that’s in your mind.

Watercolor Sketching - Ripe Bananas

I can barely describe in words the way I felt when I discovered watercolor sketching. It made my heart sing. I didn’t have to choose between painting, drawing, or making sketches with pen and ink! I could do them all at once and all in glorious color! And I didn’t have worry about making a gallery masterpiece on a pristine sheet of paper. I could just play inside my sketchbooks and make whatever came to mind that day. The illustration shown at the top of this post is just one of the stacks of sketchbooks that I’ve accumulated in the last 1,000 days. I thought about stacking them all up, but the sketch wouldn’t have fit onto a single page of my sketchbook.

Watercolor Sketching Books And Classes

The book that started it all for me was a little book simply called Watercolor Sketching: An Introduction by Paul Laseau. Well, as I’ve mentioned before, it really all started with a tree that I quickly sketched, but by the next day I had completed my first little watercolor sketch from the book followed by others.

While this was a wonderful way to begin and build confidence, I was seeing a lot of folks out there calling themselves urban sketchers and I was intrigued to find out what it was all about. Shari Blaukopf was one of the first urban sketchers I found and I loved her style (you can read her feature on Doodlewash by clicking here!). She had just launched her first Craftsy class in the previous month and I was excited to take it. So the following day I launched into her course and created my first little landscape.

Watercolor Sketching Example - Landscape

Mine didn’t look at all like hers, by the way, but I happily laughed it off and kept right on painting. I then went on to take lots of other classes that helped inform my style, but perhaps more importantly, inspired me to keep right on sketching and painting. You can see the list of all the classes I’ve taken and recommend by clicking here! After just a week of trying, failing and laughing about it, I was inspired to create the Doodlewash Manifesto , a list of 10 do’s with absolutely no don’ts, giving me full permission to keep moving happily forward. It definitely helped me get through the tough times, and though it certainly applies to watercolor painting and sketching, it can really be used for most anything at all in life as well.

Watercolor Sketching and Urban Sketching

Though many urban sketchers use watercolor, it’s not a requirement to become one. You can simply head out with a sketchbook and a pencil or any type of media you like!

Urban Sketching - Watercolor Sketching at Kauffman

The key distinction of urban sketching is that it’s always done from direct observation, including a bit of context for the scene, to create a true record of time and place. It’s incredibly fun and I highly recommend it! My friend Aesha and I decided to give it a go early on, and I discovered that while I love sketching outdoors, I preferred painting indoors. The paint just dried too quickly for the style I wanted to employ. So many of my doodlewashes were quickly sketched live, and then painted later.

Watercolor Sketch of Gizmo from Gremlins

I’ve never seen a Gremlin in person, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to!

Also, I learned that the subject matter that I wanted to practice or paint most wasn’t often what was directly in front of me. This was a side of effect of my desire to write as well as sketch.

Watercolor Sketching Memories - Training Wheels

No idea where this bike is today, but I can assure you that the real wheels were actually round.

I wanted to write about and illustrate my memories and thoughts of childhood, not just what was happening to me right now. So even had I been able to get over my uneasiness with crowds and join a sketch walk, I would have come home with illustrations that didn’t fit what I wanted to write about.

So, what did I do? Well, a little bit of everything, of course! You’ll still find urban sketches from me, albeit cropped tighter than the usual fare, when it works with the story I want to tell. But not when I’m dreaming of dessert and can’t get Philippe to make one for me, so I have to paint those from references or the fantasy of dessert in my mind. (Cue the sad violin music!)

All of it is watercolor sketching, no matter how it was created, and it’s all super fun! Since there wasn’t a term to encompass and include all of the different approaches, I coined the term Doodlewash to create a space where I could happily include, support, and promote them, well, every single one of them and more! So try everything and choose to DO whatever makes you happiest, even if it turns out to be just a little bit of everything! (if you need a name for that, you’re a doodlewasher! Be proud!)

My Watercolor Sketching Happy Hour

In order to make sure I was able to show up and sketch and paint something each day, the first step was to set a regular schedule. This is not something that is normal for me as I tend to just fly by the seat of my pants doing whatever comes to mind in the moment. But I knew that if I didn’t always have the time available, I would be more likely to skip a day, then maybe two, and soon go days would go by without making a sketch. Where was I going to find an hour each day?

World Watercolor Group - Day 14 - My Favorite Drink - White and Red Wine - DoodlewashWell, the weekdays are busy with work, so I had to give up something I enjoyed to pursue something I truly loved and wanted to explore. I would sometimes join friends for Happy Hour, that time after work where you have a quick little drink and chat before heading home to dinner. I decided to forgo that happy hour and use that time each and every day for painting.

But I didn’t become a hermit, of course, that would be creepy. I simply offered to meet my friends for lunch instead. And I soon discovered my new happy hour, was actually the happiest one of all. Yep, I can still have that glass of wine when I like as well, just not much more or the sketches could start to look weird.

On the weekends, I have a little more flexibility, but I still make sure the plans I make leave me that little hour to sketch and write something each day. And even when the plans don’t quite work out, like when I’m traveling and the flight is late, I still make an effort to show up.

Watercolor Sketching in Just 15 Minutes - Goldfish

Once while visiting California, for example, I didn’t have time to write a proper post and it was nearing midnight, but I was determined to make a 15 minute goldfish before passing out from sheer exhaustion.

So rock that stubborn determination within you and just show up and make something, no matter what!

Building A Daily Art Habit

Even when you’ve found the time and have all the enthusiasm in the world, there’s still a bit of work to building a daily art habit. After the first several months of painting daily, I’d crossed over into something that roughly felt like a happy habit. I literally had to show up and gleefully make something each day. I really couldn’t stop if I tried. And it even became kind of a fun challenge to make something on those crazy days when it seemed impossible to sneak in a bit of watercolor sketching. But I managed to DO it somehow and it was always so exhilarating!

So what I learned wasn’t monumental so much as a reminder of what my heart already knew. I didn’t have to worry about what I made or how it turned out. I didn’t have to have a specific goal in mind, other than a commitment to showing up to sketch, paint, and practice. I never planned to make 1,000 watercolor sketches. It just happened naturally. So, basically, I’ve found there’s nothing complex in forming a daily art habit and it just takes three little steps.

Step 1: Paint Like A Kid Again And Post Everything

When I started watercolor sketching, I was just joyfully drawing, painting and splashing puddles about. I would post my test swatches as art and I was so incredibly proud of them! Release your inner child and stop trying to control what happens next.

Just sketch and paint and have fun and when you’re done, you’ll hear that inner child shouting with glee, “Put this one on the refrigerator too mom, it’s art!!” Too many times, we worry that what we made isn’t good enough to post or share. If you made it with all the joy of your inner child, trust me, it’s beautiful. And we all want to see it and, even better, someone out there is really going to love it. Post it! 

Step 2: Learn What Techniques and Approaches You Love Most

Take all those classes from the masters and join all the groups you can, but never feel like you have to conform to just one approach. That, after all, isn’t what art is all about. If you love watercolor sketching from life most, then do that! If you love that sometimes, but not all of the time, then do both! Wanna sketch first and color later? Go for it! Put on a blindfold and see what crazy thing you’ll make? Try it! Seriously, I haven’t tried that, but it sounds totally cool, so I think I just might!

Watercolor Sketching From Ink To Watercolor

The great thing about art is that you never have to actually choose a method. In fact, you’ll find that it’s simply in the process of trying a lot of different methods that one or, more likely, a combination of several will ultimately choose you. That’s when you know you’re on the path to finding your personal style. And if you don’t choose what you really love most, then you won’t want to come back to it each and every day. That’s why this step, might just be the most important one of all.

Step 3: Make A Little Hour In Every Day And Sketch

Okay, yes, I said an hour, which doesn’t sell quite as well as “Master watercolor sketching in just 15 minutes a day!” But guess what? Though 15 minutes is enough time to make something, just look at that lovely little goldfish above, it’s the bare minimum. If you only set aside that much time, then it’s far more likely that something will conflict with it and you’ll lose that 15 minutes entirely. And end up sketching nothing at all.

Day 31 - When Time Stands Still - Hourglass - Watercolor Sketching

But, if you have an hour set aside, even if things get crazy, you’ll discover that, as if by magic, time slows, and there’s always a tiny bit of time left in the day to sketch and paint. And on those days when you’re “in the zone,” time will seem to stop entirely, and it’s the most amazing feeling in the world!

Watercolor Sketching My Way Into The Future

It’s not always easy to show up to sketch, paint and write each day, but each time I do, I feel like my day always gets a little brighter. As I move into the next 1,000 days, there are some exciting additions to Doodlewash coming in the months ahead and I hope you’ll be joining me for what’s happening next. For example, drawing is at the heart of learning how to paint, even in abstract, and certainly key to watercolor sketching and, well, the doodle in the wash, so to speak.

Lamy Al Star Pens For Watercolor SketchingSo, you’ll now find a Forum in our community dedicated to all things Pen And Ink as well as one for Drawing And Sketching! And for the first time the April Art Challenge is open to drawings as well. So even if your goal is to use watercolor, if you managed to make a sketch, you did something awesome, so please join us and share it!  I created these monthly challenges in hopes of inspiring and helping others to form their own daily art habit as well.

Watercolor Sketching Joe Miller's Travel Painter Set

And the question that is on my mind and perhaps the minds’ of others reading this. Will he continue to keep up his habit of daily watercolor sketching? Oh, most definitely, as it’s truly a habit now and I honestly can’t stop! Yeah, that sounds more like an addiction, but whatever you want to call it, it will continue. That said, I may or may not take some little breaks along the way from my daily written posts moving forward so I can write longer more informative posts as well, like this one, to share a little bit about what I’ve learned along this journey.

Watercolor sketching and writing each day has enriched my life in ways that I can’t always put into words. It’s a feeling that perhaps is best simply experienced. And after all these days, I still feel like I’m at the beginning of my journey, just practicing and having fun. So if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? Tomorrow could be the start of your 1,000 day adventure. Join me, won’t you? There’s a world of things out there ready to be sketched and it’s far more fun when you draw and paint with friends!

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120 Comments
  1. Laura Hale 2 years ago

    Wow—1000—Congrats to you Charlie, and thank you for all your hard work that goes into this site.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! I really appreciate the kind words! 😃💕

  2. Pamela Smith 2 years ago

    1000 days of encouraging words and art….thank you Charlie.❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Pamela!! So happy you’ve joined me on this journey! 😃💕

  3. Lisa 2 years ago

    Woot woot!! 1000 doodlewashes is impressive. Congrats!

  4. Julia Proulx 2 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie! What an accomplishment! Thanks so much for your commitment, and this site. It really helps enrich my art experience and leads me joyfully along the painting path with others beside me on the way.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Julia! 😃💕 Aww that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying Doodlewash!! Yay!

  5. Indira 2 years ago

    Lovely post, Charlie! Truly inspiring.

  6. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    🎨🎨🎨CONGRATULATIONS!🎨🎨🎨 I wish I could format my comment with bright colors and sparkles. I haven’t been with you for all that many of your 1000 posts, but I intend to read them all sooner or later. You’re and inspiration to all or us!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra!! 😃💕 You’re so sweet!! Yeah, how cool would a comment like that be?? hehe… colors and sparkles always make life wonderful!

  7. Alice Hendon 2 years ago

    Doodlewash is an excellent term! I love your posts and just wanted to congratulate you on your achievement of 1000 days of arting. What a super accomplishment! Your art makes me smile. Love the little gremlin and goldfish. Your stories of being a kid usually remind me of something from my childhood, too. Thank you, charlie, for all you do for our art community.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Alice! 😃💕 Yeah, I think Doodlewash ended up being the perfect term for just enjoying what you make! And thrilled you’ve enjoyed my art and stories!

  8. Dale Kern 2 years ago

    Congrats, Charlie! What a great article! Your enthusiasm and love for watercolour shines through and you’re such an inspiration to us all. Thank you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Dale!! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this article!

  9. Carol Hartmann 2 years ago

    Charlie, although I don’t find time every day (between work and caring for 4 aging parents/in-law parents – which I love and am grateful to do), I don’t think I would have continued on my watercolor journey if it weren’t for you, Doodlewash, and all our faithful friends! Wow! I can’t believe how much you have progressed and shared since 2015, from monthly Doodlewash challenges to your own book, which is delightful! Thanks for sharing this journey with all of us and giving us a soft place to land in this crazy world. It is more than I could have hoped for when I started my humble blog and am grateful for all the comradery, encouragement, and inspiration, all because of you! Keep splashing, sharing, and enlightening in good health and happiness! Cheers and hugs, dear Charlie and Philippe!

    • Pamela Smith 2 years ago

      Well said, Carol

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks such a sweet and wonderful comment to receive, Carol! 😃💕I’m so happy to have met you on this journey and thrilled that this space has encouraged you to keep painting! That’s always been my hope. It’s what keeps me painting each day and I hope, together, we can continue to support and inspire each other for years to come!

  10. Jennifer McLean 2 years ago

    See? I told you that you were a ROCK STAR! Congratulations on such a lofty goal. It’s a beautiful thing! And Ohhh, those sketchbooks!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      hehe! Thanks, Jennifer! 😃💕 Thankfully, it wasn’t actually my goal… I think if it was it might not have happened. Too stressful! lol But it happened naturally once my addiction fully kicked in! 😉

  11. joantav 2 years ago

    1000 days is a great record! Congratulations!!! You have really inspired so many people with your posts and information. Thank you!

  12. Nancy nixon 2 years ago

    I must say that not only is this quite an achievement but your whimsical, happy and grateful style and outlook on life are a gift to me whenever I take a look. Thank you for your gifts!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thank you, Nancy! 😃💕 That’s such a sweet and encouraging comment!! I truly appreciate it!

  13. EK O'Connor 2 years ago

    Congratulations! i took Shari’s landscape class, too, and love your mountains above! Doodlewash is my most favorite of all wc sites and groups. You have created a real treasure here!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      That’s so wonderful to hear! Thanks my friend!! 😃💕 I’m thrilled you’re enjoying Doodlewash and yay to Shari’s landscape class… it was wonderful… I should retake it as I think I can do a much better mountain now. hehe

      • EK O'Connor 2 years ago

        Ok, challenge on to retake her landscape class, ha ha! Seriously, what a great way to incorporate getting back to wc. I’ve been absent for awhile, but I can’t think of a good excuse so back to it I go 😉 Have a great day, Charlie!

  14. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Wow! So LOVE your stories and your art, Charlie!! YOU are amazing!! 😃🎨👍 Congrats on 1000 days of doodlewashes! 🏆 WOWZA!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thank you Jill!! 😃💕We’ve been friends since the start of this journey and I’m so happy for that!! YAY!! ❤️

  15. debiriley 2 years ago

    brilliant and brilliance! of course I loved your post Charlie! you are irrepressible and marvellously inspiring. congratulations on 1,000 that is so incredibly awesome to do this every single day. I, could not. loved your Key points so much, and totally agree 🙂 thanks for being you and sharing so generously around the globe. we all appreciate it. cheers, debi

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      That is such an incredibly wonderful and sweet comment, Debi!! Thank you so much!! 😃💕 I KNEW you’d agree with this post… hehe… we have much in common. So happy we met on this crazy and wonderful painting journey my friend!!

      • debiriley 2 years ago

        my pleasure, Charlie
        And, me too!…wordpress is a great ‘meeting’ and gathering place

  16. serenalewis5 2 years ago

    Congratulations on 1000 daily sketches! Delightful and encouraging post to read also.

  17. Rod Fletcher 2 years ago

    Lovely words Charlie. Congratlations on your achievement. Congratulations on creating a safe place for the rest us to splash a bit of paint about.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Rod! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you came over and joined us in this space. It’s been such a pleasure to have you here!

  18. John 2 years ago

    What an amazing milestone Charlie – and how far you’ve come in those 1000 days of doodlewashing! I’m inclined to say that you deserve I day off – but I know you wouldn’t take it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, John! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I probably deserve a day off, but what fun would that be? lol Painting is like taking the best break ever!

      • John 2 years ago

        Haha – you’re right Charlie! Looking forward to the next thousand!

  19. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this post! Congratulations on 1000 days – I’m sure there will be many more.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 I truly appreciate all of your encouraging comments. Helps keep me going! So thank you so much!

  20. smzang 2 years ago

    What a joy this ‘sampler’ is. I could spend hours just with this one post.

    The books and the sneakers bring such joy. I’m feeling the freedom of
    those images…and remembering how I’m at my happiest when I kick off
    my shoes and settle back with a good book.

    The bananas are just about at the perfect stage of ripeness (another day,
    I think) for banana bread.

    The Gremlin, oh my, it reminds me of watching the movie so many times
    with my son (o, that Stripe. He needed lots of love, but Gizmo, impossible
    not to immediately love him,) it reminds me of Furbies (I stood in line from 4 a.m. until
    the store opened at 10 to get him and his then girl friend two of those amazing
    creatures (1998 )

    A pause to enjoy an ice cream sundae, and then I return to find my son all grown up
    with a daughter of his own. Her first pets were 4 gold fish, named the Sparkles family
    (that saved having to figure out which one was which, we viewed them collectively)
    You always inspire. Thank you!

    BTW, my granddaughter has red hair. She insists it’s strawberry blonde. I concede
    the point for the sake of peace, all the while thinking ‘with accent on the strawberry’.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      You’re so sweet, Sarah!! 😃💕I can’t thank you enough for all of your enthusiastic encouragement. You really inspire me to keep writing and painting. I so appreciate the support!! And speaking of support… as ever… I’ll send some back your way. 😉Your granddaughter should check out this post: https://doodlewash.com/national-love-your-red-hair-day/

  21. Wayne 2 years ago

    Amazing achievement Charlie! Your passion and dedication to your craft and your “Happy Hour” is inspiring. Keep going.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Wayne! Appreciate it! 😃💕Couldn’t stop now if I tried!!

  22. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Charlie! And thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thank you so much, Mary!! 😃💕 And thanks for being such an active part of our little community here!

  23. Mary hoffman 2 years ago

    I take your words to my heart. Love what you conspired to do and grew with it. I want to too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      That makes me SO happy to hear, Mary!! 😃💕 Yay!! DO it! You can too!

  24. dianegklock 2 years ago

    Charlie this is an awesome , inspiring and encouraging article . A huge congratulations to you and heart felt thank you for all you have done to encourage so so many.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thank you so much, Diane!! 😃💕 That’s so sweet of you. It’s been a wonderful journey, made so much richer by connecting with other artists!

  25. elizabethhutchinson 2 years ago

    I loved reading this post Charlie. Thank you for telling it like it is:)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed the article!

  26. Ellie 2 years ago

    1,000 congratulations on your 1,000 days, Charlie! You are such an inspiration and it’s great to have your full doodlewash journey story here, along with the encouragement and guides for creating a wonderful habit. I especially appreciate your comments about needing to set aside more than 15 minutes every day because otherwise that time evaporates. Thanks, too, for creating such a wonderful community. I hope you’ll have a special toast from all of us today as you start on your next 1,000!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Ellie!! 😃💕 I really appreciate it! Yes to the hour… I really don’t think I could have done it without attempting to protect that hour each day. Always great to have even more than an hour on some days of course! hehe

  27. Kate Powell 2 years ago

    Such good advie and sharing… I am so happy I found doodlewash! I reposted this today!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      I somehow missed this post! Thanks so much for the re-post! And I’m so thrilled you’re part of the Doodlewash community Kate!! 😃💕

  28. […] Watercolor Sketching For 1000 Days: How To Build A Daily Art Habit (via Doodlewash) […]

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yay! Thanks so much, Kate!! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed the post! I’m SO happy you found Doodlewash as well! Thrilled you’re part of our little community!

  29. Leyla Torres 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Charlie, your enthusiasm, discipline and love for watercolor and sketching are beyond inspiring, contagious! Thank you for sharing all your work and your insights on your thousand days of Doodlewashing! Keep it up!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Leyla! 😃💕Appreciate it! Yay to contagion… hehe… I hope we can all continue to inspire each other and paint for years to come!

  30. dr madhumeeta banerjee 2 years ago

    Wonderful n enthralling journey. congrats Charlie. I have been toying wid this idea for months,reading how u achieved it is v inspiring. I too will start n join ur Doodle brigade from 1 april 2018. let me see how much I can do.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Madhumeeta! 😃💕 Yay!! I’m thrilled you’re joining us!! Yes…. it’s really not that tough to do when you set your mind to it. Happy painting!!

  31. Ruth Bailey 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Charlie! You have persevered, learned, triumphed, and encourged us along the way.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Ruth!! I really appreciate your encouraging comments as well!! 😃💕

  32. A great goal you achieved! And great stimulating post, thanks!

    robert, absolute beginner

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Robert! 😃💕 So thrilled you found this post stimulating!! Can’t wait to see your 1,000 and beyond! 😉

  33. Jodi 2 years ago

    BRAVO Charlie O! Happy 1,000! So glad you did it – so glad you are still doing it – so glad to have you as a friend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jodi!! 😃💕 You’ve been around since the start, encouraging me! I really can’t thank you enough my friend!! ❤️And hehe… I’m celebrating like I had this as a goal, which of course, I didn’t as that would be terrifying!😊 LOL But so cool that it happened!

  34. […] great grade on a paper or as I got older, getting a part in the school play. I figured after I hit 1,000 watercolor sketches in yesterday’s post, I certainly deserved some! (And thanks to everyone for the lovely comments on that post. […]

  35. Jacob 2 years ago

    Aww, YAY CHARLIE!! And yay for addiction in this instance, clearly! I was thinking only recently that you must be pushing the big one zero zero zero by now, and was wondering what you might possibly do. This is fantastic! And it’s been equally fantastic to see you and this site go completely wild over the past couple of years – you should be dead chuffed! I so admire (and really rather envy!) your spirit and determination.

    I could probably go on about all that some more, but that’s not the only reason I stick around, as I’m sure you’re aware. Yes… from seals to unbearably brilliant clichés, to Rex (Rex!), Benji, rude animal names, a certain Z-animal, completely inappropriate kids’ toys and doubtless tons of other stuff too – I mean, I shouldn’t want to list them all, right? – there have certainly been a few laughs over the one thousand editions. I’m sure the next thousand will be yet more fun! <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Jacob my friend, you have made this journey amazing and fun!!! Much love to you!! ❤️ I feel like we have been through so much together!! hehe And certainly deserve Citrus Polos were there any to be found. But I’m STILL holding out hope for a real life zonkey one day! 😉

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Yes, I feel the same! Old friends now 😉 And something tells me that if anybody could manage to actually acquire a zonkey, you could. The reactions of Philippe and Phineas would be interesting, I’m sure!

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

          Definitely old friends now! 😃💕 Yeah, I think Phineas would be pissed… he really prefers being an only child. hehe

  36. Claire McArthur 2 years ago

    This is my first visit to your web page although I’ve bee following you on IG for months. I haven’t joined the challenge yet but after reading this post I will give it a go – although I can’t promise to share initially.
    Thank you for sharing your art & your life it brings a smile to my life
    Looking forward to the next post
    Claire

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Claire! 😃💕 So happy you came over to Doodlewash! And yay to joining the challenge!! If you don’t want to share on IG, you can also log in here and share with our little community. It’s a fun, safe and supportive place! 😉

  37. Peggy Stermer-Cox 2 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie! And, congrats for inspiring so many others to sketch, paint and enjoy their work!

  38. Mique 2 years ago

    I had to read it twice, not so easy for me that english! I am at the start of the journey. 37 days now I am sketching every day and I public them om facebook and insta. I do watercolor too, but more as a project, not as a daily habit yet.
    It is nice to send in sketches this month and I love the idea to do watercolorsketches and go on that wonderful journey.
    I have started………and I enjoy it very very much already.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      That makes me so happy to hear, Mique! 😃💕 It’s such a fantastic journey and I’m so thrilled you’ve begun. Can’t wait to see what you’ll make!!

  39. Miss Gentileschi 2 years ago

    Many congratulations on 1000 paintings, Charlie!!! This is so wonderful! You can be so proud of yourself! Absolutely love this post! It´s such an important step to make creating into a daily habit. Your Gremlin looks adorable!! Keep painting and inspiring, Charlie! 🙂 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I almost forgot I painted a Gremlin once, but was looking back for things to illustrate my point! lol It’s been such a fun journey and I’m thrilled that we’ve met along the way!!

      • Miss Gentileschi 2 years ago

        Me too! And I look forward to see the next 1000 wonderful doodle washes!!! 🙂 <3 Happy Easter, Charlie!

  40. Snehlata Maheshwari 2 years ago

    Congratulations 💐🌸🌼🙏.lie.
    1,000 days means a great award to our DDW. Time passes so fast.n we r traveling with u each n every movement i learnd some new creation of yours as well as u r right the adiction of every day art. Now it is a part of my life.
    Thanks so much for sharing. thanks

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕I’m SO thrilled to hear that you’ve got the art addiction now! hehe yay! And I really can’t thank you enough for your supportive comments on my posts. They are so encouraging!

  41. Sandra Gilbert 2 years ago

    I am so excited for you. 1000 is awesome and quite an accomplishment. I have hustle hot 271 and it is definitely a habit at this point. It is how I end my day with a little me time to paint and relax. Your enthusiasm is what inspired me to create my own little painting habit.

    • Sandra Gilbert 2 years ago

      Wow auto correct is Not my friend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra!! 😃💕 And I’m confident you’ll hit 1,000 before you know it! Thrilled that I could be a bit of inspiration along the way. That makes me so happy!!

  42. […] watercolor sketches and this one was extra cool because it was on the last page of my sketchbook. Another one to add to the stack! So, I’m super excited to head into April, with a fresh new sketchbook, as we begin our next […]

  43. Fantine Ponter 2 years ago

    Charlie, you are truly an inspiration to me! I hope to follow in your footsteps in the near future. Love your art!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks, Fantine!! 😃💕 You should totally make the daily thing happen! Your watercolors are beautiful my friend!

  44. Ellen 2 years ago

    1000 Days…amazing! Your wit and wisdom always make me laugh and your Doodlewashes delight. I think that you are the embodiment of Walt Disney’s words : “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” Thank-you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      That is the coolest and sweetest compliment ever, Ellen! 😃💕 I’m a huge Disney fan!! hehe Thank you so much! So happy you enjoy my posts!

  45. […] reason for the theme this month is more about the spirit than the subject matter. (check out my 1,000 days post to learn more). It’s about approaching each thing you sketch and paint with the courage and confidence of a […]

  46. Susan Cuss 2 years ago

    Wow! What an awesome post, and accomplishment, Charlie! Congrats, and many thanks for Doodlewash and all your inspiration! (along with those entertaining insights and glimpses into your life)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks, Susan!! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this post! It was a rare longer one that I figured was required for such a milestone! Hope to write more like this in the future!

  47. Jessica Seacrest 2 years ago

    So awesome Charlie! Congratulations for reaching 1000!!! You and Doodlewash have certainly enriched my life and I have gratitude in my heart for both of you! Cheers to 1000 more Doodlewashes 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jessica!! 😃💕 And I can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful words of wisdom and amazing reviews you’ve brought to Doodlewash. You’ve made it a wonderful place to visit and I’m eternally grateful my friend! ❤️

  48. jean edwards 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your 1000! I agree with so much of your reflections – I’m at 2048 continuous days of drawing, and urbansketching is very much a part of that.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jean! 😃💕 WOW! You’re a rock star! That’s so awesome and inspiring to hear!!

  49. Fantine Ponter 2 years ago

    Congratulations Charlie! You are truly an inspiration, and I absolutely love your art! Thank, you for having created doodlewash, and keeping all your followers inspired EVERY day! Would love to meet up with you one day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Fantine! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoy my illustrations! And would love to meet you one day as well!

  50. […] Once I started sketching and painting each day, I quickly realized it was amazingly therapeutic and calming. After a long day at work, coming home to create a little watercolor illustration became something I not only looked forward to doing, but something that helped me transition my day and relax into my evening feeling refreshed. Okay, I admit, it also became a completely unstoppable habit. I recently just passed the mark of 1,000 days of consecutive watercolor painting and sketching. […]

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