When Life Gets Peaceful

Day 11 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Blue Canoe On The Water Watercolor - #doodlewash

Today, I decided to try a fast and loose little doodlewash, letting my mind wander and my brush do the same. I’m rather enjoying sketching with a brush though when I glance at my fountain pens they do look a bit forlorn so I may try to use them soon. I’ve been so incredible busy lately, mostly self-induced with all the crazy fun features I’m adding to Doodlewash, but tonight I’m going to take a little break. As for canoeing, I’ve only been a couple of times as I’m not really what one would call an outdoorsman. Do they ever say, indoorsman? Is that a thing? Though I often hated the threat of being dumped into muddy lake water, I did enjoy the quieter bits in between. That wonderful feeling when you could stop rowing and simply float on calm water. Just drifting wherever the light breeze might decide you should go next. This lazy part of the canoe trip was my favorite. It was like time stood still and stress was not even something that had ever existed. That’s the moment I miss most.

These days, life seems like it’s rushing forward at full speed. I can barely keep up with everything that’s happening and I always feel like I’m running behind. I love social media when it comes to art, but I have trouble keeping up with everything else that it serves up. I guess that’s why I’ve been working so hard to create the foundation of a new community right here on Doodlewash. I don’t expect it to become the next Facebook. In fact, I rather hope it doesn’t become that. I just want to make a fun club where people who enjoy the same things can come together and interact with each other, without all the other distractions. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I don’t intend to be the one figuring it all out either. That’s the fun thing about clubs. Everyone gets to have a say! When I was a kid, we just made up the rules as we went along until the idea formed. To me, that’s way more fun because then everyone gets to be a part of what happens next.

I’ve still not made a big announcement yet, as it’s impossible to know if all the fun features are working as they should. But I think they’re rather close to working just great! I’m sneaking in the unveiling into the last couple paragraphs of these posts, knowing that not everyone reads this far. But if you’re an artist who loves watercolor and are reading this, I’d love it if you’d log in to Doodlewash with your preferred social network and create a profile right here on this site. You can edit your profile picture and add a cover photo, and best of all, there’s an artwork tab where you can begin to upload your lovely watercolor art which gets added to the group gallery (yep, everything posted is in chronological order. What a lovely concept!). Once you log in you’ll see a new “Community” link in the main navigation with other fun features. I’d be thrilled if you could take a peek and let me know your thoughts! Either comment below or contact me and tell me what you would like to see happen next? I’m probably crazy to try all of this, but I just feel passionate about creating something new that we can all enjoy together. Something less hectic and more focused, like enjoying the cool breeze in a canoe, that brings the kind of joy only found when life gets peaceful.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Quinacridone Rust, Ultramarine Blue,  and Neutral Tint. Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 11 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Blue Canoe On The Water Watercolor - #doodlewash

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8 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    Wow! I love this graceful slipper of a boat. Indeed peaceful and serene, and I’d love to float lazily down the river in this craft.

    I appreciate your invitation to join the watercolor community you’re building here, Charlie, but I will be just an observer on the side. If that’s OK.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 So glad you liked this one. It was a departure from my normal fare. And you are absolutely welcome to be anything you like! Though feel free to join just to like and comment. I’m hoping to build a lovely little club that has that pure Doodlewash spirit! 😉

  2. Jacob 11 months ago

    Very nice! It looks rather melancholic with all the blue and on its lonesome. You shouldn’t really admit to being an ‘indoorsman’ on the broads, so I’ll have to keep this quiet. I’m no good at steering these things. I remember a school trip to an activity centre when I was about eight, where one of the sessions in the pool involved plonking us into a canoe and then capsizing it! I’m sure to this day that it wasn’t a legitimate activity and they were just cruel, cruel people!

    I got a bit lost in the group gallery – what a joy. Short of a Doodlewash Club badge I couldn’t think of anything that isn’t already on offer. 😉 Lovely!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 lol… yeah, I figured admitting I’m an indoorsman is big bit of “coming out’! hehe It’s just all such a strange world that I’ve never really understood. Glad you liked the group gallery! And yes! A badge is definitely in order! Truthfully, I would normally design one, but I wasn’t even sure of the name. I really want to the group to decide what happens next! 😉

  3. EK O'Connor 11 months ago

    I love the colors you used and thank you for posting them. Though I’m not one for color charts, I do take notice when I see something special, like what you’ve used here.

    Though I rarely interact, I enjoy drinking my coffee out of the WWWatercolor mug and reading your posts. I like the way you post an anecdote with your watercolor sketches. It’s inspiring and one day soon, I’ll interact more often.

    Love the new community, too. Thanks for doing that! Love the fluid development idea. Looking forward to uploading to the gallery. Presently, all of my watercolor work is something large and time-intensive. WC sketches, coming soon 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Erin! 😃💕 So glad you liked this one! I’m in a blue phase lately I think… hehe. Well, at least Cobalt Teal. So happy you like the community idea! I’ve no idea where it will take us, but I feel like it’s a great time to come together and make something that works better for artists! And I’m thrilled that the next World Watercolor Month is coming up soon! It will be so much fun!!

  4. memadtwo 11 months ago

    That is definitely a magic boat Charlie.
    I love your community idea, but I can barely manage my life as it is at the moment. Also, I’m not really a watercolor artist…and I’m not on any other social media, not even Facebook.
    But I will definitely keep following along with your adventure! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, this is quite a little experiment and the only way I could get it to work on WordPress.com is through social login. I’m not sure how many people will come play with me, but it was the same when I was a kid. You just never know until you try! 😉

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