World Watercolor Month – Day 10 – A Bottle In The Sand

Day 10 - World Watercolor Month - Cider Bottle In the Sand - Doodlewash

As many of you know well by now, I live nowhere near a proper beach, but I was curious to see what memories today’s prompt of “beach days” would bring back to me. Apparently, the first memory was of some kind of hopefully cold drink, half-buried in the sand. This one is from a free photo reference and I chose it mostly because I was fascinated by how a lemon mysteriously managed to get inside. Like those ships in a bottle that hobbyists somehow manage to build. After staring at it closely for way too long, I suddenly realized I needed to sketch and paint something quickly for today and so I just made a little doodlewash of it. I’ve no idea what kind of drink this is, I just rather liked the color. And I do hope that all of you are enjoying the first part of World Watercolor Month and feeling inspired by all the amazing watercolors being created! Please remember, and remind your friends as well, that the daily challenge is optional. Everyone on the planet is invited to join us by adding the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth whenever you post your watercolors or posts about the official event online and join the incredible global gallery we’re creating together! 

I’m so thrilled to see so many artists and companies celebrating World Watercolor Month, but I’m also quite aware that a great idea can easily just become a promotional tool. I founded and created this month as a way to promote the idea of artists inspiring each other around the world and to create awareness for arts education and the need of getting art supplies for underprivileged kids who need them. This is still the heart of the event, and I hope each of you reading this will help me spread the word of the charitable aspects of this month by encouraging people to make a donation to The Dreaming Zebra foundation in honor of World Watercolor Month! My sincere hope is, and has always been, to bring ALL of us together, artists and companies alike, into a single amazing force that can make a difference in the world! Yeah, that’s a pretty big dream, but so are the dreams of many children in the world who will hopefully one day become our future artists. Making new amazing things each day, like you, and sharing their love of art with world to see!

Thanks so much to each of you who have supported the cause and I’m giving you a big virtual hug right now. I’m sincerely hoping that we can build the most amazing gallery and social force in the world to make a true difference on this big little green planet we live on. Sure, it’s just the little dream of one little guy who got super excited by the magic of watercolor only a couple years ago, but he’s also a super nice guy who really needs your support. Again, I can’t do this alone, I need all of you to continue to promote the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth and to spread the word about supporting The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! But wait, you didn’t think that I don’t also have something to give back to you today, did you? Of course, I do! Today, I’m giving the first 5 artists who haven’t yet received one, a Hahnemühle Cézanne mould-made, 300gsm, Cold-Press, 9.44″x12.59″, 10 sheet block, simply by letting me know you want one by adding “Let’s all help our future artists!” to your comment below on doodlewash.com! It’s such an important message to send. The kind you might find waiting for you, when happening upon a bottle in the sand.

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 Day 10 - World Watercolor Month - Cider Bottle In the Sand - Doodlewash

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41 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    “Let’s all help our future artists!” I love ships in bottles and I love your daily paintings. Great inspiration! Thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sharon!! I’m so happy you enjoy them! 😃💕And Yay! I’ll have Hahnemühle send your sample!

  2. Sandee Setliff 4 months ago

    Hahnemühle has already been more than generous with me so I’ll let someone else win 🙂 I love your art and I love your spirit Mr. Charlie, you are awesome, inside and out!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe… you’ve just totally made me blush with that comment. 😊💕 Thank you so much Sandee! I truly appreciate that!

  3. Junya Wang 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists! I agree that it’s such an important message to send, and think that all Doodlewash is doing to support arts education and underprivileged kids is truly great. Lovely rendering of glass and colours as usual!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Junya! It’s tough to get that message out there during the month, so spread the word! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Hahnemühle send you a sample!

  4. Wendy Nelson 4 months ago

    Hi, Charlie,
    I so look forward to reading your posts and your inspiring messages at the end of my day. Thank you for all that you do to maintain Doodlewash. Let’s all help our future artists!” Warmly, Wendy

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That’s such a wonderful thing to hear! Some days it’s tough to squeeze in time to make an illustration and a post, so I’m thrilled to know you enjoy them each day! Yay!! 😃💕 And, I’ll have Hahnemühle send you a sample!

  5. Dale Kern 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists! It’s wonderful that World Watercolor Month can help us do some good in the world, in addition to being so much fun! Thanks, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That’ was my sincere hope when I founded the month!! Thanks so much, Dale! 😃💕 And I’ll have Hahnemühle send your sample! Yay!

  6. Hanten 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Most definitely, Hanten! Some awesome Hahnemühle paper heading your way! 😃💕

  7. Jill Gustavis 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists! I love sharing and helping others whenever I can!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That’s so wonderful to hear, Jill! 😃💕 (And you just missed the Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

      • Jill Gustavis 4 months ago

        Haha, thanks Charlie! I figured I was close, but it was pretty late, so I figured, maaaybe I counted wrong. Doesn’t hurt to try! 😉

  8. Tamiko McCurry 4 months ago

    Lets all help our future artist. Love the community here.. Its like having a museum at your disposal!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Awww I love hearing that, Tamiko! Glad you’re enjoying the Doodlewash community! Soooo true! hehe… it’s quite a gallery we’ve created here together on this site!😃💕 (And I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

  9. Mélissa Vallée 4 months ago

    I already won the block but let’s all help our future artists! I REALLY love the red color on this one :3

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      I don’t think we can ever say that enough!! hehe And thanks on the color! 😃💕I made it out of nearly ever color I was using… lol… couldn’t quite figure it out, so I’m happy you liked the result!

  10. Lisa Cihlar 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕(I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

  11. Lisa Cihlar 4 months ago

    And made my donation!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww yay!!! Thank you soooooo much for supporting Dreaming Zebra, Lisa!!! 😃💕

  12. Lisa McClure 4 months ago

    Such a luscious bottle of red!

  13. June Hadaway 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists. Your bottle reminds me of the sea glass that is now so rare on the beaches. The color red you used is really a pretty shade.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! So happy you liked it! 😃💕(I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

  14. Alicia 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists! And I guess we know where all the rum went… 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay to that, Alicia! 😃💕 hehe… is it rum?? I haven’t a clue what I painted! lol😊 (And I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

  15. Sandra Gilbert 4 months ago

    I have already received this sample but “Let’s help all our future artists” … I love your bottle and that antique look and color

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Definitely cheers to that, Sandra! 😃💕And glad you liked this… the color was made from a few layers and lots of hope it would turn out okay! hehe

  16. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    Love the red bottle in the sand – I’ve live most of my life near beaches – New Jersey, which is such a tiny state that you’re only hours from a beach, Hawaii, and now California. So beaches have always been part of my life even though I’m a lousy swimmer. But I love to splash at the edge of the water and as a kid was always keeping an eye out for the special trreats found only at the sea shore – glass floats from fishing vessels, sea glass, sea shells, and the bottle with a message in it. Found various parts of everything but never found a bottle with a message. Maybe this is the one, telling me to drink up, it’s hot out here!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Hehe! Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, that’s probably the message with this one. And I’m soooo jealous that you’ve always lived close to a shore. I’ve always thought that would be amazing. I’m not a great swimmer either, but I can stay afloat well, so I figure that enough to get the job done! lol

  17. Laura 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists! Thank you Charlie, for all you do to help future artists.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Laura! It’s my passion! Happy to help!! 😃💕(And I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

  18. Kaye Boggs 4 months ago

    there’s another reason for everyone to Lets All Help Our Future Artists!!! . I did help and yesterday I received the neatest thank you note from them, all colorful with gobs of cute stickers on it and a wonderful handwritten note. I’m thinking of sending another donation just to get another card!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! YAY!!! I know right?? Isn’t that the coolest!! Such a wonderful organization. Thanks so much for supporting Dreaming Zebra, Kaye! 😃💕 (And I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

  19. Autumn Linde 4 months ago

    Let’s all help our future artists! 😊🎨

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Autumn!! 😃💕 (And I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

  20. jpmorris 4 months ago

    I just started drawing a few years ago, and watercolors even more recently. What great fun! Let’s all help our future artists!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay! I’m thrilled to hear that!😃 Watercolors are sooo fun! (And I’m out of Hahnemühle samples for today, but I’m giving them out every Monday in July, so stay tuned if you’d like one!)

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