When viewing my entries for World Watercolor Month month, one would think I’m not following the prompts, which are, of course, totally optional. But, as you know, I view a prompt as simply the jumping off point for letting your mind to wander where it takes you next. Seeing a prompt of “golden evenings” took me to a frog croaking just before the sun goes down for the day. I’m not sure my friend Angela Fehr had this in mind when she wrote them for us, but that’s somehow where I landed, or hopped, as the case may be. I just find the sound of frogs croaking near a pond, chatting about something only they can understand a rather lovely thing. It’s like a secret language I strain my ears to hear in hopes I might be able to somehow understand one day. Perhaps, this is how everyone who’s not yet become addicted to watercolor feels. Watching as we flood the internet with lovely bits of transparent paint and scratching their heads thinking, what’s all the fuss about? Well then, I’m here to invite you to grab a brush and some watercolors and find out! There’s no better month to give it a try!
Hosting an event of this scale is not without its mishaps. I don’t speak many languages, so communicating everything there is to talk about during the month is tough. But, the one language we’re all speaking together is that of watercolor. Each person, in their totally unique and awesome style is joining the conversation, one by one, and filling our amazing global gallery! Please don’t stop! Even if you miss a day here and there in the 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge, just post when you can. And tell everyone you know who paints with watercolor to add the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth when they post as well. All of this awareness leads back to the source, and in my sincere dream, the charitable reason this event was founded in the first place. To share our common language of art while helping kids in need around the world who are ready and waiting to express their unique voice. So please, make a donation today, to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, so together, we can make sure that those voices are heard!
As many of you have discovered, reading the full posts on Doodlewash.com comes with rewards this month. Thanks to our amazing official World Watercolor Month sponsors, we have amazing things to give back to you in thanks for support this amazing charitable event! Today, I have Cheap Joe’s American Journey Top 10 Color Sample Sets for you. The first 10 people to comment with “Cheap Joe’s is the best!” to let me know they want one will receive one! Just be sure to leave your comment directly on doodlewash.com so I can count the order properly. I’ve been so thrilled by all the excitement this year, that I haven’t stopped to realize I’m also feeling a bit exhausted, so I’m going to take a brief little break and relax this evening. For just a bit, I’m going to close my computer, and enjoy that last little bit of day before the evening comes, like a frog at sunset.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!