World Watercolor Month – Day 16 – A Big Jar Of Pickles

Day 16 - World Watercolor Month - A Big Jar Of Pickles - Doodlewash

After seeing today’s prompt of “barbecues and bonfires” my mind went inexplicably to pickles. More specifically, a giant jar of pickle slices as these used to always appear at my summer family gatherings. So I quickly rendered one hear with just a couple colors and a bit of neutral tint. I’m not entirely sure if hamburgers even had to be part of the menu, the jar would be there for anyone who wanted a slice, because, apparently, pickles go with everything. I’m not personally sure this is true and I’m rather picky about my pickles. I don’t like the sweet kind, often called bread and butter pickles. I prefer them tangy, when I actually have them. It occurred to me that it’s been ages since I’ve had a pickle slice. But the memories of that jar are super special to me. It’s funny that sometimes, the things you remember most are least significant things of all. At least in the moment. But, over time, those little things become the very fabric of our memories and these are the things that always make me smile, and why I love to paint them.

As we reach the middle of this 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge, I hope each of you are hanging in there with me! I’ve done this every day for over two years, and know just how tough it can be to keep going as the middle of the month hits. I still struggle to come up with something to paint each day. Even more so, something to actually say about it that makes any sort of sense in these posts. Bless you for reading these little rambles by the way. Unlike most sites, I don’t pre-plan my content on a chart and try to deliver things that a search algorithm might love. I just paint and write as I go from the heart and hope that what I have to say that day is something that might be interesting to someone. From the way I paint to the way I blog, I’m doing everything perfectly “wrong” according to the experts. But, I truly believe that the world needs a little dose of reality from time to time. A real person, writing a real blog with stories they care about, is a truly beautiful thing! A huge hug and shout out to all my fellow bloggers out there who simply share what they love each and every day!

And for those reading all the way to the end of my posts, I have something to give to you again today! Today, I’m changing it up a bit, and this one is only available if you’ve not yet gotten a free sample from me or won a prize in an official World Watercolor Month giveaway this month. (by the way there are tons of giveaways this month, so I made a page here for you to check, that lists the current ones so you can enter!) So, if you haven’t gotten anything yet during this most festive of global celebrations, then now’s your chance! I’ve got 10 Cheap Joe’s American Journey Sample Sets to give to those first 10 people who comment on my site and let me know they want one with “Watercolor Is Wonderful!” Thanks to each of you for making this year’s World Watercolor Month an amazing event. I love seeing people posting their first-ever watercolors online in July! I have all of my first attempts housed on this site and in a stack of sketchbooks in the corner. They’re very special memories to me, even the ones that weren’t particularly wonderful. They remind me of the moment, and that’s the most important memory of all, like a big jar of pickles.

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 Day 16 - World Watercolor Month - A Big Jar Of Pickles - Doodlewash
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  1. Profile photo of Susan Cuss
    Susan Cuss 1 week ago

    Watercolour Is Wonderful! So are your pickles!

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      Susan Cuss 1 week ago

      (even though I’ve already won a prize)

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        Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

        Thanks so much, Susan!! 😃💕 Yep you have already! Yay!!

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    Sandee Setliff 1 week ago

    I guess you are sweet enough but mean ole me needs that sweet stuff! Bread and Butter pickles are my favorite!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Awww… hehe… I get plenty of sweet from desserts! And yay to loving those. Many in my family did as well! 😉

  3. Sharon Nolfi 1 week ago

    You’re the best, Charlie, for hosting this site and World of Watercolor Month. Thanks so much for all you do for this community.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I’ve thought I’ve had passion projects in the past, but I’ve never been more passionate about a project before. It’s my honor and pleasure to host World Watercolor Month and create this site for all of us to enjoy!

  4. miller1963 1 week ago

    “Watercolor is Wonderful!”

  5. Roxana Pat Saez 1 week ago

    Watercolor is wonderful!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      I’ve already got you down for a prize this month, Pat, so you’re not eligible for today’s, but keep checking back! 😃💕

  6. Roxana Pat Saez 1 week ago

    And so is Charlie!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww.. hehe… the prize for that comment is a BIG HUG!! 💕

      • Roxana Pat Saez 1 week ago

        Yipppeee! A hug is the best PRIZE of all!

  7. Michelle Irizarry 1 week ago

    Watercolor is wonderful

  8. Vernelle 1 week ago

    Watercolor is wonderful! And so are you and the sponsors for these generous prizes!

    • Vernelle 1 week ago

      I may already have won something so if I have, please disregard this comment!

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        Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

        hehe! Yes! You have one coming to you already now! Yay! 😃💕

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      It’s our pleasure!! 😃

  9. napedde 1 week ago

    Watercolor Is Wonderful!

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    Tamiko McCurry 1 week ago

    Not sure if ive won anything.. Watercolor Is Wonderful!” .. And it truly is.. Charlie thanks for giving us a place such as this..

  11. Lisa Cihlar 1 week ago

    Watercolor is wonderful! I already won this, but just saying!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Excellent, Lisa! hehe… I really don’t think we can say that enough! 😃💕

  12. pattyanneart 1 week ago

    Watercolor is wonderful!! 😊

  13. Tussah 1 week ago

    Your pickles are wonderful and so is watercolor! (just sayin’, I know I’ve already won stuff)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks!! And it’s fun to say isn’t it?? hehe And couldn’t be more true! 😃💕

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    Mary McDonough 1 week ago

    Watercolor is wonderful! And so are your blogs and your doodles. Thank you for the inspiration.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww thank you SO much, Mary!! 😃💕 And I already have you down for a prize, so I’m giving virtual hugs instead.

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    EK O'Connor 1 week ago

    It is so refreshing that you don’t use some algorithm to give us what reads like canned content! Your authenticity is just wonderful and makes the community feel that much more like a real community in these crazy digital days 🙂 As for pickles, I love both dill and sweet mixed together on the same hotdog, hamburger or plain on a fork.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks!! 😃💕Yeah, everything is sort of old-fashioned here on Doodlewash. Trying to bring back the good ole days when people just blogged and connected without having to game a system or have a ton of money. It’s it funny that now even digital has its good old days? hehe – And yeah, I actually just like a little pile of pickles on the side to jab with a fork! hehe

  16. June Hadaway 1 week ago

    I have already won but just had to say I really like how you painted your pickle jar. Looks just like the real thing.

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    Kerry Haywood 1 week ago

    Hi Charlie, may I ask… are the giveaways only for US?? If so I’ll stop breaking my neck trying to read the blog within moments of you publishing, as I’m sadly all the way in Australia (and a bit disappointed). Loving painting, and the wonderful pieces everyone is sharing, nonetheless (but it would also be nice to be part of the excitement).

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      The samples I give out here can normally ship to most locations internationally! I’ll say if they’re only US and Canada. (Nothing this year is U.S. only for the official event! Yay!)

      And so … you got a sample!! YAY! Send me a note via my contact form here with your address: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

      Also, you’re eligible to enter the Winsor & Newton giveaway and the Cheap Joe’s Giveaway on this page: https://doodlewash.com/world-watercolor-month-july/official-world-watercolor-month-giveaways/

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        Kerry Haywood 1 week ago

        Hi Charlie, that is fantastic news… thank you!!! I will happily keep reading, your blog is wonderful… so much information and I simply love your enthusiasm! (I need to know your secret!)

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        Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

        No secret! lol Lots of coffee, a bit of wine, and a fierce childlike optimism!! 😉

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    Vicki Rowley 1 week ago

    Watercolor is Wonderful !!! thanks Charlie, your site is wonderful too.

  19. Tamra 1 week ago

    Watercolour is wonderful and your articles are so much fun”

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww thanks, Tamra! 😃💕So happy you like the stories! And I already have you down for a sample, but need to know where to send it! Send me a note with your address via my contact form here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

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    Sandra Gilbert 1 week ago

    Charlie you aren’t doing anything wrong at all. I love coming and ready your little stories. They put a smile on my face. The pickles cracked me up,because I remember them being at every picnic and BBQ too, not matter what we were actually eating. And watercolor is wonderful… it makes me happy to splash paint around every day and I know it does for you too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Hehe… yeah, pickles were required at every event! And yes to splashing paint around each day… it’s soooo wonderful!! (and yep, you’ve already won prizes, so yay! hehe)

  21. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    While I believe there is always something to learn and improve regarding art, there is no wrong way and no right way, just the way that works for you. You might some day like to take a class or follow a video, but if all you do is practice painting every day, you will learn a great deal on your own and you will improve.

    I’m not qualified for today’s giveaway but I took a look at the offer – what a terrific idea, to provide sample sets of colors. Similar to the dots, but these are in refillable tins, Cheap Joe’s has a great concept here.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Totally agree, Sharon! 😃💕 Today’s guest artist has the same philosophy! And isn’t this a cool sample set? I think it’s awesome, though I don’t have one myself😊… hehe… I’m just haven Joe’s send stuff to all of you!

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    Kaye Boggs 1 week ago

    I never check my computer after cocktail hour so I’ll never sign on in time but I still think watercolor is wonderful!

  23. Jenn 1 week ago

    Watercolors are wonderful and I appreciate the inspiration! I have always used acrylics and only just started dabbling in watercolors a few months ago. This challenge is keeping me motivated to paint daily and if not paint, I at least sketch my painting for the next day. Thank you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that Jenn! Watercolor is SO fun! Glad you’ve started trying it! 😃💕 And so is getting a free sample! hehe Send me a note here with your name and address and I’ll have one sent: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

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    Vivs Moyano 1 week ago

    Watercolor Is Wonderful!
    I think Im late, but im so happy to find this page 😀 i look foward to see and share our art

  25. Andra 1 week ago

    Watercolour is wonderful! And fun, and so is your blog. I enjoy the leaps your mind makes from a given subject to what you produce.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww thanks, Andra! 😃💕hehe… yeah, I’m not always literal with prompts… it’s so much fun that way! And so is getting a freebie! I have one for you!! Send me a note here with your name and address and I’ll have one sent: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

  26. Ellie 1 week ago

    Charlie, I cannot imagine an algorithm that could possibly apply to Doodlewash! Of course I love your paintings, but the best really is following your mind’s path both through memories and through the creation of each painting. Thanks for the unique light you are bringing into the world each day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww that’s such a sweet compliment!! Thank you so much for that, Ellie! 😃💕 It makes me happy to know that people enjoy these posts. The painting has become second nature, but the stories and writing are often the hardest part. 😊 I’m so happy to have come up with an idea to paint and then think… what the heck am I going to say about this?! Lol Hence the rambling.

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    Eliska Adema 1 week ago

    I think I’ve won a sample already, but watercolor is wonderful. Looking at those pickles makes my mouth pucker up and the insides tingle. I love the tangy ones, too. I remember jars of ‘Polski Wyrobi’ polish pickles. Yum. I have two home-grown cucumbers brought back from NC, by my neighbor. They’re sitting on my kitchen counter, begging to be painted 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Yep you already have a sample coming, Eliska! Yay! 💕😃 And you totally need to paint those! Slice ’em up a bit first to add more interest and then it’s also a perfect excuse to devour them immediately after! Yum!!

  28. Leada 1 week ago

    Watercolor is wonderful and so is your blog!

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