World Watercolor Month – Day 17 – Running Wild

Day 17 - World Watercolor Month - Horse Running Wild Watercolor - Doodlewash

Today’s prompt of “running wild” described perfectly how I’ve been feeling lately trying to keep up with everything that’s happening with World Watercolor Month! I adore the energy, enthusiasm and all the paintings that I see each and every minute and I find myself always rushing to view them all. I feel like a wild horse charging forward at times, so I decided to doodlewash one for today. Actually, when I first thought of painting a horse, I nearly painted a dessert instead, because horses are really tough to capture. But since this is the month to try new things and take chances, I charged forward and made a horse instead. It’s very freeing to just paint what’s on your mind instead of resorting to what you’re sure you can paint well. This is only the third time I’ve painted a horse and the second one was a unicorn, which I guess sort of counts. What I do know is that you should always allow yourself to take chances and just DO what’s on your mind. Just go for it and see what happens next, without worrying about whether or not it’s something easy or difficult. It’s always guaranteed to be something fun!

I used to ride horses as a kid, though I haven’t actually done so in years. I loved the feeling of being on a horse during a hard trot, rushing through the trees, feeling like someone had pressed fast forward on the world itself. It’s an amazing feeling to have time both stand still, and rush forward, all in the same moment. I was so into horses that I had several toy versions of them in a little wooden stable. They were all Breyer horses as those always seemed to be the most realistic. I knew them, so I wouldn’t settle for a rushed interpretation. There’s such an interesting bond between horse and rider. I’m still not entirely sure the horse was happy about the fact that I was sitting on top of him, but we still connected. We understood each other and knew what to do next, together. It’s an amazing feeling to experience that type of connection. I honestly feel that same connection with all of you. Loving watercolor is such a transformative thing, and it’s such a thrill to be surrounded by so many people who feel the same exact way.

And as we push through this amazing month, I do hope that you’ll stop for a moment and support the spirit of giving that it was founded for in the first place. If you haven’t yet, please consider making a donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation in honor of World Watercolor Month!  And as always, I have something to give back to you as well! Today, I’m giving the first 5 artists who haven’t yet received one yet, a Hahnemühle Cézanne, mould-made, 300gsm, Cold-Press, 9.44″x12.59″, 10 sheet block. Just comment directly on doodlewash.com to let me know you one want one with the phrase, “Paint From The Heart!” We’re past the mid-point of the month so for all of you taking on the 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge, please keep charging forward. Share you beauty with the world to see and make something new each and every day. It’s not about trying to create your next masterpiece. It’s just about rushing forward, forgetting time and space, and happily painting whatever comes to mind. Perhaps, even running wild!

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 Day 17 - World Watercolor Month - Horse Running Wild Watercolor - Doodlewash
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72 Comments
  1. Tussah 1 week ago

    Paint From The Heart! Wow, what a gorgeous horse!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 And I’ll have Hahnemühle send you a sample!

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    Paint from the heart!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Yes to that always, Sharon!! 😃💕 And I’ll have Hahnemühle send you a sample!

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    Carol Hartmann 1 week ago

    Charlie, this horse is magnificent! There is nothing you can’t paint! Id love to paint from the heart on that paper 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww you’re too sweet!! Thanks, Carol!! 😊💕 And you’ll get your chance! I’ll have Hahnemühle send you a sample!

  4. Kaitlyn Thomas 1 week ago

    Paint From The Heart! That horse is wonderful – I own one that looks just like it. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks, Kaitlyn! 😊💕 And cool!! That’s so awesome you have a horse!! And yay! I’ll have Hahnemühle send you a sample!

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    Tamiko McCurry 1 week ago

    “Paint From The Heart!”

  6. June Hadaway 1 week ago

    Paint from the heart. What a beautiful horse. Your paintings are soooo good.

    • June Hadaway 1 week ago

      Have you ever been to Chincoteague, Virginia where they round up the wild ponies?

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        Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

        Thanks, June!! 😃💕 I’ve not been there, but sounds like it would be a wonderful experience! And I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving them out!

  7. Crystal T 1 week ago

    Paint from the heart!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Yes to that, Crystal!😃💕 I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving them out!

  8. Lisa Cihlar 1 week ago

    Paint from the heart!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Yes to that, Lisa!😃💕 I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

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    Sandee Setliff 1 week ago

    Love the Hahnemühle Cézanne! ( I already have one ) I use to have a horse, he would follow me around like a big ole puppy dog, so sweet! “Paint From The Heart!”…definitely!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww that’s so sweet, Sandee! I loved it when I’d get a horse that was like that… my sister-in-law had one that would only respond to her and nearly wanted to kick everyone else! hehe 😊

  10. Lisa Cihlar 1 week ago

    Wow! Horses are hard! I’m humbled!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Just a tough of daily practice!

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    Charlie, you really did move away from what makes you comfortable in art – and this painting is wonderful, capturing your spirit as well as the horse’s. Please do not tell me you made in less than a half hour as you were running short of time, because that will have me sobbing all night long. Painting only with green, blue, and neutral proves your genius sufficiently – now admit you spent hours on this and missed dinner altogether.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Uhmmmm…. I…. took a bit longer on this one? 😊hehe… But it was still in my little hour as I never want to miss dinner!! Philippe’s cooking is too awesome!! And I realized I forgot to update my colors, so I’m not quite as awesome as that! I’m moving way too fast these days… like this horse! But it was great to get out of my comfort zone and try this. I realized I had never attempted an entire horse in my life, so yay! 😃💕

  12. Nicole Douthit 1 week ago

    Beautiful!

  13. Michelle Irizarry 1 week ago

    Beautiful painting!

  14. Jessica chaves 1 week ago

    Paint from the heart. Thanks again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Yes to that, Jessica! And it’s my pleasure!😃💕 I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

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    Susan Cuss 1 week ago

    Beautiful horse! Paint from the Heart!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks so much, Susan!! 😃💕 I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

  16. Teri Casper 1 week ago

    Paint from the heart. Charlie, this horse is awesome. So much energy in it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww thanks, Teri! 😃💕 I wasn’t sure if I could pull this off, but I ended up liking it in the end! Fun to try something challenging! And I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

  17. Jodi 1 week ago

    WOWZA!!!!!!! to the horse Charlie!!!!!!! Amazing!!!! <3 Paint from the Heart! <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww thanks, Jodi!! 😃💕 Yeah, I was sooo happy when a horse actually appeared… lol … it was so challenging! And I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

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    Mary McDonough 1 week ago

    Love the horse painting and your blog. I just returned from a watercolor painting demo by an artist who has been painting for 70 years. You could feel his love for the painting as he quietly painted and then told us how he loves it and paints almost every day. Then I came home and read your blog about the connection with watercolor and all of us connected through the watercolor. I am so glad I have discover this amazing process of paint and water….and a lot of fun to fill my retirement days.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks so much, Mary!! 😃💕 I’m thrilled you joined our community here! Yay! And wow!! 70 years? I won’t be around to paint that long, that’s so amazing. But it’s truly a magical thing, and such a wonderful thing for retirement! (and this is the part when I show no jealously at all that you’re retired and I’m not! hehe Big hug!)

  19. Agatha 1 week ago

    Paint From The Heart! Oh my, too late, I did follow the blog all day waiting for the post, but still didn’t catch it in time today!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Yes to that Agatha! 😃💕 Yeah, this one is tougher because I only have 5, but you can sign up in the sidebar on my site to receive my posts in email as soon as I post them. I post in the evenings CST time… whenever I finish, which is roughly consistent, but can vary by an hour so so. And there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

  20. EK O'Connor 1 week ago

    What a fantastic horse painting! You have the best daily prizes, too! I did donate to the foundation, but I will also be sending them some art supplies shortly.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks so much!! And yay! Thanks so much for donating to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!! 😃💕

  21. Dodie 1 week ago

    Paint From The Heart. Your 3rd (!) Horse is amazing with so much great energy. I love your spirit and it comes through in your work. Well Done.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks so much, Dodie! 😃💕 What a lovely compliment! And I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

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    YesterdayAfter 1 week ago

    Paint From The Heart! I love this wild horse Charlie! Let’s keep running this month of July is amazing!!! 😉 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Isn’t it cool?!! Having such a blast this month and love see all the enthusiasm and new folks joining in the celebration! Yay! 😃💕And I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

  23. Kirsty R 1 week ago

    “Paint From The Heart!”

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Yes to that, Kirsty!😃💕 I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

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    Sandra Gilbert 7 days ago

    I love your horse….

  25. Well I found some time to catch a sneak peak on WP and what a surprise, a horse 😀Made my day as I have little time to check out others lately, or post myself….maybe you will have sent me some of that galloping strive to get posting again more frequently. They are tough beasts to paint, I still struggle with whole bodies, third attempt, bravo, 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Thank you for a great catch up Charlie ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Rebecca!!!! I was actually thinking about you when I posted this, but didn’t think you’d see it!! Yay!! That made my day!! So happy you liked him! 😃💕And yes… this horse has been sent to tell you to post more often!! Hope all is going well with you! Big hugs!

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    Kaye Boggs 7 days ago

    you can SO paint a horse!!

  27. cybaea 7 days ago

    That’s a great painting!

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    Lydia 7 days ago

    I think you always paint from the heart! This is spectacular! Not a doodle in the least! I’m amazed.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww you’re too sweet! Thanks so much, Lydia! 😃💕hehe… they’re all my doodlewashes, but some turn out cooler than others. I liked how this guy turned out. Glad you did too!

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    Martha Keim 7 days ago

    Paint from the heart. Woohoo

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Yes to that, Martha!😃💕 I ran out of samples today, but there are two more Monday’s left where I’m giving these out!

  30. Jakki G 7 days ago

    Your horse is amazing! Such movement and grace. I love the little dots of colour behind his hoof – you can so clearly sense his speed. Well done! I love the way you have layered the paint to get the coat colour. Being new to the art of watercolour, it is important and helpful to me that I see the techniques ‘in action.’ A lot to learn from this beautiful painting – certainly not a doodle! Which is not to demean doodles by the way – they are important. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks, Jakki! 😃💕hehe! I coined the term doodlewash so I had something to call my watercolor paintings instead of “art” as that’s so silly and relative and nobody can agree on what it means anyway! So it’s definitely always a “doodlewash”! And so happy you liked this one!!

  31. Ellie 7 days ago

    What a fantastic painting, Charlie! This is one of your best – I keep looking over it finding more detail. Love the splatters that give it the sense of kicking up dirt. And all with only four colors. : ) I think your long love and connection with horses really crept into this one. Just beautiful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie!! What a sweet compliment! 😃💕 I was pleased with how this one came out and it was fun to splatter paint a bit as I don’t usually do that! And I love limited palette… it’s way more fun to mix and layer colors on paper for me. I probably could have done this in 3 but I love M Graham Azo Orange!

  32. memadtwo 6 days ago

    Wow Charlie. Just wow for this one. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 I have to admit I was a little shocked to see an actual horse appear! I’m pleased with how this one turned out! Glad you liked it to!

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    Jacob 6 days ago

    The combination of movement, power and majesty in this horse is incredible – and no mean feat. Bravo, Charlie O!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 It was fun to gallop out of my comfort zone. hehe… and yeah… I nearly ran away screaming, but I’m glad I muddled through this one. I’m not sure I could replicate it, so might be back to dogs next. lol

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    Kate Powell 6 days ago

    Charlie I love this!

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