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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About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, 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!