World Watercolor Month – Day 22 – The Colors Of Summer

Day 22 - World Watercolor Month - Colors Of Summer Beach Drink - Doodlewash

For today’s doodlewash, I decided to get a bit experimental by skipping my pen and simply doing a quick sketch with a brush and watercolor in answer to the “colors of summer” prompt for today. This made things look a bit blurry, like squinting into the sun surrounded by waves of heat, or simply having one too many of these drinks. Either way, it was a fun experiment to see what would happen. Just 9 more paintings to go for World Watercolor Month and it’s been a fun month indeed. If you haven’t made it over to look at the official gallery, then stop reading this drivel and go check it out immediately! So many wonderful paintings there and it’s been amazing to watch new ones show up every few minutes. Today, summer has decided to show off a bit by bringing insane heat. According my weather app, it feels like 112F (45C), which, with the high humidity makes walking outdoors feel like walking into someone’s mouth. So, I’ve spent the day hiding safely inside my house.

I’ve never been a fan of the heat, and honestly prefer colder weather. I think it’s because I tend to run warm and don’t really enjoy sweating. Or, more likely, the little kid in me loves fall and winter because it means we’re getting closer to Christmas! When I was a kid, the summers were never this hot, a side effect of our warming planet. But not much would stop me from playing outdoors back then. Hopping on my bike to head off and explore was a blast. And those summer days, with no school or homework, were each like a little gift. As an adult, the weekends are similar and I’ve been enjoying this one in spite of the heat. On days like this, when it seems I have plenty of time to do things, I tend to get distracted easily and end up getting not much at all done. I nearly forgot what time it was and realized I better paint something quick! It was fun to just splash some paint around and play, like I was that little kid again, making the most of summer break.

This evening, a dear friend is coming over, so I’ll be signing off soon. But, before I go, I would be remiss not to share some lovely gifts with you! For today, I once again have that little metal palette you see next to the World Watercolor Month logo. This is a Joe Miller Travel Painter Palette with a round sable brush, and I have 10 of them for anyone who hasn’t yet been awarded one. Simply comment directly below on doodlewash.com and add the phrase “Paint Every Day!” to let me know you’d like one. I think that daily painting is incredibly rewarding. It’s not just seeing the small improvements over time, it’s equally the feeling that you can let yourself play and not worry about creating something “perfect.” For me, it’s just indulging in a wonderful little habit that enriches my day and makes me feel good. Whether I’m carefully creating something when I have a little extra time, or quickly splashing around paint with a burst of exuberance, like a little boy, simply enjoying the colors of summer.

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 Day 22 - World Watercolor Month - Colors Of Summer Beach Drink - Doodlewash

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71 Comments
  1. Grace Millette 4 months ago

    I’d love to ‘paint every day’ and am believing in your inspiration to help get me there!
    Thank-you again!!??

    • Grace Millette 4 months ago

      Your drink looks wonderfully thirst quenching. Too much heat can be so draining,unless all one need do is enjoy your array of refreshments!!! Blitz, with his furry Shepherd body surely agrees and is loving the basement we’ve recently moved into. Enjoy your evening!!!

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        Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

        Thanks so much, Grace!! 😃💕I hope you had a lovely evening as well! And YES you can totally paint every day! it just takes a bit of time carved out and the rest is pure FUN!! And yay, you get a free palette as well to help inspire you! Send me a note here with your address and I’ll have one send: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

  2. Lydia 4 months ago

    The fact that you’ve inspired me to “paint every day” has changed my summer radically. I’ve learned a ton – not least of which is my new favorite phrase “walking into someone’s mouth” HAHAHA! I’ve always looked for a way to describe our blazing hot and humid days here. (which are all of them) so thanks for that!!! 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hahaha! Glad to help describe that horrible feeling, Lydia! Lol 😃💕 And yay to being inspired to paint every day! That’s awesome!! And I’ll have a palette sent your way!

  3. Shannon 4 months ago

    Wow! Awesome “quick sketch” ! We are melting here in Texas lol😊 Enjoy your company! And of course “paint everyday”

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Shannon!! 😃💕 Yeah… Texas must be super hot!! And I already have you down for one of these palettes so yay!

  4. Susan Cuss 4 months ago

    Paint Every Day! That drink looks refreshing!
    Maybe I’ve won one already?

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan!! 😃💕 And I don’t have down for this particular one so I’ll have one sent!

  5. Agatha Taylor 4 months ago

    Paint Every Day! Its hard, but the results are worth It!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes to that, Agatha!! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have a palette sent to you!

      • Agatha 4 months ago

        Thank you so much! Those are so cute and will make for an excellent travel buddy 🙂

  6. Jakki G 4 months ago

    I have been trying to Paint Every Day!! I am still not able to paint “things” but my washes are improving!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      yay! That’s awesome, Jakki!! 😃💕That’s how you do it!! hehe And I already have you down for one of these so cool!

  7. Rachel 4 months ago

    My six year old and I have been trying to Paint Every Day! Its such a fun thing for us to do together, and it gives us some time to quietly be together without screens or crazy busyness!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Ohhhh, I LOVE hearing that! That’s awesome! Such a wonderful thing to do together! 😃💕 And yay! You get a free palette as well. Send me a note here with your full name and address and I’ll have one sent: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

  8. Kathryn 4 months ago

    Paint Every Day!

  9. Wendy Nelson 4 months ago

    I don’t know if I’ve won this one so I’m going to try. Have a great time with your friends Charlie! Paint Every Day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Wendy! 😃💕 And yep, I already have you down for this one, so yay!

  10. Kathryn 4 months ago

    …and don’t press “send” too soon when you comment!
    This community gives me encouragement and prodding – just when I need it. Thanks to all from a VERY new artist (been drawing and painting since September 2016 at the ripe old age of 65+). I’m as happy as I have ever been.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That’s my favorite story to hear, Kathryn!! Yay!! I’m thrilled that you’re part of the community and yep… we’ll keep right on prodding you to DO … each and every day!! 😉💕

  11. Lisa Cihlar 4 months ago

    Paint every day! I have been!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay! Awesome, Lisa! Keep DOing it! 😃💕And yay, I’ll have a palette sent to you!

  12. Linda Hartzig 4 months ago

    Paint Every Day This is my dream…I need to just do it

  13. Debbie 4 months ago

    Paint every day!

  14. TinTomKiwi 4 months ago

    Paint every day! I wish I could do that. But I’m dreaming of painting every day 😉 – one day …
    Really love your ‘doidlewashes’.
    Tina

  15. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    I’m not sure what kind of drink is lolling about in that pretty glass, but it looks delicious. The shadow is great with the reflected colors. I’m also not a high heat lover, but walking in the shade or lazing under an umbrella are pretty decent summer activities.

    You’ve noted often how wonderful it is to see all the work posted on the Doodlewash Gallery, and I wanted to mention how much I’ve been enjoying all your talented guest artists. It’s like wandering through a museum. Love it!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 And isn’t it?? We’ve built keep a unique and lovely salon here on Doodlewash. I’m guessing by now it’s the largest dedicated gallery of watercolor artists in the world! Yay!

  16. June Hadaway 4 months ago

    Paint Everyday. Looks like the Sangria I had for dinner. 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Sangria sounds like the perfect dinner companion, June!! hehe 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  17. Billie Moan 4 months ago

    “Paint Every Day”! I haven’t posted them, but have painted them…

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww yay!! Post them here on Doodlewash, Billie!! Or at least one! hehe… I want to see!! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  18. Manan Gupta 4 months ago

    “Paint Every Day!”

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes to that, Manan! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  19. Laura 4 months ago

    Paint everyday! Love your post and reading about your summer memories!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  20. Jacob 4 months ago

    The lack of pen certainly makes the temperature soar a few degrees, and makes this stylish tipple all the more desirable! It escalated to an unwelcome 29C here a few days ago, but now we’re back to the more usual 19s and 20s which is a tremendous relief. Stay cool 😉

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Ugh… you’re just bragging! LOL I WANT those temperatures!! 40 is not a livable environment!! LOL And thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Glad you liked this one. I have to admit that I do like a little bit of pen edge, but I think it works to add that haze of heat!

  21. Patricia Grocott 4 months ago

    Paint every day.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes to that, Patricia! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  22. Heather Parker 4 months ago

    Paint everyday

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes to that, Heather! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  23. Hania 4 months ago

    I already won the palette, but I think this one without the lines is my favourite! It’s lovely 🙂

  24. Sandra Gilbert 4 months ago

    Now that is a lovely looking drink… It looks like relaxing and fun is soon to be had.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! Yes, it was! So needing some relaxing and fun time! (outside of painting of course! 😉)

  25. Jill Kuhn 4 months ago

    Cheers Charlie! ❤️

  26. Linda Olsson 4 months ago

    Paint every day!
    (And thats the best advice ever )
    ❤️

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yeah, right? We all should! Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  27. Pili Diaz 4 months ago

    Paint every day! I think I am again too late 🙄

  28. krishnakumarsinghblog 4 months ago

    nice article

  29. SWH2013 4 months ago

    I would like that beautiful drink right now. It’s 80 degrees at 7 am and so humid. I’m not a fan of hot weather as well…………Hate this hot humid summer we are having. I’m so happy to have found your blog as I have been in a painting drought for 3 months. Hoping for inspiration to get started again. #painteveryday

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Awesome!! So happy you found Doodlewash! Yes, to painting every day…. it’s soooo much FUN! And yeah, I’m already ready for fall! lol 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  30. coyotespirit 4 months ago

    Paint Every Day!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes to that! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  31. Meenakshi Goel 4 months ago

    Charlie your words are filled with vibrant colors! They are so energetic everytime! Yeah painting everyday gives liberty to play with colors and indeed improvement is noticed itself❤ Happy Painting 🎨 Worldwatercolor Month is a celebration like Christmas in July😊 Keep growing, Keep inspiring💕

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      aww thanks so much for YOUR wonderful and encouraging words, Meenakshi!! 😃💕 Love that!

  32. Ellie 4 months ago

    hahaha! “Like walking into someone’s mouth.” That will keep me giggling for days. Your doodle-less drink really does look like it’s shimmering in the summer heat – well done! What a fun experiment.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe.. thanks, Ellie! 😃💕 I’m glad you caught that bit. lol It’s exactly what it feels like though! And thanks so much!

  33. Swarup M 4 months ago

    Paint every day and I try my best to do that!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes! DO, Swarup! hehe… it’s such a fun thing! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples today, but check back each day!

  34. Jennifer Walker 4 months ago

    Paint Every Day! A new motto! This month has been encouraging me to keep practicing art!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so fantastic to hear, Jennifer! 😃💕 Yay!! (And I’m out of samples for this post, but check back!)

  35. Elizabeth Metz 1 month ago

    Not blurry. *Expressive*.

    #PRspin FTW 😀

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