World Watercolor Month – Day 25 – A Mysterious Concoction

Day 25 - World Watercolor Month - A Mysterious Concoction - Cherry Lemon Turquoise - Doodlewash

After seeing today’s prompt of “cherry, lemon, & turquoise” from my lovely friend Angela Fehr, I was so happy because these are three of my most favorite colors. Well, versions of these, at least, that I prefer in quinacridone red or rose, gamboge, and cobalt teal or turquoise. One of our official sponsors for World Watercolor Month, Da Vinci Paint Co., asked me what my three favorite colors were and I said these. So I just happened to have three tubes of paint to play with for today’s quick little doodlewash. My previous attempt using only these three colors showed off the individual colors a bit more, but I love the range you can get from just a few colors. Today’s drink is completely made up so I have no idea what you’d taste if you attempted to sip through that straw. Something fruity and tropical, I assume, with just a hint of alcohol to keep things festive. Either way, this was a fast and fun experiment that I enjoyed making. That, in the end, is the most important thing of all!

Though my style is rather realistic, it’s equally a crazy mess of color splashing and letting watercolor do its thing. When I start a doodlewash, I have a picture in my mind of what I want it to look like, but watercolor does as well. So we just dive in and create what amounts to an artistic compromise. I imagined my drink to have a bit more cherry flavoring, but watercolor was thirsty for orange. Perhaps a bit of mango, which I myself am allergic to and would never think to add to a drink. The result, is absolutely never what I set out to make, and that’s the exact reason why I find watercolor so enthralling. If you know what’s going to happen next, things could all get a bit boring. Watercolor makes sure that you’re consistently surprised, often pleasantly, and other times sadly, but it’s always guaranteed to be an exciting experience! In the end, it’s the actual experience that matters most and not the final outcome. I’d much rather have a blast creating something so-so than bored to tears, even if the end result was a masterpiece. Although that’s a perfectly subjective and completely undefinable term.

I hope that you’ve had a blast creating each and every wonderful thing you’ve posted this month! I know I’ve enjoyed seeing each and every watercolor you post! And if you haven’t yet, please, please consider making a donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation in honor of the month by clicking here. There’s not much time left, but I know that together we can make a huge impact on the lives of children. And I once again, of course, have something to give back to you! Today’s gift is for anyone who hasn’t yet gotten anything this month in either the official giveaways or these sample posts on Doodlewash. If you haven’t be told you’re getting something, then today may just be your day! I’m giving a Joe Miller Travel Painter Palette with a round sable brush to the first 10 people who comment with the phrase “Always Have Fun!” directly below in the comments on It’s a blast to use watercolors each and every day, especially on that lovely day when what you end up with turns out to be a mysterious concoction.

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About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co. Watercolors: Quinacridone Red, Gamboge, Cobalt Turquoise.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 25 - World Watercolor Month - A Mysterious Concoction - Cherry Lemon Turquoise - Doodlewash
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  1. Charlie Nieman 1 year ago

    Really love the perspective on your glass/straw

    Always have fun

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Charlie!! Glad you liked it! 😃💕 And yes to always having fun! And yay! You’ve gotten something this month!

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    This is a creative mashup for sure. I don’t drink alcohol but even I know you don’t drink alcohol with a straw. So maybe this is a lemonade iced tea, something I enjoy on a hot day, and maybe you do also. The fun of summer drinks is trying something new and the fun of watercolor is painting that moves by its own impulses. The drink looks festive – I imagine it tastes terrific!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 I think it must taste terrific as well! hehe… but yeah, I really only drink wine, so I’m not sure what this even is.

  3. Lisa Cihlar 1 year ago

    I kind of want one of those drinks. Bendy straws get me every time!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thank you! Yes!! Bendy straws are the BEST!! Lol…. I don’t think I even care what the drink is… they just make it more fun!! 😃💕

  4. Susan Cuss 1 year ago

    Love your mystery drink!

  5. Agatha 1 year ago

    I think I’m already up for one of these from last time, but it seems that you indeed “Always Have Fun!” with the themes! The straw is looking great!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Yes! You’ve got goodies coming! hehe And thanks, Agatha! 😃💕 Yeah, I always have a blast with prompts… bending them to fit my will like a straw!

  6. Imtenan 1 year ago

    Always Have Fun! Turquoise has always been one of my favorite colours too 🙂

  7. Lydia 1 year ago

    Well I always have fun here! I call this combo my holy trinity. LOVE these colors. Re: the mango allergy? Do you have a latex allergy? Mango is cross reactive, as is pineapple and kiwi and a few other things. I feel for you as I have some food allergies that make me sad, like walnuts and some latex derivatives. but at least we can paint them 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Lydia! 😃💕 Actually, mango is the only thing I’m allergic too, which is super weird! Lol But I’m so thrilled you always have fun here on Doodlewash!

  8. Vernelle 1 year ago

    Have probably won something already, but it’s fantastic to emphasise to Always Have Fun!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Yes! I already have you down for something, Vernelle! But it’s definitely great to say, always have fun!! 😃💕

  9. Jodi 1 year ago

    Always Have Fun Charlie! I know YOU do! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      hehe!! I DO! Live is just better that way! 😃💕 And I already have you down for prizes so yay!

  10. June Hadaway 1 year ago

    You paint your drinks so refreshing. Maybe a beverage recipe book? With your illustrations of course.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks so much, June! 😃💕 My drink illustrations are a bit fantasy. I tend to only drink wine so I’m not sure I’d have enough to fill a book! hehe

  11. June Hadaway 1 year ago

    Oops… always have fun. Already won something.Good luck to the rest. 😊

  12. Astrid Beyleveld 1 year ago

    This is way cool and I will drink your mango if you drink my booze which gives me heartburn and we will help each other out. Always have fun and no I don’t think I can win twice thanks for the first time though. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Astrid!! 😃💕 Actually booze doesn’t like me as well these days, but wine seems to be okay! hehe

  13. Jackie 1 year ago

    I like how these colors look together. They would look good in an eyeshadow palette 🙂

  14. The Red Haired Lass 1 year ago

    Always have fun! I just learned of your beautiful work today from the Understanding Blue blog. I am thrilled to be following such a talented artist, I can’t wait to see more. ☺

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww you’re too sweet! And yay! 😃💕 I’m so happy you followed! Lydia is a gem! And you won a free palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here:

  15. Tommy Jo 1 year ago

    Always have fun with WC

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Yes!! Watercolor is indeed a requirement for having the most fun ever! And yay, Tommy Jo! 😃💕You get a palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here:

  16. Deanna 1 year ago

    Always have fun!

  17. Cynthia Zutavern 1 year ago

    Thanks for your great artwork each day..sure mskes my day and reminds me to “always have fun”!

  18. Vicki Rowley 1 year ago

    I await your doodle-blog every day and am never disappointed in your inspiring words! Thanks!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Vicki! 😃💕 I really can’t thank you enough for those inspiring words. It’s tough to post each day, but I’m thrilled you enjoy them! And yay! I already have you down for a prize!

  19. Meenakshi Goel 1 year ago

    This is mouthwatering!! Happy painting!

  20. Swarup M 1 year ago

    Always have fun!

  21. Jan Williams 1 year ago

    Not knowing how things will turn out is why I enjoy watercolours too. I “Always Have Fun!” when I paint, I think that’s why I can’t paint commercially.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      That’s the perfect reason to love watercolors, Jan! And I’m the same way. I’ve had commercial watercolors, only because someone liked what I made that day. I just paint for fun! 😃💕You get a palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here:

  22. Shannon 1 year ago

    Wow! That is so awesome. Charlie how long have you been painting?

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Shannon! 😃💕 I started in July, 2015… hence that being the month I chose for World Watercolor Month. hehe So just over 2 years. But every single day! Daily painting is awesome!!

      • Shannon 1 year ago

        Oh Very cool! So I could potentially be this good in two years? 😇Goals

  23. Linda Olsson 1 year ago

    Always have fun! 😘

  24. Sandra Gilbert 1 year ago

    Lol, today was definitely a fun experiment that resulted in a strange and wonderful abstract. And nope that isn’t what I set out to do… But that IS the fun part!

    Your mystery drink looks refreshing… I hope you had as much fun as I did painting it 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      hehe, thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Isn’t it fun! I love that watercolor will always manage to surprise you. That’s why I LOVE this medium!!!

  25. Eliska Adema 1 year ago

    I love your description of your interaction with watercolor. What I say is that “I’m busy painting in the middle of the picture and it’s busy working on the bottom” The majority of watercolors I make have minimal pre-planning, and lots of spontaneous action

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Eliska! 😃💕 hehe… it’s that spontaneous action that makes watercolor soooo incredible!!

  26. Elizabeth Metz 1 year ago

    Dude. I don’t even drink, and *I want that drink now*. Your description makes me think it needs a tiny umbrella, probably made of turquoise rice paper, too. 😀

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