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 doodlewash.com. 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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53 thoughts on “World Watercolor Month – Day 25 – A Mysterious Concoction”
Really love the perspective on your glass/straw
Always have fun
Thanks so much, Charlie!! Glad you liked it! 😃💕 And yes to always having fun! And yay! You’ve gotten something this month!
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!
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.
I kind of want one of those drinks. Bendy straws get me every time!
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!! 😃💕
Love your mystery drink!
Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕
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!
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!
Always Have Fun! Turquoise has always been one of my favorite colours too 🙂
Yay to that! 😃💕 And yay to free things! You get a palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
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 🙂
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!
Have probably won something already, but it’s fantastic to emphasise to Always Have Fun!
Yes! I already have you down for something, Vernelle! But it’s definitely great to say, always have fun!! 😃💕
Always Have Fun Charlie! I know YOU do! 🙂
hehe!! I DO! Live is just better that way! 😃💕 And I already have you down for prizes so yay!
You paint your drinks so refreshing. Maybe a beverage recipe book? With your illustrations of course.
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
Oops… always have fun. Already won something.Good luck to the rest. 😊
Yep you have things coming! But it’s always good to say that, isn’t it?! 😃
Oh yes! 😊
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. 🙂
Thanks so much, Astrid!! 😃💕 Actually booze doesn’t like me as well these days, but wine seems to be okay! hehe
I like how these colors look together. They would look good in an eyeshadow palette 🙂
Oh my gosh, that’s awesome, Jackie! 😃💕hehe Yay!
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. ☺
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: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
Always have fun with WC
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: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
Always have fun!
Yes to that, Deanna! And yay! 😃💕You get a palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
Thanks for your great artwork each day..sure mskes my day and reminds me to “always have fun”!
Aww thanks so much, Cynthia!! And yay! 😃💕You get a palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
I await your doodle-blog every day and am never disappointed in your inspiring words! Thanks!
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!
This is mouthwatering!! Happy painting!
Thanks so much, Meenakshi! 😃💕
Always have fun!
Yay, Swarup!! 😃💕You get a palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
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.
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: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
Wow! That is so awesome. Charlie how long have you been painting?
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!!
Oh Very cool! So I could potentially be this good in two years? 😇Goals
Always have fun! 😘
Yes to that, Linda!! And yay! 😃💕You get a palette! Just send me a note via my contact form with your full name and address here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
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 🙂
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!!!
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
Thanks so much, Eliska! 😃💕 hehe… it’s that spontaneous action that makes watercolor soooo incredible!!
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. 😀