World Watercolor Month – Day 27 – A Lone Sunflower

Day 27 - World Watercolor Month - A Lone Sunflower In A Glass Vase - Doodlewash

Today’s prompt of sunshine made me think of sunflowers. Most likely because I live in Missouri and share a border with Kansas, which has been deemed the Sunflower State. Also, I rarely paint flowers of any kind, so I figured this was as good an opportunity as any to give one another go. I’ve no idea why, but I just don’t fancy painting flowers, so I find them quite challenging. Instead of avoiding them entirely, I like to challenge myself by attempting to paint one every now and then. So that’s where we landed today. I remember walking with my grandmother as she would point out various wildflowers on the side of the road. The names she would give them were never the official botanical names and in some cases were rather questionable. But I loved learning her names for each of them. She’s gone now, and so all I have are these memories, but they are among my favorite memories of all. Even something as simple as a sunflower makes me think of her. And that means that the making of this simple doodlewash was a lovely experience after all.

Much of what I choose to paint are pieces of memories. Fragments, really, that display things devoid of all of their context. Simple objects that aren’t particularly special on the surface, but when you dig down to the memories and moments they evoke, they become much more important. And the best part is, the memories aren’t shared in the exact same way. For me, this evokes moments with my grandmother, but for you it might be something else entirely. Perhaps, if you’ve not seen this particularly flower, it may evoke no memory at all. This may be why I don’t often paint them. It’s equally why I don’t often paint specific scenes. These memories are only accessible to people who’ve actually traveled to those locations or dreamed about them. I guess, in the end, my little paintings are simply meant to be the beginning of some story. Not a complete story, but something I hope you’ll transform into your story. A small notion that always starts with a simple “once upon a time.”

And as we near the end of World Watercolor Month, I hope you’ve been painting a ton of memories each day. I’ve been so inspired by each piece that appears in our Official Gallery and more amazed that so many more of you than last year have made it to these last few days of the month! Painting every single day is quite an accomplishment, so kudos to you for making it happen! And once again today, I have a little present to give to some of you. Today, I have American Journey Artists’ Watercolor Nomad Sets (if you haven’t yet received one) for the first 10 people who comment on doodlewash.com with the phrase “Let’s Make Memories Together!” When thousands of people come together to paint with watercolor, there are always memories being made and that’s an incredible experience indeed! In the end, it’s just the act of putting watercolor to paper that matters. You might just make an incredible scene that leaves people wondering how the heck you did that, or instead, you might just take a little moment out of your day to make a simple memory of a lone sunflower.

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 Day 27 - World Watercolor Month - A Lone Sunflower In A Glass Vase - Doodlewash

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74 Comments
  1. Agatha Taylor 4 months ago

    Let’s Make Memories Together! I for one will have lotes of memories for when this journey ends!

    • Tamiko McCurry 4 months ago

      I agree.. I think we all shall

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That’s so wonderful to hear, Agatha!! And I hope you’ll keep right on painting with us into August and beyond! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

  2. Autumn Linde 4 months ago

    I love your sunflower! I hope to be able to paint one as beautiful as yours. I must keep practicing! 😊Let’s make memories together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Autumn! Flowers are really my thing, but I make myself do them every so often! hehe 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

  3. Jan Williams 4 months ago

    “Let’s Make Memories Together!”

  4. Michelle Irizarry 4 months ago

    Let’s make memories together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes let’s, Michelle! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

  5. Tamiko McCurry 4 months ago

    “Let’s Make Memories Together!”

    • Tamiko McCurry 4 months ago

      If u havent figured it out already.. I am a sunflower.. I could probably write my own story.. Charlie I live the parts of u u share with us..

    • Tamiko McCurry 4 months ago

      LOVE.. I have fatfingeritis on my phone

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Let’s do it!! I already have you down for one of these so yay, Tamiko!! And thanks for the lovely comment… and you should totally write your story, sunflower!! 😉💕

  6. Swarup M 4 months ago

    Let’s make memories together!

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    Your sunflower portrait is gorgeous. Charlie, I didn’t realize you live in Missouri. My son and his family are road trekking there later this summer to see the solar eclipse. And sunflowers are his wife’s favorite flowers. Fields of sunflowers are amazing to see – all the beautiful golden heads peering toward the distance, as if waiting for something spectacular to happen.

    Not sure where this is going but there must be a connection.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Glad you liked this! I’m never sure about my flower portaits! Yep… I’m in Missouri and we have our glasses ready for the eclipse!

  8. Tommy Jo 4 months ago

    et’s Make Memories Together!

    • Tommy Jo 4 months ago

      Let’s make memories together! My “L” wasn’t working.

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        Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

        hehe! It would have counted! 😉 Yes let’s, Tommy Jo! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

  9. June Hadaway 4 months ago

    Sunflowers…my father loved them too. He always planted one in his garden just to keep the birds away from his fruit. Like you, with your grandmother, I associate these flowers in the same way. They are nice memories that keep us close. And yes, I think I am already on your list for a Nomad case from week one or two. Thank you for sharing another wonderful memory. I look forward to reading the next one. 🤗

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 And yes I have you down for one of these! Glad you enjoyed this… it’s amazing how the simplest things create such strong memories.

  10. Jodi 4 months ago

    You have created so many amazing memories for so many, Charlie! Happy Sunny Sunflower!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much for being a part of it, Jodi! It’s all way more fun with friends to play with! 💕😃

  11. Deanna 4 months ago

    Fun! Let’s make memories together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes let’s, Deanna! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

  12. Carol Hartmann 4 months ago

    Your sunflower is cheerful and fresh, and your grandmother would be proud of your painting, your story, and you! I can’t believe the month is almost over and we are headed for the home stretch. Mostly I can’t believe that I have played along and painted something every day! 🎨 😍 🌻

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Carol! Glad you liked this post! 😃💕 And thrilled that you made it to the end!! Yay!! hehe… It’s been awesome this year… I felt like slightly fewer people started the challenge, but more people than ever are about to complete it! SO COOL!!

  13. Lisa 4 months ago

    I love sunflowers! I had a couple of friends over today to paint. I was fun making memories together.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay!! I love that Lisa! Painting with friends is the BEST! 😃💕

  14. Damita M-S 4 months ago

    The Sunflower is so beautiful. I love sunflowers it’s apart of my business brand and my home style. Love it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Hey there Damita!! Awww yay! 😃💕I’m thrilled you enjoyed my version then! That’s a wonderful compliment!!

  15. Meenakshi Goel 4 months ago

    “Let’s Make Memories Together!” This is so true, we are making memories together ❤

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      We totally are and it’s such an incredible experience!! Let’s keep on painting, Meenakshi! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

  16. Manan Gupta 4 months ago

    “Let’s Make Memories Together!” Happy painting!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Happy painting to you as well, Manan! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

  17. Mary Beth MCDONOUGH 4 months ago

    Let’s make memories together…..actually I believe we are making them. It has been a good month of painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww I’m so happy you think so, Mary Beth! I truly believe we are making them in a big way! 😃💕 And yay! I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send a sample!

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  19. Shannon 4 months ago

    I really love this Charlie. Your grandmother would be so proud. “Let’s make some memories” indeed! This has been a wonderful experience for me. Thank you again for what you do.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Shannon!! It’s my absolute pleasure! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!

  20. Linda Hartzig 4 months ago

    Let’s Make Memories together…..Love the Sunflower

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!

  21. Vicki Rowley 4 months ago

    Sunflowers challenge me too! I have not been pleased with many I try! But try I do! And if I’ve learned nothing else this month, it is to keep on doodling! I look forward to your posts every day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Vicki! 😃💕 Yeah, I also say, if just continue to DO… great things will happen!

  22. Jill Kuhn 4 months ago

    Thank you Charlie for sharing your stories and memories in your paintings. I find them so enjoyable. I do hope you write a book some day, my friend! 😃❤️🌻

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      It’s definitely on my bucket list! hehe Thanks so much, Jill!! I’m so happy you like my little stories and doodlewashes! 😃💕

  23. Nicole Douthit 4 months ago

    Great Sunflower! Thank You for tipping your hat to Kansas 🙂

  24. Maryna Moolman 4 months ago

    Let’s make memories together.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes, let’s, Maryna! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!

  25. TinTomKiwi 4 months ago

    Let’s make memories together. 🙂
    Sunflowers are my favourites and I love your story about your grandma, it sounds like me and my mom … I miss her so much.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yeah, it’s tough to lose people you love, but the memories are always with us… in everything around us! 😃💕 (And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!)

  26. Linda Olsson 4 months ago

    Let’s Make Memories Together! ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes, let’s, LInda! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!

  27. Heather Parker 4 months ago

    Let’s make memories together

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes, let’s, Heather! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!

  28. Sandra Gilbert 4 months ago

    Your sunflower made me smile…. Sunflowers are a favorite flower of mine, they look so cheery. I love how your paintings are of your memories…. Mine on the other are more often whatever I happen to be thinking about at the moment. So I guess I am making new memories not remembering old ones 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww yay! I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sandra! 😃💕 And yes! We’re always making new memories when we paint. I whatever is on your mind is always the best subject!

  29. Claudia Nelson 4 months ago

    “Let’s Make Memories Together!” I have learned so much from you. Thank you so much for your continued inspirations.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww that’s so wonderful to hear!! Thanks so much, Claudia! 😃💕 (And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!)

  30. Pili Diaz 4 months ago

    Let’s Make Memories Together! Well we have thanks to you Charlie. Every morning when I go to FB, I am overwhelmed with all those beautiful paintings. No better way to start your day! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Pili!! 😃💕 And yay! Glad you’re enjoying World Watercolor Group on Facebook… it definitely makes the News Feed far more beautiful!! hehe (And I’m all out of samples for today, but check back! Still a few more days to go!)

  31. Laura 4 months ago

    Beautiful doodle and what a lovely story to go with it. Thank you for sharing Charlie!

  32. Jacob 4 months ago

    A sunflower – evidently a special one! – never fails to brighten the day. Kudos to you, Charlie O, for continuing to battle the flowers. You’re braver than I 😉 It never looks like you have much trouble!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 I’m glad this looked effortless and you couldn’t hear the cursing! Lol I just never really know how to approach flowers in my style… it doesn’t seem to fit as well as a looser style. Hope all is well with you my friend! I’ve been a little buried this month and haven’t been able to visit blogs, but I’ll be back in August!! hehe (after champagne, of course!)

      • Jacob 4 months ago

        Ha, oh I can imagine – it must be a tidal wave of watercolour. You deserve a rest (and a champagne!) whenever you can fit one in! I’m doing well, though I’ve not been a particularly prolific poster recently so honestly you haven’t missed much. Things are on the up, though, so hopefully next month will prove fruitful!

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        Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

        I’ll be counting on it!! I’ll have more time next month to drop by so I’m be super disappointed if there’s nothing there to see! 😉💕

  33. Nikki 4 months ago

    Let’s Make Memories Together! I have recently started using watercolours and I hope to see improvement with time and practice!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That’s awesome Nikki!! 😃💕You’re in the right place then with Doodlewash! And I ran out of these samples, but there’s a couple posts left to try!

  34. jmnowak 4 months ago

    So delightful, Charlie! 🖼 I’m glad you keep trying with the flowers.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Janina!! I’m so happy you liked this one!😃💕

  35. Elizabeth Metz 1 month ago

    The biggest stories start with the smallest sparks. Love your sunflower! 🙂

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