World Watercolor Month – Day 29 – All The Colors In My Palette

Day 29 - World Watercolor Month - All The Colors In My Palette - Glass Candy Bowl - Doodlewash

Since today’s prompt was “rainbows,” I thought a fun experiment would be the opposite of a limited palette and I would paint using all 18 colors in my tiny little Joe Miller travel palette (the original has 12, but I added 6 more half pans). I would never recommend using all of your colors at once, but it was fun to play around and splash through them all and to rewet colors that I rarely ever use (sorry Sap Green, and you’re barely used here once again). And there really wasn’t a better model for such an experiment than a glass bowl full of candy. Not just any candy, of course, but that lovely hard candy that grandma always had. The kind that was almost too beautiful to sample and so usually ended up getting a little soft and stuck together in clumps. It was mostly meant to be decorative, I think, and to give off an inviting appearance that reflects good upbringing. I never much cared for the candy, but it was definitely a lovely centerpiece.

Sometimes, I’ve thought about having a bowl of candy like this one sitting out, but we don’t get enough visitors to impress so I haven’t done so. And I’m thinking I would actually sample them more than I should, so it’s probably for the best. I did get an odd silver reindeer bowl at Christmas with the intent of filling it with starlight mints. Not only did I fail to fill it, I failed to return it to the closet, so it’s still sitting on the table and now holds the remotes for the Luminara candles. I’m looking at it now thinking I should probably put it away and bring it back out for the holidays. But failing a better plan for those remotes, I think I’ll just leave well enough alone. I’m not really really sure where this stream of consciousness is leading me, but there are times when logic leaves us and those can be some of the most wonderful moments of all.

There’s just a couple days left of World Watercolor Month and it’s been an amazing month indeed! My favorite part has been hearing from so many people who have used the month to get back into painting again or to start for the very first time. Yay! And just a reminder that if you want some 2017 souvenirs of the event, they’ll only be on sale through August 1st, so click here to shop now (as always 100% of proceeds go to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation). And I once again have something wonderful for some of you. Today, I have the last 8 watercolour marker samples from our official sponsor Winsor & Newton for anyone who hasn’t yet gotten one of these. Simply leave a comment below directly on doodlewash.com and add the phrase “I Love Color!” to let me know you want one. And, as for me, I’m off to enjoy a lovely evening as Philippe is making mussels and I do believe there’s a bottle of champagne in the fridge. I’m thinking it’s a perfect excuse to celebrate, since I just used all the colors in my palette.

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 Day 29 - World Watercolor Month - All The Colors In My Palette - Glass Candy Bowl - Doodlewash
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61 Comments
  1. Vicki Rowley 3 months ago

    I love color! Yes I do! Thank you Charlie! (also like champagne!)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yay! To color AND champagne! hehe I’ll have a marker sample sent, Vicki! 😃💕

  2. Manan Gupta 3 months ago

    “I Love Color!” This one is awesome, so colourful:)
    Happy watercolor Month!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Manan!😃💕 And I already have you down for this sample, so yay!

  3. Meenakshi Goel 3 months ago

    “I love Color!” I love the colors in Life too❤ You have brought a revolution in Watercolor Charlie. Keep growing, Keep inspiring!! 💕 Happy painting!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww what sweet thing to say! 😊💕 Thanks so much, Meenakshi! And thanks for being a part of it all! And I already have you down for this sample, so yay!

  4. Suz 3 months ago

    I Love Color!! Thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Suz!! 😃I have you down for this one, but I still need your address. Send me a note with your full name and address via my contact form here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

      • Suz 3 months ago

        Thanks Charlie! I’ll send you that info.

  5. STEPHANIE CAZAUX 3 months ago

    I love color! Thanks a lot!

  6. June Hadaway 3 months ago

    What a pretty dish of hard candy. There was always a dish sitting on the table at our house when I was a child. It’s one of the first things I buy at Christmas time along with the “Bob’s peppermint balls my grandfather liked. Great memories in a rainbow of colors.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Those are such wonderful memories!! Yeah, these are the rainbow colors that came to mind first. So happy you liked it, June! 😃💕

  7. Lisa 3 months ago

    My grandma had hard candies too. Not my favorite, though I did like lemon drops and root beer barrels when she got those. Fun painting!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      My mother always had Lemon Drops!! Yum! hehe… and the root beer barrels were the best! Thanks for the reminder, Lisa! 😃💕

  8. Love the color!

  9. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    I love those candies! Lovely colors.

  10. Jan Williams 3 months ago

    I’d like to try these Windsor & Newton water colour markers. I have a some by Letraset and I don’t find them easy to use. Fine as an accent but they seem to lack the softness of a brush and paint. The colour range is limited too. But “I Love Color!”.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yay! I have you down for one already, Jan, so you’ll be receiving it soon! 😃

      • Jan Williams 2 months ago

        A pink water colour marker came today. Beautifully packed in a special folder, inside a specially designed envelope, inside a padded envelope. It was like one of those Russian dolls. There was also $9:50 in UAS postage paid. My goodness what a gift. Thank you to all involved. So exciting to get interesting mail. I will try it against the Letraset ones I have. Thanks once again Charlie.

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        Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

        Awww yay!! That’s fantastic to hear, Jan! So thrilled you received it! Hope you enjoy it my friend! 😃💕

  11. Oops😳 I believe you’re already sending one to me🙃Sorry!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      I think maybe!! I haven’t learned everyone’s handles, so if your last name is Watson, then yes! 😉 hehe

  12. Tamiko McCurry 3 months ago

    “I Love Color!”

    • Tamiko McCurry 3 months ago

      i say that because I doooooooooooooooo love color.. im already down for a winsor newton marker sampler..

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

        hehe! I really don’t think we can say “I Love Color” enough!! Thanks, Tamiko! 😃

  13. Deanna 3 months ago

    One of favorite hashtags. I love color!!

  14. Nicole 3 months ago

    That bowl of candy is gorgwous and tour story reminded me of my Gram who Nips in all of her candy bowls, and of course her purse. They were always a bit on the stale side too, I’m surprised we didn’t break our teeth getting to the chocolate center. Thanks for the memory 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, so much, Nicole!😃💕 Glad this brought back good memories! Yeah, I’m totally shocked we still have teeth after all of that! LOL

  15. Jodi 3 months ago

    Great job rockin’ all those colors and bringing back those sweet memories!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕 hehe… this was a fun experiment!

  16. Gina 3 months ago

    I love colour!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Gina! And you already have one of these coming, so yay! 😃💕

  17. a.filmer 3 months ago

    I love colour

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Ann! And you already have one of these coming, so yay! 😃💕

  18. Mary McDonough 3 months ago

    Love reading your blog memories. Such simple things can bring back wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing. Always enjoy your doodles, too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I love seeing your positive and encouraging comments appear! I really appreciate it!!

  19. I love color! And I’m trying to be bolder about using it. Any help is always appreciated. Thank you for Watercolor month, it reflects your hard work and dedication.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      That’s so sweet of you to say! 😃💕It’s my pleasure to have founded and now host this amazing month!! Hope you’ll keep painting on with us in August and beyond! And Yay, you get a sample! Send me a note with your address via my contact form and I’ll have one sent: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

  20. EK O'Connor 3 months ago

    Those candies DID clump! I used to have a Mikasa bowl filled with them in my office. And art from local artists during my travels on my office wall and desk when I worked at the stuffy global firm. People would come to my office during the day for a quick chat and to breathe in that stuffy place! So the fancy candies didn’t clump in my office 🙂 as people ate them. I ordered one of your Doodlewash beach towels tonight – seemed PERFECT with your summer watercolor sketches all over it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      See, yes, they totally clumped!! hehe And love that you have art from local artists!! And now a beach towel from me! hehe! Thank you!!! 😃💕Philippe will be thrilled as I’m not clever enough to know how to make my doodlewashes into a nice pattern so he helped me make that! Hope you enjoy it!!

  21. Clelie 3 months ago

    I Love Color! Enjoying your Doodlewash posts and learning!!! (Complete novice! :D)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww, I’m so happy to hear that Clelie! And yay! 😃💕You get a sample! I’ll have one sent!

  22. Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

    Yum… Hard candy. My mom always put hard candy like that out at Christmas. Well before Christmas, by Christmas it was generally all gone. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe… yeah, it wouldn’t last long in our house either! But such fun memories!! 😃💕

  23. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Love this glass bowl of candy – always festive, always reminds me that candy must have chocolate somewhere.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, chocolate is an important part!

  24. Pili Diaz 3 months ago

    I love all colors, Charlie. W&N is a great brand for watercolor painting. I enjoyed the challenge this month very much, although I could not paint every day. Watching other painting so many beautiful things, so creative and having contact with painters all over the world, is so wonderful and inspiring.

    No trip planned to your country but will go to Spain in October for a painting holiday.

    Charlie why do you like to paint food and candy so much? 😁

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks, Pili!! Thrilled to know you’ve enjoyed the month! 😃💕 I love painting food because of all the memories it brings… hehe… it’s what I love to write about, so that’s often what I illustrate. And I have you down for this and another sample, but I’m not sure you see my replies, as I haven’t gotten your address yet. Send me a note with it via my contact form here: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

  25. Linda Olsson 3 months ago

    Thats a perfect excuse for champagne 💕
    I Love Color 🤗

  26. Claudia Jean Nelson 3 months ago

    You are so inspiring. “I Love Color!”

  27. Thomas Blanchard 3 months ago

    I Love Color! 🙂

  28. Nikki 3 months ago

    I Love Color! I would love one!! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww I just ran out of these, Nikki! But there’s still a chance to win something in my next two posts! 😃💕

  29. Elizabeth Metz 6 days ago

    Poor, neglected sap green. 😀 (I use sap all the time, but my pthalo green sits there like an unwanted wart on the bottom of one’s foot.) Clearly, we need to get you out here into the forestlands to give you a reason to sap it up more often. 🙂

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