World Watercolor Month – Day 30 – After The Storm

Day 30 - World Watercolor Month - Stormy Days And Snails - Doodlewash

During the summer months, we get a lot of hot weather, and the occasional rainy day, or lately, a really stormy day. There have been a couple times this season where a storm has been very severe, leaving a host of fallen trees and debris in its wake. Thankfully, we’ve not sustained any damage to our home, but bad storms can always be a little unsettling. On the flip side, the calm after the storm is a really beautiful thing indeed. It’s that moment where everything seems incredibly peaceful suddenly, more so than it had ever been before. And when I was a kid, I loved seeing all the snails appear immediately after a rain. Well, eventually, as snails move rather slowly. They were fascinating to me back then and still hold the same appeal as an adult. Though my urge to actually touch them has faded. But it’s cool to see these little quiet neighbors suddenly come out to enjoy the weather. It was always a sign that things would be calm once again.

During one recent storm, we walked outside afterward to find a large tree was blocking the end of the sidewalk. Since we’re in a rowhome and at the very end away from the road, this particular walkway was the only way to walk out the front door to the street. So, we were literally blocked in that direction.  It was wild to walk out after the storm and see just a mass of leaves where the view of the street had once been. The sun hadn’t quite set, yet it was fairly dark, and all the neighbors came out to view the damage. No house was harmed and even more importantly, no person, but there we all were, staring at a large mass of branches and wondering what was happening on the other side. Despite the sadness of losing a large and lovely tree, there was equally a sense of solidarity. We didn’t say much. We didn’t have too. We were a community and we knew that, if nothing else, we still had each other. And that’s the most beautiful feeling of all!

It’s been a very busy month this July and World Watercolor Month has been an incredible experience! A very special thanks to all of our amazing official sponsors for their generous support of this charitable event! And thanks to each of you for participating and hopefully, donating a bit to the heart of World Watercolor Month, so we can raise funds for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and get arts supplies for underprivileged kids. And, thanks to our awesome sponsors, we’ve had incredible giveaways (still time to enter two of them!), and I’ve also had something to give back to you each and every day. For this post, I have my last 10 Cheap Joe’s American Journey Sample Sets for anyone who hasn’t been awarded one yet and replies below with “I Love World Watercolor Month!” to let me know they want one! After such a busy month, one would think I’d take a break, but why stop now?! It’s been raining watercolors all month long and to just keep right on painting is the best thing I can think to do after the storm!

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 Day 30 - World Watercolor Month - Stormy Days And Snails - Doodlewash
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Published in By Charlie
52 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 weeks ago

    I love World Watercolor month!

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 weeks ago

    This snail is a sluggard.
    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
    At least he has a beautiful portrait of his labors to hang on his wall.
    Sorry for the loss of the big tree – hopefully no serious damage or injuries when it fell.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Nope! Everyone and everything else was fine. It was just a weird scene! I can’t say if any snails where harmed in the event, however…. 😳

  3. I do love World Watercolor Month! I know I’ve got one coming already…but I just had to say it👩🏻‍🎨 it’s been so awesome!

  4. Lydia Fiedler 3 weeks ago

    I love world watercolor month!! But more than that I love this site and the community you’ve created. And I love this sweet snail. Since I live in such a hot place, I’m constantly in a state of high anxiety about how our critters fare when there’s no water. Paradoxically, I also loathe water and rain :). Life is confusing and awesome. Thanks for everything you’ve done this month. I feel like I can’t say that enough.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks so much, Lydia!! And I don’t have you down for this freebie yet, so I’ll have one sent! 😃💕

  5. Meenakshi Goel 3 weeks ago

    This snail is so real! “I Love World Watercolor Month!” Happy Painting 🎨 I really don’t remember if I am in or down for this one. 😄

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Meenakshi!! And yep! I have you down for one of these! So, yay! 😃💕

      • Meenakshi Goel 3 weeks ago

        Yay!!! Thank you Charlie! It was a full on celebration month. 💕

  6. Gina 3 weeks ago

    I Love World Watercolor Month!

  7. rdgookins 3 weeks ago

    I love world water color month!

  8. Manan Gupta 3 weeks ago

    “I Love World Watercolor Month!” Yayyyyy!! Happy worldwatercolor month!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yes to that, Manan! 😃💕And I have you down for one these!! Yay!

  9. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    What a cute little snail, and I’m not a fan of snails, especially when they eat our hostas. Thankfully no one was hurt during your storm. Thank you Cheap Joe’s, I love watercolor month. And thanks to all the other sponsors for their samples too. I think I am already going to be a recipient of one of these. Thank you Charlie….so nice.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, June!! And yes! I have you down for one of these. So thrilled you’ve enjoyed the month. Thanks for participating!! 😃💕

  10. Michelle Irizarry 3 weeks ago

    I love world watercolor month!
    thanks!

  11. Michelle Irizarry 3 weeks ago

    I love world watercolor month! I mean LOL 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yay to that, Michelle! And you get a sample!! I’ll have one sent! 😃💕

  12. Heather Parker 3 weeks ago

    I love world watercolor month!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yay to that, Heather! And you get a sample!! I’ll have one sent! 😃💕

  13. Jodi 3 weeks ago

    What a great job Charlie! On this painting – and this entire month! So encouraging – so motivating – must be SOOOO tiring for you! 🙂 Thanks so much for all you did/do!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕 It’s been amazing, but yeah… I’m a little tired by the end! hehe… totally worth it, of course!! So much fun!

  14. Mary McDonough 3 weeks ago

    This has been a great month of appreciating watercolor art. So many very talented artists. Thank you, Charlie and all of the sponsors who have generously contributed. Glad that the Dreaming Zebra Foundation is looking out for the kids and supporting the arts. I had never head of it before and this is a wonderful way to promote support for such a good cause.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      So much, Mary!! 😃💕And so happy to introduce you to Dreaming Zebra… they do such great work. I can’t imagine a world without art and artists, so it’s important to support kids who want to create! So happy you enjoyed the month!

  15. Lisa 3 weeks ago

    I love your snail!

  16. Nikki 3 weeks ago

    I Love World Watercolor Month

  17. Vicki Rowley 3 weeks ago

    🙂

  18. Jill Kuhn 3 weeks ago

    It has been a fabulous month, Charlie!! Thanks for ALL you do and all the great give-aways this month! CHEERS friend! 😊🎨👍🍷

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Jill!! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been an amazing month this year! So thrilling! And the sponsors have all been incredible!

  19. Sandra Gilbert 3 weeks ago

    This month has been so much fun.. the community spirit and all the lovely art has been amazing. Your little snail looks a little puzzled to me… Maybe he is trying to understand all the excitement this month has generated. 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed the month, Sandra. I love the sense of community we’ve created together! 😃💕And yeah… this snail is a bit puzzled now that I look at him. Lol

  20. Linda Olsson 3 weeks ago

    I Love World Watercolor Month!
    Thank you Charlie for making it so much fun 💕

  21. Tina 3 weeks ago

    I love world watercolour month 🙂
    And I love colours and painting and sharing … 🙂

  22. Phil Cooper 3 weeks ago

    Glad to hear you’ve all survived the storm in one piece Charlie, and congrats on putting together a fantastic world watercolour month, all your hard work much appreciated, it’s been such a lively and enjoyable project, hope you can now have a well earned rest !

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Phil! 😃💕 I really appreciate your support! Sometimes my dreams can overwhelm me and it’s been so busy this month. I’m so thrilled you’ve enjoyed it!!

  23. Jan Williams 3 weeks ago

    I’m enjoying the word pictures you paint Charlie. I think I’m going to have to paint a snail today. Although, growing up in England where they are a real pest didn’t endear them to me. Here on the prairies we only see slugs (much harder to love). As an aside, it was the Roman invaders who brought snails to England as a food source, I think they brought dandelions too. I believe the Brits brought sparrows to N.A. But look at all those lovely sparrow paintings that keep popping up on the face book page of World of Watercolour. Sad to hear about the loss of your tree, but you have chance do a close-up of leaves and branches. (Lemons and lemonade.) Here we go another painting!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      What an awesome addition of story! Thanks for that Jan! Love it!! 😃💕 I love history!! And yeah, slugs were more interesting as a kid. Now they just gross me out. 😊 But yes, I always make lemonade out of lemons… it’s just a better way to live!

  24. Jacob 3 weeks ago

    It’s crazy about the tree, thank goodness no-one was injured. We get spooked enough here when the garden furniture is overturned! I used to enjoy the snails coming out to play, too – I remember they all seemed to congregate on the garden wall. Beautiful doodlewash – what a nice shell this guy has!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Yep, nobody was hurt, but the scene was so surreal! And yeah…. the snail congregation was so interesting. It was like they all came out to have a meeting but weren’t telling us what it was about. Hmmmmmmmm….

  25. Kaye Boggs 3 weeks ago

    aha.. now that I see the snail I know why my Cheap Joes and DaVinci samples haven’t arrived yet. Snails do travel slowly and I know Cheap Joe’s orders take forever to arrive in shipping. I guess I will just have to be patient.

    Today is the last day for celebrating World Watercolor Month and I’ve really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for all your hard work and your daily messages. I’m pretty much of a daily painter anyway but it’s been especially fun to log onto the site everyday to see what’s new and I’ve really enjoyed the guest artist contributions.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      hehe… yes! Everything should arrive within 30 days, but let me know if it doesn’t! 😉 And thanks so much, Kaye! 😃💕 I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying Doodlewash! The guest artist posts are my favorite… they are really the reason that I’ve managed to paint daily since the moment I began. I’m humbled and inspired each week!

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