World Watercolor Month – Day 31 – A Proud Peacock

Day 31 - World Watercolor Month - A Proud Peacock - Doodlewash

We’ve made it to the final day of World Watercolor Month and I think that each one of you who have participated should feel like a proud peacock at this point. Whether you joined in and completed the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolor in 31 days or whether you simply posted as you could. Together, we’ve filled the world with thousands of beautiful watercolors and we’ve shined a light on this amazing medium. And a sincere thanks to the amazing Official Sponsors who have made this year’s event possible: Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff | Daniel Smith | Da Vinci Paint Co. | Grumbacher | Hahnemühle | M. Graham & Co. | Princeton Artist Brush Co. | Rembrandt | Winsor & Newton . These companies showed real heart by helping us spread the word about this charitable event and raising money for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. Along with your help, we’ve more than doubled last year’s donations and made so many more dreams of children everywhere come true! I’m humbled and honored to have founded this month and to now host this amazing event each year. You each make my heart smile with your beautiful art. Thank you for the all of the inspiration you create, as we paint the world together each year!

Today’s final prompt was “things with wings”, from my friend Angela Fehr, who I want to thank again for her generosity and support of this event!  And also, I should give a shout out to our friends at Craftsy, who gave us each 50% off on classes once again this year (you can still get the offer by clicking here! It expires on August 2nd) This month, and every aspect of Doodlewash is about bringing people together. My little passion project continues to blossom thanks to the enthusiasm and support of all of you. I founded this month and started this site, not to promote myself, but to promote the medium that stole my heart and all of the artists who I met along the way who inspired me with their shared passion. This isn’t my site. This is our site and a dream that we’re building together. If you haven’t yet, log in via your chosen social network and build a profile and gallery right here on Doodlewash! We’re building a social network just for artists that’s highly experimental, to be sure, but sure to be awesome since we’re all making it happen as a community! And, if everything goes according to my crazy ambitious plans, they’ll be a Doodlewash app for us coming this fall!

Thank you all for your passion and support. I’m driven to make this site even better and help each of you promote yourself and realize your dream of simply painting for the love of it or becoming a professional full-time artist. If you follow the Doodlewash Manifesto and simply “DO”… each and every day… your dream will absolutely come true! And I’ll always be here, cheering you on, each and every step of the way. Sure, I’m living vicariously much of the time as many of you have achieved things I still simply dream about. But I’ve never been happier to watch you succeed and thrive! Each story we all share here, is proof that you can do whatever you set out to do. Don’t ever give up. The world is more beautiful when you choose to paint it. And I love you all! But yes, I do have something amazing to give to some of you today.  I’m giving the first 5 artists who haven’t yet received one yet, a Hahnemühle Cézanne, mould-made, 300gsm, Cold-Press, 9.44″x12.59″, 10 sheet block. Just comment below with the phrase “Paint The World Together!” to let me know you want one. And why stop now? Let’s keep on painting together in August and beyond. Join us for next month’s challenge as we show the world that watercolor is the best medium on the planet! And sure, it’s totally okay to feel great about what you make as you post. You deserve to strut your stuff and be a proud peacock!

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 Day 31 - World Watercolor Month - A Proud Peacock - Doodlewash
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76 Comments
  1. Gina 3 months ago

    Paint The World Together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Gina! 😃💕I’ll have a sample sent your way!

      • Gina 3 months ago

        I’ve had such a fun watercolour month with doodlewash, thank you!

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

        My pleasure! And hope you’ll keep painting on with us in August and beyond!! 😃

  2. Hania 3 months ago

    Paint The World Together!
    Thank you! And this is gorgeous!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Hania! Glad you liked this! 😃💕 And I’ll have a sample sent your way!

  3. Imtenan 3 months ago

    Paint The World Together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Imtenan! 😃💕 I’ll have a sample sent your way!

  4. Crystal T 3 months ago

    Paint the world together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Crystal! 😃💕I’ll have a sample sent your way!

  5. Jennifer Walker 3 months ago

    Paint the world together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Jennifer! 😃💕I’ll have a sample sent your way!

  6. EK O'Connor 3 months ago

    “Paint The World Together!”

    Thank you, Charlie, for an exciting month of watercolor!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much!! It was my absolute pleasure to host this event!! So fun!! 😃💕 And I’m all out of these samples for this post.

      • EK O'Connor 3 months ago

        Ha ha, in the time it took to write a reply, the comment number went from 1 to 6 in under three minutes! 🙂

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

        Yeah… it did that all month long! I hope people will still drop by to comment even if I don’t have something to give away! Lol 😊😉

  7. Mary McDonough 3 months ago

    Paint the world together…. a great statement and one that you sure do encourage. Thanks, Charlie for a great month of painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      aww thanks so much, Mary for being a part of it!! 😃💕 (And, so you know, I’m all out of samples for this post.😉)

  8. Lisa 3 months ago

    I had so much fun this month! I earned that 31 watercolors in 31 days mug I bought myself! Maybe in October you could run a world watercolor month redux! I’d do it all over again!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yay!! That’s so awesome, Lisa!! And thanks so much for supporting The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! 😃💕 And I host monthly challenges all year long for anyone who wants to jump in! So you can make 31 watercolors any month with 31 days! 😉

  9. Ivy Guo 3 months ago

    “Paint The World Together!”

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Ivy! 😃💕 (And so you know, I’m all out of these samples for this post.)

  10. Claudia Nelson 3 months ago

    “Paint The World Together!” Thank you again for your continued inspirations. This has been an amazing experience this month.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much for being a part of it, Claudia!! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! 😃💕 (And so you know, I’m all out of these samples for this post.)

  11. itchywolfpaws 3 months ago

    Thank you for a wonderful month of artwork and beauty. I enjoyed each watercolour painting this month. 🙂

    “Paint the world together”

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much! I’m so happy to hear that! 😃💕 (And so you know, I’m all out of these samples for this post.)

  12. Swarup M 3 months ago

    PAint the world together

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Swarup! 😃💕 (And I’m all out of these samples, though, for this post.)

  13. Laura 3 months ago

    Paint the world together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yes to that Laura!! 😃💕(Samples went fast for this post! Hope you enjoyed World Watercolor Month!!)

  14. Heather Parker 3 months ago

    Paint the world together

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yes to that Heather!! 😃💕(Samples went fast for this post! Hope you enjoyed World Watercolor Month!!)

  15. June Hadaway 3 months ago

    Just to say thank you once again. It has been a lot of fun. Not just painting but meeting and talking to people from all over the world. You have done a wonderful thing for all of us and it will keep on growing from year to year. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation will be so happy and that really warms my heart. See you on Doodlewash. Celebrate, you deserve it!!!
    Love the peacock. Looks so royal.🤗

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, June!! 😃💕 It’s such a special month indeed! And I’m thrilled you’re joined Doodlewash.club – yay! We’ll just keep right on painting together!!

  16. Jessica 3 months ago

    Paint the world together

  17. Jodi 3 months ago

    BRAVVVVO! Paint the world together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jodi!! You’ve been with me from the start and I LOVE that! (and you as well, of course!❤️) And so you know, I’m out of these samples, but I’m thrilled you got some awesome freebies this month!

      • Jodi 3 months ago

        It’s been amazing watching what you have created Charlie O! <3

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

        Aww you’re too sweet, Jodi! 😃💕 But I didn’t do it alone… we all just made it happen together!

      • Jodi 2 months ago

        You led the brigade!

  18. Laila Kokins 3 months ago

    Paint the World Together !

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yes to that Laila!! 😃💕(Samples went fast for this post! Hope you enjoyed World Watercolor Month!!)

  19. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    I was fortunate enough to receive one of the Hahnemuhle watercolor blocks – what a fabulous prize! This is very special paper. Thank you, Charlie, and thank you, Hahnemuhle.

    Your peacock is truly gorgeous – you caught his iridescent plumage perfectly as well as his noble crown.

    What a great undertaking, Charlie, with World Watercolor Month – you did something wonderful for the world.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! It’s such an amazing and wonderful event! I love it!! 😃💕 And yay! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the paper. Hahnemühle paper is truly special… I’m completely addicted to their watercolour books!!

  20. Krishel 3 months ago

    Let’s do “paint the world together”. I was not able to join this month because I learned about it a little bit late but this is so nice. More powers to all the watercolorists out there.

  21. Suz 3 months ago

    Charlie, what a wonderful peacock! Thanks for the last 31 days of painting wonders, and for all the work you’ve put in to make WorldWatercolorMonth such a success! You should be proud. I’m proud of myself, too, for creating a painting each day! Yay! Thank you.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 You should be proud!! It’s such an amazing thing to create each and every day! Yay!! I hope you’ll keep right on painting with us here on Doodlewash!

  22. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    Charlie, you’re the one who should feel most proud! You made this month very special through your hard work in organizing and making the World Of Watercolor Month happen. Thank you for all your efforts!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 It’s truly my pleasure. And it also feels like a dream come true. I’ve been so passionate about connecting artists and to see everyone come together all at once is humbling and amazing!

  23. Terresa Peterson 3 months ago

    Thanks for all you do to make World Watercolor Month happen for us! And for your words of kindness and encouragement along the way. Let’s paint the world together, each and every month! Thanks to all the sponsors for their wonderful donations.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Terresa! It’s my pleasure and passion to bring us all together!! 😃💕 And yay to the sponsors… they were incredible!! (so you know I’m out of samples for this post, but sending virtual hugs instead!)

  24. Laura (PA Pict) 3 months ago

    The peacock portrait is stunning. You’ve captured the jewel colouring of the feathers wonderfully. Congratulations to you and everyone else who participated in world watercolor month.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 I’m thrilled you liked this! And I hope you’ll jump in and paint with us during the year… it’s sooo fun!!

  25. Absolutely beautiful Charlie! It’s been a blast.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Shannon!! I hope you’ll keep painting with us into August and beyond! 😃💕

  26. Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

    You should be proud as a peacock (lovely colors by the way) for you have accomplished this month. It was a great month and I am happy to say I made it all the way through. Now I’m going to see if I can keep it up. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      You can! I’ve already decided for you! 😃💕See how easy that was? LOL Thanks so much, Sandra! And I’m thrilled you’re part of Doodlewash.club… let’s keep on painting and playing together! Yay!

      • Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

        You are too funny 🙂 and you have created such a happy place here.

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

        aww thanks so much, Sandra!! That’s my hope!! 😃💕

  27. Tina 3 months ago

    Beautiful peacock and – oh – your inspiring words make my heart sing. Thanks for all your good work and encouragement.
    And thanks to all the sponsours, really great companies.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tina! 😃💕 And yes to that! The sponsors were the best of the best and my favorite companies so I was thrilled they participated!

  28. memadtwo 3 months ago

    Another great month of watercolor Charlie! Even though I only managed a few paintings, I enjoyed seeing everyone’s art (including Nina’s) all over WordPress. Good job! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 And I’ll be thrilled to have more time in August to actually respond to posts by my WordPress peeps! 😊hehe

  29. Meenakshi Goel 3 months ago

    Man you made July month a celebration ❤
    “Paint the World Together!” Loads of love💕

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Meenakshi! And loads of love back at ya! 😃💕Thanks so much for being a part of it!! And I’m all out of samples, but you really can’t say, Paint the World Together enough! hehe

  30. creatingincolors 3 months ago

    Love today’s peacock! Gorgeous colors! Thank you for all you have done to promote art for the enjoyment of all. It’s especially heartwarming to know you are leading this effort to make children aware and giving them the opportunity to be part of the art world.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      I can’t think of better reason to come together and paint! If we don’t help our future artists grow and thrive there would be little point to it all, so I’m thrilled to make the month a charitable event! So happy you enjoy it!! 😃💕

  31. Lisa McClure 3 months ago

    Congratulations and well done! What a wonderful month it’s been! I have especially enjoyed seeing your daily doodlewashes. You get such wonderful color and light. They just draw me in and really inspire me. Thanks so much!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much!! That’s such a sweet and lovely compliment!! Appreciate it! And thrilled you enjoyed the month! 😃💕

  32. Virginia French 3 months ago

    Paint the world together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Virginia! 😃💕 And I’m all out of samples, but yay to an amazing month!!

  33. Jacob 3 months ago

    If ever you needed reminding that you are an inspiration all over the world, Charles! <3 Awesome job once again. That's one proud peacock, and no surprise with such beautiful colours! And here's to another month of fun – I look forward to favourite body part…

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob!! 😃💕 It’s been such a fun month, but soooo busy!! And LOL… yeah, the body part one is intriguing. It makes me giggle like a little boy each time I see it, but last year I just painted eyes. 😊

  34. Elizabeth Metz 2 days ago

    Thanks so much for putting this all together. Doodlewash is rapidly becoming one of my very favorite places to haunt online. <3

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