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, you can log in to Doodlewash via the Login Link in the main menu, 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!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Phthlocyanine Green, and Nuetral Tint. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.