So, when I saw the official prompt for the month of “summer tunes” today, my mind went to “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. This, of course, made me think of dessert. I chose a rather festive looking dessert because I love the article in the current issue of Watercolor Artist magazine titled “31 Days of Watercolor” which described this Doodlewash-hosted event of World Watercolor Month as “Christmas in July”! It totally is! It was such a wonderful way to describe our amazing global celebration of watercolor. And it’s certainly been a blast giving away awesome gifts to many of you who read this full post every day this month. Thanks to our amazing official sponsors, I have lots more to give to you all month long, and in return I only ask that you make a donation to what the heart of this month was created for in the first place. I founded this month in the spirit of giving, but I truly founded it in the spirit of giving back. In all the excitement of World Watercolor Month, I hope you’ll take a moment to honor the charitable cause of helping underprivileged kids get the art supplies they need by donating to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. And make a child’s dream come true!
I’m just one guy who had a great idea to create a month-long celebration of watercolor, but I really can’t do this alone. I’m asking all of you, my wonderful artist friends, to help me by continuing to spread the word about this month and link back to the official page on this site. Helping our future artists is my passion and I need you to help me spread the word in a way that preserves the true nature of this event. I realize, World Watercolor Month, seems rather well-known at this point, but what’s not well-known is the charitable nature of the event. For that, I truly need your help in spreading the word so that together, we can make more than hashtags, but truly make a difference in the world. I don’t want the core idea of this event to be lost in the enthusiasm for the concept. It may just be my inner child dreaming again, but I had a dream that we, as artists, can make a difference in the world when we come together to affect positive change! This is the month I made for us!
And, tonight, as I’m trying to get that awful earworm of a Eurythmics song out of my head to complete this post, I once again have something special for all of you who read my posts until the very end. For today, I have another 10 American Journey Artists’ Watercolor Nomad Tins for anyone who hasn’t yet received one! Just let me know you’d like one by commenting below with “Let’s Make A Difference!” And let’s keep creating all of those beautiful watercolors being produced every minute to celebrate this most amazing medium and month! And for my loyal readers, you can be the first to enter the new Da Vinci giveaway that just went live as well (this one is US and Canada only). Click here to enter!! I hope each of you continue to paint each day and share both your love of watercolor and the beauty you produce with it with the rest of the world (and add the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth of course!). Your commitment and enthusiasm creates a beautiful tapestry of color and joy that makes the world smile more. It needs it. And by coming together as one, we can create a force that can deliver a million sweet dreams.
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About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Permanent Green Pale, Ultramarine Blue and Neutral Tint. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!