World Watercolor Month – Day 9 – Sweet Dreams

Day 9 - World Watercolor Month - Christmas In July dessert - Doodlewash

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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 Day 9 - World Watercolor Month - Christmas In July dessert - Doodlewash

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43 Comments
  1. Sandee Setliff 4 months ago

    “Let’s Make A Difference!” and I did make a donation, I hope it helps! Also, thank you so much for planting that song in my head, I’m sure to thank you over and over tonight as I try to go to sleep….lol
    Sweet dreams are made of this
    Who am I to disagree?
    I travel the world
    And the seven seas,
    Everybody’s looking for something.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much Sandee for supporting The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!! Yay!! ❤️ and I’ll have a sample sent to you! (and yeah, now you’ve put that song in my head for the rest of the day! hehe)

  2. Nicole Douthit 4 months ago

    “Let’s Make A Difference”…I’ll be donating 😉 and purchasing a piece of art from a relatively new watercolor artist…plus randomly handing out some of my papercraft art to brighten people’s day ;-)…and maybe just maybe painting/posting my first Doodlewash 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Excellent!! So happy to hear that Nicole! Thank you!!! And yay to posting your first doodlewash! I saw you joined Doodlewash Club! Post! Post! hehe😃💕 And I’ll have your sample sent!

  3. Terresa Peterdon 4 months ago

    “Let’s make a difference!”

    • Terresa Peterson 4 months ago

      I will make a donation. This is such a worthwhile cause!

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        Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

        Aww thanks so much Terresa!! 😃💕 I can’t thank you enough for your support! And I’ll have a sample sent!

  4. Sandra Gilbert 4 months ago

    Let’s make a difference…. I bought a tote bag and plan to buy matching pouches… Other than that I share my paintings with anyone that will take them 😄

    And once again your dessert looks seriously yummy… Too bad I can’t bake to save my life.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much for your support, Sandra! 😃💕 And I would eat dessert every day if I could…. hehe… I’ll have a sample sent to you!

      • Sandra Gilbert 4 months ago

        Thank you. I would eat desserts every day too but then my clothes would never fit again. So I plan to live vicariously through your painted desserts. 😁

  5. Mélissa Vallée 4 months ago

    The desert look really yummy! And Let’s Make A Difference! 😀 I’ll will also donate, I hope this can make a child really happy!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay! Thank you soooo much, Mélissa!! 😃💕 We can truly make a difference if we stick together! (and I’ll get you your sample as well!)

  6. June Hadaway 4 months ago

    I already won the tin and am excited for it to arrive. Good luck everyone. Another yummy dessert Charlie. You should own a bakery.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yes you did! Hope you enjoy it June! 😃💕 hehe… my bakery would be run by my partner, Philippe who is the only one is the household who can actually cook. Myself and the dog are rubbish at it. Although I’m not entirely sure the dog has actually tried, which is probably a good thing.

      • June Hadaway 4 months ago

        Well, you have some great ideas for desserts and I am sure your dog would enjoy Philippe’s baking.. 😁 perhaps a little cafe? 😊

  7. Terresa Peterson 4 months ago

    I donated. Thanks for all that you do Charlie!!!

  8. Crystal T 4 months ago

    Let’s Make a Difference! I had heard of World Watercolor Month before but didn’t know it had such charitable roots. I plan to donate, and thanks so much for your and the sponsors’ generosity!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yeah, I’m starting to realize that a great idea can quickly lose its core intent in all the enthusiasm! Thanks so much for making a donation, Crystal!! 😃💕(and you already have one of these coming to you! yay! hehe)

  9. Jodi 4 months ago

    Sweet indeed!

  10. Kris 4 months ago

    My tote arrives this week! Come on everyone lets all make a difference!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay!! Hope you enjoy it Kris!! 😃💕 (Carlson, correct? I already have your address?)

  11. Lisa McClure 4 months ago

    I’m getting a tin, too. That painting looks delicious! Is this based on a real dessert? What are the little round red berries? The others look like blackberries. I can’t decide if I want to start painting or start eating!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe!! thanks so much! 😃💕 Yep, blackberries and redcurrant. And why choose? Painting and eating are the best!

  12. Wendy J Nelson 4 months ago

    Let’s make a Difference. I plan to donate, too! Inspiring.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay Wendy!! Thanks soooo much!! 😃💕 And I’ll have a sample sent your way!

  13. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    Let’s Make A Difference! I love your desserts!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! I’ll have a sample sent your way! 😃💕

  14. Lisa 4 months ago

    Let’s make a difference!

  15. Jay 4 months ago

    Let’s make a difference. I donated to your most excellent cause!

  16. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    How wonderful that Doodlewash promotes Dreaming Zebra Foundation to support little artists everywhere. I’ve worked with children whose little bodies slowly relax the more they delve into an painting or craft project. I’ve seen kids who never believed they could anything create something beautiful. And best, I’ve watched as a child discovers for the first time that they are capable of completing a challenging project they didn’t believe they could do. I will be making a donation soon. Thanks, Charlie, for promoting such a worthy endeavor.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sharon!! 😃💕 For the donation and for the story perfectly illustrating just how important this cause is!!

  17. Kaye Boggs 4 months ago

    Let’s make a difference. I already have.

  18. Laura 4 months ago

    Let’s make a difference! Thank you Charlie for all of your hard work for WWM and your Doodlewash site.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 I just ran out of samples for today, but check back each day for something to get!!

  19. Sneh lata maheshwari. 4 months ago

    As yummy as ever.gy when ever u asked about donation.yes of course z.f.kids. i feel what can i do for them haveing no kids I really.. want to do but i am help less ,so that feal more alone in this world. I am giving my love n last breath of my life to dd w. Z f kids. Thanks lu

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Love is equally a beautiful thing to give always, Snehlata! Thanks so much for yours!! ❤️

  20. Jill Kuhn 4 months ago

    Great post today, Charlie! We CAN all make a difference thanks to YOU!! CHEERS Friend!! 🌟🌟🌟

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 I truly believe we can make a difference when we come together!! Cheers, my friend!

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