199: World Watercolor Month with Charlie O’Shields and Miriam Schulman

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with host artist Miriam Schulman

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso 

Whether this is a proven fact or not is irrelevant. What matters is that there is an innate connection between children and creativity in all forms. Whether it’s through paint, imagination, or creative play in a universe far, far away, there is an inner child in each of us that could help our creative juices and inspire in new ways. 

“Treat your inner child well and make sure you give it plenty of things to keep its imagination growing” -Charlie O’Shields 

Today’s guest, Charlie O’Shields is a Creative Director by day with side hobbies and projects that absolutely light up the world. He started a blog and a 2000-day art journey in 2015 that became the Doodlewash blog and so much more. He’s authored multiple books helping people connect to their inner child and “create like a kid again.” Charlie also founded World Watercolor Month which is a nonprofit 31-day challenge and community dedicated to watercolor painting. 

In this podcast, you will discover…

In addition to being all around amazing, Charlie shares: 

  • How to show up, practice, and share your work 
  • Encouraging people to get creative 
  • How Happy Hour turned into much more than art 
  • The inspiration for World Watercolor Month in July 

“It’s just a matter of doing creative things on a regular basis. And it’s not just doing them, it’s a practice, everything in life is a practice. – Charlie O’Shields 

Even if art is your business and something you take seriously, Charlie echoes a great reminder that adding fun into your work and a bit of joy goes a long way for the people that see it and feel it in your art. Remember to give your inner child the space it needs to play, stay creative, and keep imagining.  

Links Mentioned

Connect with Charlie O’Shields and all he’s creating with Doodlewash: 



If you want access to my free masterclass and workbook: 

5 Simple Steps to Painting Portraits 

My Watercolor Supply List  

Follow me at Schulman Art Instagram 


About Charlie

Charlie O’Shields is the creator of Doodlewash®, host of the Sketching Stuff™ podcast, author of Sketching Stuff™ books, and a big kid at heart. For 2,000 consecutive days, he created a little watercolor illustration in his sketchbook and shared a story about whatever came to mind that day. In 2016, he founded World Watercolor Month in July, a charitable event to support arts education that features the 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge. His true passion is inspiring as many people as possible to sketch and create and help people of all ages reconnect with their inner child, natural creativity, and just have tons of fun!
Website: sketchingstuff.com
Watercolor Website: doodlewash.com
World Watercolor Month (July): worldwatercolormonth.com

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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This episode really spoke to me. Feeling a little shocked at how relevant and surprising this discussion was. Excellent as always. Thank you again!



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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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