A few years ago it was announced on one of my groups (WetCanvas) that it was World Watercolor Day (in November). Susie Short also mentioned this to her group (WatercolorWorkshop) a few year's back. This year, World Watercolor Day is Tuesday, November 23rd (according to what I have been able to find out).
The question is: Have you even heard of this?
I believe it began back in 2004 in Ontario, Canada and was going to be celebrated every year with special art walks and gallery openings and shows. But it sort of fizzled out. A group member mentioned hearing about it this year and asked if we had heard about it and if "it was real."
So why not?
Why not celebrate World Watercolor Day today?
How should you celebrate? Well, paint something! Or go to a museum or a gallery and view the watercolors on display. Perhaps take one of your finished watercolors in to a framer to be matted and framed. Or teach a child or a class of adults about watercolor. Or just take a walk about and see everything around you as if it were a watercolor painting - how would you paint your neighborhood?
So tell someone - share the news - let's not let this thing just die. Why shouldn't we have a Day just like every other Day of the year - it's always some special day for someone. Today belongs to those who love watercolor. (Of course, I think every day belongs to those who love watercolor - and all water media.)
Happy World Watercolor Day!