Christmas Fireplace by Charlie O'Shields - Doodlewash


So today we have a little fireplace at Christmas based on your vote. I hope this proves to be worthy of a good snuggle! Philippe suggested this one as an option. Well, actually, he just said “why don’t you doodlewash fire” and so I figured the fire needed something a little extra to go with it.

This was a huge challenge as I’ve never painted fire before, or a fireplace for that matter. Actually, I’m beginning to realize after these past few months just how many things I’ve yet to doodlewash. There’s much I would do differently next time, but I was pleased with the effect on this first try. Sadly, with this crazy warm weather we likely won’t be lighting a fire this year, so this little doodlewash may be all we have. I’ll just print it out and hang it above the fireplace I guess.

I’m a little late with this post, but still managed to squeak in a doodlewash before moving back into holiday mode. In order to post it, however, I’m delaying Philippe’s Lego City Advent experience, so I better keep this one short and sweet. He hasn’t wrapped my gifts yet, so I need to be on my best behavior! One week from tonight, we’ll be opening them and I can’t wait!! Hope you are all having a wonderful evening, snuggling up to whatever you choose!

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

53 replies on “Christmas Fireplace

    1. Thanks so much Jodi!! ❤️😃 I wasn’t sure how this one was going to turn out once I started. I felt like a caveman making fire for the first time! 😊 I should have made cards to send to people… but I super failed on that front. I did however get all of Philippe’s gifts though! Hehe 👍🏻

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  1. I loved your fireplace 🙂
    And no fireplaces blazing here either ; today we had 65F ,and Nov was the hottest of the last 34 years , the weatherman said !
    Turtle Hugs , and be good or …those presents won’t get wrapped 😉

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  2. Your fireplace reminds me of my parent’s cabin they once had at the lake. The fire was warm and inviting just like your doodlewash, Charlie!! I would never have guessed that you did not know how to paint fire as it looks super good to me. And I like the shadows around the fireplace. And your Christmas stockings look like a scene from a child’s book! ❤️ YAY Charlie! 🎄🌟🎁

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    1. Thanks Kirk!! I was thinking I got it to look a bit fiery finally… Glad you like it! For some reason my brain really struggled with this one at first and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. It’s a bit of a made up scene and I didn’t have any good reference photos for what I wanted to paint. 😊

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  3. This looks amazing Charlie, especially for having not painted fire before. Having been using our stove I can tell you you’ve got painting flames down to a tee. I really like how it looks alive in the picture as well.

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  4. Awwww, this is such a beautiful painting!!! You´re so talented, fire really is a hard one (I never managed to paint a nice one). Here the weather is unusually warm too, people stand in T-Shirts on the Christmas makets, drinking mulled wine anyway… I wonder if there will be any snow this year. I hate climate change, I want my winter back!!! 😉🌨❄️☃️⛄️

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  5. What a wonderful view Charlie – I most definitely want to snuggle up beside it. Your execution of the flames and the firelight is perfect! I wish there were the need for such a roaring fire here… I went out yesterday (shock horror!) and really was so warm I wondered why I even bothered with a coat. My hairdresser said there’s talk of temperatures around 18 C here on Christmas Day. I mightaswell do Christmas in shorts and t-shirt. :/

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    1. Thanks so much Jacob!! Glad you found this one suitably snuggly! Hehe 😃 And ugh…this warm weather is bumming me out and trying to kill my Christmas buzz! I think it’s going to be slightly cooler here, but Philippe said at one point they had us down for 21C!! Not on Christmas!! 😥

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