I’m a total fan of autumn and as the temperatures get cooler and cooler, it means we’re heading into sweater season soon! Here we have a doodlewash of our hairy little only child, Phineas, sporting his cozy fall fashion. He actually seems to enjoy his fashion, or is at least appreciative of the extra warmth when the temperatures drop. Walking outside in the middle of winter is a bit of a cruel joke for this short-haired baby, so his ensemble expands to also include a coat and sometimes even boots. For my part, I just love when it’s time to wear clothing that’s designed to hide all of my indiscretions. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up next, baggy sweaters arrive just in time to be the perfect companion to seasonal gluttony and generally poor choices.

As much as love the baggy sweater concept, much to my dismay, I now realize all of the sweaters I bought in Paris are nothing of the sort. They are the type of sweaters that fit more snugly, hugging your body and telegraphing your exact shape. Apparently, Europeans failed to get the American memo that a baggy sweater is the proper fashion for winter hibernation. But based on my recent purchasing decisions, I’ve removed my ability to cheat my way through winter and will have to be vigilant when it comes to what I eat. That said, you can rest assured I’ll be throwing all of this aside come Thanksgiving and eating whatever is in sight and then some. That’s my American tradition, and I’m rather fond of it, so I’ll be celebrating in that same style in November. Napping shortly after.

Phineas is lucky actually. When he came back home after an extended stay at his pet resort while we were visiting Paris, he was just a tiny bit chunky. We immediately adjusted his food and within a week, he was back to his normal size. I was immediately jealous. I guess only dogs and the rich have the wonderful good fortune of someone deciding what they eat at all times so they don’t overindulge. I’m stuck with only me, and me likes to eat wonderful things and not fuss too much about the amount. But my severe lack of baggy sweaters for this winter season will mean a slight change in plans. As Phineas likes to say, it’s a small price to pay for fashion. Actually, being a Basenji, he doesn’t say anything at all, but I know in my heart that he’s thinking it. And together, we’ll be healthy and happy, eating just what we need to in order to strut our stuff properly all through the coming sweater weather.

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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Olive Green, Phthalo. Green Light, Indian Yellow, Red Orange, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with sepia ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 17 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Pet Portrait of Phineas Dog in Green Sweater
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!

42 replies on “Sweater Weather

  1. What a beautiful sweater Phineas is sporting! I just love how you are so “real” as you describe the proper fashion for winter hibernation. Truth! And I’m glad you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving as it should be celebrated – so will I!

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  2. Aww!!!!! Yay for Phineas! I’m sitting here chuckling like a goon at how adorable this is. Green is definitely his colour. I don’t think we ever had festive sweaters for our dog, but we did get him a headband kind of deal which had reindeer antlers on it. He loved that (not).

    Tee hee! So so cute!!!

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  3. I Love Phineas! He is very fetching in his sweater. (Unintentional doggy pun in there. haha)
    I LONG for sweater weather, and was ticked to see that our high is again 80 degrees here in Charleston, SC. Sometimes I think I should move somewhere with actual seasons, but oh well…this place is nice most of the time.
    Keep up the great Doodlewashing, Charlie! I love seeing how you’ve progressed. 🙂

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