A Fresh Beginning

Baby Elephant Bath In Bathtub Bathtime Watercolor Illustration Painting

Welcome to the start of a brand new month and our November Doodlewash art challenge! This month we have optional prompts provided by Gary Middleton and the first one up is “Elephant.” I’ve sketched many elephants over the past few years, so I wanted to try something a little bit different. How I ended up with a baby elephant enjoying a bath along with a self-created shower along with his little rubber duck friend is anyone’s guess really. I’m quite sure that I initially started by simply sketching a little elephant spraying water on its head, but then my mind wandered a bit and, before I knew it, this happened instead. I’m rather enjoying just letting my mind wander and letting my inner child imagine things my adult brain might not consider. So, I’m excited for the month ahead and, as ever, I have no clue what will appear in the pages of my sketchbook. And, that means that it’s going to be lots of fun!

Today was a lovely day and it felt nice to have a little extra hour to enjoy with the time change. Our dog Phineas doesn’t know how to read clocks, however, and he’s quite miffed that his dinner seems to be delayed. He’s currently glaring at me while I type this as if to make his point more clearly. Actually, it always takes me a day or two to acclimate to the change as well, so I’m rather hungry for dinner already too. I’ve no idea what Philippe has planned, but I’m hoping for another yummy soup of some kind. I’ve truly no idea how another month has already begun. It seems like time is speeding by a bit too quickly. These are days of the year that I want to go a bit more slowly so I can enjoy each and every little moment. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and already time for Christmas. After that, it’s just really cold for a couple of months with no holidays at all, so I’m in no hurry to get to that point.

Yet, even though I sketch each and every day, a new month always feels like a new start. It’s been my secret to how I’ve kept this daily habit going for over five years now. I just take everything one little month at a time. I’ve still dreams of creating a storybook one day, but I’ve not found any extra time yet to work on that yet. So, I’m just building my collection of characters and illustrations as a I go. One day, it will all come together into something. Until then, I’ll simply turn to clean new page in my sketchbook each day. And then let my mind take me wherever it feels like it wants to go in that moment. I hope while doing so, I manage to my inner child giggle with glee, and perhaps even yours as well. What I do know is that each day is another opportunity to try new things, and each blank page is a fresh beginning.

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  1. JA Wilson 2 years ago

    Adorable vas always, gave you thought of illustrating a child’s book?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yes, I’m hoping to write and illustrate my own book one day. But haven’t found the time yet!

  2. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    So lovely and full thanks of whimsy love him

  3. Unique Tales 2 years ago

    Aww lovely Elephant.

  4. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    How gorgeous Charlie!

  5. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Oregon was supposed to stay on Daylight Savings time forever, but things got hung up so we have at least another year of it. I’m really hoping it’s the last. I don’t mind getting the extra hour but it isn’t worth losing it again in the Spring!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, I wish they’d do away with Daylight Savings entirely. It’s so unnecessary and nobody can remember what it was for in the first place! 😉

  6. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Awww, sweet!!!! Love this, Charli!!!

  7. Unique Tales 2 years ago

    I’ve added my drawing of a cute Elephant.

  8. Susan Killian 2 years ago

    Charming bath time elephant!

  9. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    So I now have Erie from sesame street singing “rubber ducky” in my head. We saw the special on PBS for their 50th anniversary celebration with Jazz at Lincoln Center Friday night so it was kind of there anyway. Great Elegant Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Aww… gotta love Sesame Street! Fun!

  10. Melissa Goss 2 years ago

    He is so cute ❤️

  11. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness, Charlie, he’s so CUTE! I love baby elephants! He’s so sweet! 💜💜💜 It was a beautiful day here. We had gorgeous sunshine and a warm 77*F. I love to be out in the sun on days like this. My plants are basking in the sun, hoping Miss Sassy Squirrel doesn’t show up with her antics. 😂
    We had pizza 🍕🍕 for dinner. I thought of you. I told my mother about Phineas ‘ hot dog costume and she thought it was funny. We talked about Monster’s aversion to his collar. Or better said, his nudist tendencies. haha haha He never got used to it and never wore it except when he did something bad. My mother referred to it as The Thing. So when he misbehaved (tried to bite when getting his nails clipped), she would ask him, “You want me to get that thing?”. He would cower and slink away. Even worse, his tags would cling loudly. They freaked him out. My little boy. 💜 Enjoy your dinner!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Sounds like beautiful weather indeed! And yay for pizza! Aww… yeah costumes are a wonderful way to keep dogs in line. I don’t think any of them enjoy them as much as the owners! lol

  12. Lisa 2 years ago

    October did go really fast this year. I think it was partly because it was pretty cold out for a lot of the month, so I didn’t get out as much as usual. Since holiday plans will be scaled way back, with no company, it will be a quiet season for us. I hope we get a load of snow this year since no one has to travel in it. That always makes me feel cozy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Me too! This is the one year that I’m happy if it just snows us in! hehe… It’s always fine when travel isn’t required! 😉

  13. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Nice doodle, Charlie. The last day of my holiday was a wash out. Apart from a couple of hours walking in the rain first thing, I didn’t do a lot.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Not doing much, is actually a pretty perfect way to spend a good holiday!

  14. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Thank you for such an adorably start to a new month! The little fellow seems to be enjoying his bath lots. And the way the months have sped by is truly amazing and a tad bit scary but am hoping that each day that speeds by takes us all one big step closer to our dreams. So far, I’ve been trying to paint what comes to mind and some days it’s tough to think of something that isn’t too ambitious. So this month, am gonna try following the prompts. I hope I’ll be able to paint something relevant each day.


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Awesome! That’s wonderful to hear. Truly, I use the prompts because I’m moving so fast my mind is blank when it’s time to sketch. And even then, I manage to come up with an idea that needs a few hours even though I usually have less than 1 hour. lol But it’s fun to try anyway and see what happens!

  15. Yukari Bromfield 2 years ago

    Very cute, Charlie! I love watching elephants (of all ages) splashing about in the water. They are such an amazing creature. I’m hoping to participate this month!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Kari! 😃💕 Yeah, elephants are so wonderful. I love them! And yay! Glad you’re participating this month my friend!

  16. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness! He is so adorable..and yep thank goodness for a new month..although a lot of good stuff happened last month it just flew by and I was not able to participate here as much as I like..and this month is also starting with a bang but I am determined to continue my watercolor practice day by day…and being here to share with you and all..thanks for all you do and your lovely lovely illustrations..(waiting patiently for the bookLOL))

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay! I’m so happy you’re continuing your daily watercolor practice! I think it’s even more important when things get busy… such a great stress reliever! hehe

  17. shawnthompsonart 2 years ago

    Nice drawing, I really like your use of greys!!

  18. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    He is darling! The coloring is wonderful with the added pink.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed the coloring!

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