A Little Leaf

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 24 - Autumn Leaf Changing Weather - Doodlewash

Tonight was one of those evenings where I looked at the clock and thought, wow, it’s that late already?! I hadn’t sketched a thing yet, so I quickly doodled this little leaf in honor of the prompt for today. Being on Thanksgiving break makes me lose all sense of time in the most wonderful of ways. I slept in a bit this morning and so the entire has been thrown off in a way that gleefully doesn’t matter at all. Well, sleeping in at my age means being in bed still at 7am. And when I awoke, it was sunny and unseasonably warm here today. This did nothing, of course, to dissuade me from getting into the official start of the Christmas season, and we already started playing some holiday music as we ate our Thanksgiving leftovers this evening. Since there was only two of us for the feast yesterday, the leftovers were literally everything we ate last night and it was just as fantastic the second time around.

I had to squeeze this little doodlewash and post in just before dessert rather than before dinner, since I lost track of time, so I’m typing faster than ever tonight. Philippe made the most artful and delicious apple pie, which I’ll be trying to capture in doodlewash form as I think we’re adding it to the illustrated cookbook we’re making. Oh yes, that’s still happening, and we spent much of the afternoon pulling it together. Like most grand ideas, it’s a few hundred times more difficult to make happen in reality than it did in my mind, but it’s all coming together nicely, if not a bit belated. Our plan is to have a few limited edition hardcover editions as well as an e-book available soon. Since the stuffing Philippe made yesterday was so fabulous, it’s been added to the book as well. It’s just a tiny square tome, with only 10 recipes, but it will hopefully be something people will enjoy.

It’s been a fun couple of days that felt like a weekend and the weekend is just officially beginning! That’s the best feeling of all! And I’m trying to use the extra bit of time to do things that I’ve been needing to get done, like the cookbook, but I’m so easily distracted it’s often difficult to do. I love to bounce from each thing to the next, inching each goal forward as I go. This is probably not the best approach anything at all, but it’s the only way I know. Thankfully, these little daily doodlewash dashes require me to focus on and complete at least one little thing each day. It’s been a wonderful exercise and something that at the very least, always feels like a bit of an accomplishment. I envy those who always have a plan when they start something and can maintain focus while doing so. I’ll instead always be that guy doing everything at once in a frenzy that doesn’t come with a lot of logic. Just a lot of ideas blowing in the wind, like a little leaf.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, and Cobalt Blue.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 24 - Autumn Leaf Changing Weather - Doodlewash
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27 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 12 months ago

    A leaf is a kind of fleeting perfection much like your painting. I’m glad that you are enjoying your time off. Hubby and I had breakfast out and a movie this afternoon. Like you, he’s enjoying the extra days off!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Aww yay! That sounds like a fabulous day indeed!

  2. Lisa 12 months ago

    I love your leaf, and your scattershot way of getting stuff done. I always figured that so long as I was moving forward, I was going in the right direction.of course, it occurs to me that people going in circles are going forward too, but let’s not look behind that curtain!! 😉😉😁😁

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 haha! So true… I guess a circle is a forward of moving forward, but probably not the best one since you always end up in the same place. 😊

  3. sweetsavorygrace 12 months ago

    Its beautiful!

  4. Nay Aung 12 months ago

    Beautiful!!!Carry on as who you are Charlie!!!

  5. Jennifer McLean 12 months ago

    can’t wait to see that cookbook Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks, Jennifer!! 😃💕 Just about a thousand times more difficult to compile than we expected is all! LOL But it’s all set up now… just adding in the final bits of content!

  6. anamika808creative 12 months ago

    Oh woww!!!….I wish I could paint like you…!!!

  7. Pamela Smith 12 months ago

    Nice leaf ,Charlie..your stories are always down to earth life,I can identify with.Thank you…

  8. Thomas Blanchard 12 months ago

    Lovely doodlewash dash! 🙂 lol love that!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      hehe… total dash… I’ve been dashing a lot lately! LOL But it’s fun! 😃💕

  9. Laura Hale 12 months ago

    Nice leaf, nice post. I hope it’s smoother sailing with your book.

  10. Susan Cuss 12 months ago

    Very nice leaf, Charlie! Enjoy your long Holiday weekend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan!! 😃💕 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend as well!

  11. Sandra Gilbert 12 months ago

    What a sweet little leaf. I can’t wait to see the cookbook. I am sure it will be beautiful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 It’s been far more difficult than I realized, which is pretty much the same with all my crazy ideas, but it’s coming along nicely!

  12. Sharon Nolfi 12 months ago

    I like the subtle shadow. Waiting for cookbook.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks! Yeah… trying to proofread and create the book now. WAY harder than we thought it would be so it’s been a slow process. But it’s coming! 😃💕

  13. Delores Azary 12 months ago

    I love the idea of a cookbook!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      It’s coming! Way harder than I thought to pull together, but after I finish writing and proofreading, it will be good to go soon! 😃💕

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