A Tree

Guess this is as good a place as any to start. So well, yeah, this is a tree. It’s not a particularly amazing one, but it does rather resemble a tree, so it’s not too bad.

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15 Comments
  1. […] intimidating than thinking I was trying to make masterpieces every time. On that sunny afternoon, I painted a tree and posted it to my new little blog for nobody in particular.  There were no comments and no “likes” for that little tree, but I was proud of it […]

  2. E. Bancroft 2 years ago

    Happy Anniversary, Charlie! Bravo for your dedication, perseverance and wonderful sense of community. Doodle on!

  3. GeorgieMoon 2 years ago

    Well, if that was your first ever go at trying water colour, you have an amazing talent! I love your blog and it’s great you have lots of followers!

  4. […] the start of this journey, I’ve made well over 500 paintings so far. Sure, there’s that awkward tree that started this whole thing as well as many little hits and misses along the way. Yet, each of these paintings is a step in my […]

  5. John 2 years ago

    On the occasion of your 500th consecutive day of doodlewashing and blogging, I’d like to take this opportunity to tip my hat at you, and the painting that started it all off! Amazing work Charlie – love the passion and enthusiasm that you have for your painting – and your willingness to share and spread that passion and enthusiasm!

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      Thanks so much, John! 😃💕 I really appreciate hearing that. Some days it’s tougher than others to come up with a painting and post, so knowing that people actually enjoy it propels me to keep going!!

  6. […] here and there. And I really like that you can do the same, if you’re so inclined. It all started with this little tree. The first time in my life that I used watercolor and the first post o…. We all start somewhere, but the trick is to just stick with it and refuse to give up. Like my dog […]

  7. […] I’m actually laying off the desserts for awhile, which is precisely what makes me end up wanting to paint them more often. I don’t know whether it’s therapy or some odd form of masochism, but I do love painting them and it still feels like a treat. Obviously, one can’t have dessert all the time, can they? If they can, please tell me, because I’m totally in for that. Instead, I’m told that all these wonderful things should be done in moderation. This, however, is thankfully not true when it comes to watercolor and so I still happily make a little illustration each day. It’s now been over two years of daily doodlewashing for me which clocks in at just over 730 days. When I look at that number now, I’m rather flabbergasted that I’ve managed to make so many watercolor sketches. The “real” ones are trapped in a tower of sketchbooks in the corner, but the virtual ones are all happily hanging out here on Doodlewash. At this point, I often find myself searching my own site to see if I’ve painted something before, because I honestly can’t remember. But it’s nice to have an archive of everything I’ve done, right down to that first tree that started it all. […]

  8. […] all of you, those who read my little rambles that I make each day. I wrote posts for nobody at all when I first started painting, barely saying a word for fear I’d just say something stupid. You showed up and asked for a […]

  9. Thomas Blanchard 12 months ago

    So nice to be able to look back and appreciate how things have changed. Sometimes they are for good and sometimes bad but we can always appreciate where we have been.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Well said! 😃 Yes to that! I look back and see a lot of growth and improvement, and yet I still love each and every little doodlewash I’ve made. It’s fun that every single one is captured here on this site from the start! hehe

  10. Sandra Strait 9 months ago

    Your tree was indeed a wonderful start – like the mighty oak growing from something small into something mighty and enduring.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 I loved that I thought it was cool enough to actually sign it! hehe… it will always remain one of my favorites!

  11. […] from memory with bits of imagination. If nothing else, it’s certainly an improvement over my first tree that started this little blog. Daily painting continues to be one of my greatest joys in life. It’s always a learning […]

  12. […] An Introduction by Paul Laseau. Well, as I’ve mentioned before, it really all started with a tree that I quickly sketched, but by the next day I had completed my first little watercolor sketch from […]

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